News Briefs

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Speech and Debate Tournament coming to Cassville

The Cassville High School speech and debate team will host the annual Glenda Ward Memorial Speech Tournament on Dec. 2-3. This is a Novice invitational tournament for those in their first year of competition. Competitive events will include: domestic extemp., foreign extemp., original oratory, humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, prose/poetry reading, storytelling, live radio speaking, student congress, LD, PF, and policy debate. Along with the speech team, student members of the Mask and Gavel club will work the tournament. The overall success of the event and past tournaments have been due to the tremendous support of parents, teachers and members of the Cassville community. Volunteers are needed to judge on both days. Judging times are 3:30, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, and 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Individuals who would like to donate their time judging or make a donation to the hospitality room, which will be available for visiting coaches and judges, are asked to call head coach Talana Hinson at 417-847-3137 or email her at

Santa coming to Central Crossing

The Central Crossing Senior Center will host a Star Lighting event on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event will feature Santa, soup and singing. All ages are welcome.

Cassville Christmas Parade being organized

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Those interested in having an entry in the parade can call the Chamber office at 417-847-2814. Trophies will be awarded to religious, non-religious, commercial divisions, marching bands, and horse drawn entries. The single-unit division will receive trophies for best decorated, oldest and most unusual. All float entries will be entered for the Kids Choice Award, sponsored by Hutchens Construction, with a one grand prize winner for $1,000. Entry forms are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday. The parade will begin at Cassville High School and Farm Road 2182, or Clover Street. For information about the parade, people may call the Chamber office at 417-847-2814.

Purdy Christmas parade set for Dec. 17

The City of Purdy Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17. There is no entry fee. Entries will be accepted for floats, bands, flags, antique vehicles, etc. until Dec. 13. There will be sandwiches, snacks and pictures with Santa after the parade at The Gathering Place in Purdy. Part of the proceeds from the sale of snacks will go to the Community Pantry. People may call Ken or Julie Terry for more information at 417-442-3018.

Santa Train Ride seeking sponsors

The For the Kids Foster/Adoptive Parents Association is working once again with Seligman Chamber of Commerce and A&M Railroad to put on the Santa Train Ride Dec. 17 and 18 and needs sponsors. Levels are $50, $100, $250, and $500. Any group or business who would like to become a sponsor should contact Lynette Bailey at 417-489-7903. All of the sponsorship money goes to For the Kids, which covers Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties. All sponsors will have their names listed on the flyers, which will be displayed all around the local communities, Facebook and in the newspapers.

Central Crossing Senior Center offering Medicare assistance

Open enrollment for Medicare is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and the Central Crossing Senior Center will have a Medicare trained assistance team available for free at its building. People may call 417-848-1234 to make an appointment with the team. In the past few weeks, the center has saved seniors $133,264.40.

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