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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

FEMA's flood assistance application deadline on Monday

Those seeking financial assistance for damages incurred in the December 2015 flooding have until Monday to file an application with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Survivors may be eligible for grants from FEMA and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. They may register online at or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 (FEMA), 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual registration assistance is available. They may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones. Disaster assistance applicants who are hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY should call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service should call 800-621-3362.

Mercy to host Open House for EMS services

After taking over EMS services for the South Barry County Ambulance District on March 9, Mercy is planning to host an EMS Stations Blessing and Open House at 1 p.m. on March 28. The event will be held at the District's ambulance building, located at 73 Smithson Drive in Cassville.

Breakfast and Ballot Issues on tap in Cassville

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host Breakfast and Ballot Issues on March 29 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. The breakfast is an educational opportunity for Chamber members regarding the upcoming April election. Attendees will hear from those representing ballot issues. Light breakfast will be served, and donations are requested to offset expenses. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to the Chamber by calling 417-847-2814. Questions are still needed for the event, and they may be submitted to the chamber before March 22.

Absentee voting for April election ongoing

Absentee voting for the April 5 General Municipal Election continues through April 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barry County Clerk's office in Cassville. The last day to request a ballot by mail is March 30. People may send written requests to: Gary Youngblood, Barry County Clerk, 700 Main St. Suite 2, Cassville, MO 65625, or fax to 417-847-5311. Name, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last four digits of Social Security number, phone number, reason for voting absentee and a signature must be included. For more information, people may call the clerk's office at 417-847-2942 or 417-847-2561, or email

Cassville Primary School screenings scheduled

Cassville Primary School will host screenings for 3- and 4-year-olds on April 1 and April 8. The child must be 3 years old by the testing date. To schedule an appointment, parents may call the school's office at 417-847-2445.

Adult Education Class scheduled at Southwest

The Southwest Agriculture Department will host an Adult Education Class on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided, and the topic is, "Cattle Nutrition: Feed Her What She Needs," presented by Reagan Bluel, with the University of Missouri Extension.

Eagle Rock Library planning garage sale

The Eagle Rock Friends of the Library are planning the Annual Garage Sale, scheduled for June 4 at the Eagle Rock Community Center. People may call the Library to get a space. The sale will be inside, so rain will not be a factor. For more information on any events, people may call the Library at 417-271-3186.

Cassville police set for DWI, seatbelt crackdowns

Local police will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick's Day Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance--impaired driving crackdown. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Cassville, will run from Thursday to Sunday. The Cassville Police Department said its officer's will be aggressively looking for substance--impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing drunk driving epidemic. Coinciding with the event will be a youth seatbelt enforcement campaign, which runs from now until March 31. Under the Graduated Driver's License law, teens are required to wear a seat belt, as it's a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing a seat belt.

Cassville church hosting Easter Egg Hunt

The First Christian Church in Cassville, located at 905 Old Exeter Road, will host an Easter Egg Hunt on March 27. A free breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., service will be held at 10:40 a.m., and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at noon.

Soroptimist Club Potato Bake set for Thursday

The ladies of Soroptimist Club of Barry County will host a St. Patrick's Day potato bake on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. Luncheon attendees will enjoy a baked potato, chili, broccoli and cheese soup and a dessert for $7. The Kid Cat Choir will also perform at 12:15 p.m. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Soroptimist Club of Barry County. The club is committed to improving the lives of women and children in Southwest Missouri. The ladies of Soroptimist provide scholarships for women, as well as funding to nonprofit organizations through their Dreams in Action program. Price Cutter Supermarket will provide the baked potatoes. Dine in or carry out options will be available to all attendees. For more information, people may contact Brittany Farris at 417-847-2814.

Eagle Rock to host Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center Barn, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photos. For more information, people may call 417-271-3186.

Tour de Cass slated for Friday

Hutchens Construction and the Crowder College Foundation will host the Tour de Cass on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Cassville Golf Club. Wine, craft beers and hors d'oeuvres will be served at a cost of $10 per person. All proceeds benefit Crowder College in Cassville. People may call 417-455-5701 to RSVP, or email

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