News Briefs, March 27

Development Center celebrating 50th

The Barry-Lawrence County Development Center in Monett will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration and open house at its new facility, located at 220 Chapell Drive, on April 6 from 1-5 p.m. People may tour the new debt-free building and playground. “We want to thank everyone that has helped make our dream of a new building a reality,” a press release said.

Lawrence and Barry County Democrats meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will be on Thursday 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.

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 fouryear- 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 417847-2445 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 Friday

SWMO ReStore and Builds will host a Prom Dress Extravaganza on Friday 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 Friday. 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 417-8474510 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.

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, after-school Wii games from 3:30-5 p.m; Thursday, Tot Time at 9 a.m. (registration required), Story Time at 10 a.m. (registration required), “Life on Our Planet” documentary with DNR at 6 p.m.; Friday, Bingo Night from 6-8 p.m. (all ages); Saturday, Teen Video Games, 10 a.m. to noon (waiver required); Tuesday, Homeschool Program at 10 a.m. (registration required).

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 417887-9272 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.