News briefs, March 20

Missouri DNR hosting informational meeting

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on April 11, pertaining to permits the department proposes to issue for the land-application of human and meat-processing sludge in Barry and McDonald Counties. Interested parties can attend in-person or virtually, via Webex. The in-person meeting will be held at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building at 1101 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City, Mo. The department strongly encourages virtual participation via Webex. A virtual meeting link will be provided as soon as possible.

Genealogical and Historical Society hosting work day

The Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society is hosting a clean-up/work day at the Bayless-Salyer House at 9th and Townsend in Cassville on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work will be inside and outside. People are invited to join in the work, or to come visit the house.

Blood drive in Exeter Thursday

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood, platelets, and plasma to patients at 45 area healthcare facilities, is partnering with four area attractions to offer free admissions for lifesaving donors to help boost the region’s blood supply this spring. Successful donors in March and April will receive an Ozarks Adventure Pass, worth over $150 in value in free admission offers. The Ozarks Adventure Pass has tear-away vouchers for free admission so donors can visit ALL of the following attractions: Two free admissions to The Discovery Center – Springfield ($30 value); Two free admissions to The Scott Family Amazeum – Bentonville, Ark. ($24 value); One combo admission to Beyond the Lens! – Branson ($36.99); Two free admissions to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – Eureka Springs, Ark. ($64 value). Community Blood Center of the Ozarks donors provide all the blood for patients at Mercy Hospital Cassville, as well as over 40 other healthcare facilities across the Ozarks. Exeter area residents will have the opportunity to donate at the following location: Exeter High School Commons Area, Front and Locust streets in Exeter, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To help avoid wait times, appointments are strongly encouraged. Donors can schedule an appointment at or by calling 417-227-5006.

Lawrence and Barry County Democrats meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will be on March 28 at the Angus Branch Steakhouse 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 expense. The guest speaker will be Luz Maria Henriquez, state executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU is one of the organizations leading initiative petition efforts in Missouri and working to protect citizens rights and allow their voices to be heard on issues that State government is unresponsive. There will also be discussion of local office filings and formalizing new Democratic sponsored High School Scholarships for High School Seniors in Lawrence and Barry Counties. All local Democrats and like minded citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, people may call Jim Kabell at 417/848-4640.

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 Easter event

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. at the Eagle Rock Community Center, located at 27824 St. Hwy. 86 in Eagle Rock.

City-Wide Clean-Up scheduled

The city of Cassville will host is bi-annual City-Wide Clean-Up the week of April 8-12. Bulk items and household trash will be accepted. Household hazardous waste, electronics, paint, tires and anything containing oil or gasoline will not be accepted.

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 29 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.

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 Saturday

The Missouri Democratic Primary is set for Saturday, 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 https://

CHS bands to perform

The Cassville Middle School and Wildcat Jazz will 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. until April 1. Two-week in-person, no excuse absentee voting began on Tuesday. The Clerk’s Office will also be open on March 30 for absentee voting from 8 a.m. to noon. Polls will open at 6 a.m. on Election Day and close at 7 p.m. Anyone whose address change must update their address with the Clerk’s Office before voting. 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 today (Wednesday). 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

Cassville Branch Library activities scheduled

Activities at the Cassville Branch Library this week include: Today, Open Adult Crafts from 10 a.m. to noon, Mr. Rogers After-School Craft from 3:30-5 p.m; Thursday, Tot Time at 9 a.m. (registration required), Story Time at 10 a.m. (registration required); Friday, Nocturnal Animals Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Homeschool Program at 10 a.m. (registration required), Recipe Club Tuesday, 6 p.m.