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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

FFA Labor Auction and Fish Fry on March 30

The Cassville FFA Labor Auction and Fish Fry will be held at 6 p.m. on March 30 at the Family Life Center, located at 200 East 5th St. in Cassville. The mean will include fired fish or chicken tenders, french fries, coleslaw and baked beans for a $10 donation. Numerous local businesses have donated items to be auctioned off, and desserts will be included in the auction. In the labor auction, students will be in pairs of two with a work day of four hours. The dates will be scheduled between the students and the buyer.

Cassville Alumni Association Banquet set for May

On May 26, the Cassville Alumni Association will host its annual banquet at Cassville High School. There will be entertainment, food and a quick program. The business portion of the annual event will include presentation of scholarship awards, election of officers and recognition of classes with special attention to class reunions. Registration will open at 4:30 p.m., with the banquet starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, which includes dinner, alumni dues and contribution to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Any classes hosting reunions may contact Desiree Corn at 417-847-3137 to reserve tables.

Eagle Rock hosting 8th Annual Community Garage Sale

The 8th Annual Community Garage Sale in Eagle Rock will be held on May 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Community Center Barn. Concessions are available, and the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, people may call Roberta at 417-671-1669.

Head Start spring recruitment underway

The Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Head Start is now accepting applications for its program for enrollment beginning in September. Head Start is a school readiness program serving children ages 3-5 aimed at preparing children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The program is designed to support the healthy growth and development to children, and to support parents in their roles as the child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start provides: medical and dental referrals; preventative health and dental assistance; screening and referrals, including developmental, language, mental health, nutrition and speech, inclusion of children with disabilities and nutritious meals. Bus transportation is available based on bus routes and schedule for a half-day. Transportation assistance is also available for families to attend Head Start activities. Children with disabilities are invited to participate in all parts of the program. Full-day, extended-day or half-day sessions are available. Families who meet income guidelines and whose children are 3 years old are eligible to apply. Homeless children and children in foster care automatically qualify. For more information on Head Start, people may visit, or call the local Head Start at 417-847-8011, or the central office toll-free at 866-282-3430.

Retirement party being held at Roaring River Health and Rehab

Roaring River Health and Rehab is hosting a retirement party for Bettie Weaver no March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the facility, located at 812 Old Exeter Road in Cassville.

Roaring River State Park hosting Birding Boot Camp

Beginner and experienced birders alike are invited to Roaring River State Park Saturday and Sunday, for an educational Birding Boot Camp. Topics will include how to identify birds on sight as well as by their songs and nests. Participants will also learn about birds found in the park, how to attract birds to homes and how to help scientists around the world study and protect these invaluable natural resources. The event will begin at the park’s Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center. For more information about the event, people may contact a park naturalist at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center at 417-847-3742.

Republican Club to meet on Tuesday

The Barry County Republican Club will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett.

Leann Cemetery cleanup scheduled

The Leann Cemetery cleanup is scheduled for Satuday at 10 a.m., and the rain date is March 31. For more information, people may call Ruby Vincent at 417-574-6323.

Camp Barnabas hosting 5K in Springfield

Camp Barnabas’ 6th Annual “Big Party” Half Marathon & 5K Race is set for April 7. It’s called the “Big Party,” as there are more than 20 party and entertainment groups, including four DJs, cheering the runners on along the route. All proceeds benefit the camper scholarship fund, so more individuals can attend camp this summer.

Exeter planning City-Wide Yard Sale, Cleanup Day

The city of Exeter will host its annual City-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday. Anyone interested in participating may stop by City Hall or call 417-835-2823. No fee is charged to participate, and a list of sales and addresses will be available at City Hall. Three days later, on Tuesday, the city will host its annual Cleanup Day. Those with appliances for disposal may call City Hall to arrange for pickup.

Seligman Spring Train Ride coming in April

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host its Spring Train Ride to Van Buren, Ark., on April 28 and 29. This is an all-day trip from Seligman to Van Buren aboard the Arkansas and Missouri railroad excursion train. It will be Arts and Crafts Day in Van Buren. The train will go through the boot heel of the Boston Mountains, cross three high trestles, go through Winslow tunnel and cross streams 18 times. There will be about 200 vendors at the Arts and Crafts Day in Van Buren. The train will depart at 7:30 A.m. and return at 6:45 p.m. Two snacks will be provided, on the way there and on the way back. People may get their own lunch in Van Buren. For more information on the train ride, people may call 417-662-3612, or to make a reservation, people may call 1-800-687-8600.

2018 Southwest Yearbooks Order Forms Available

Yearbook order forms are available at all three Southwest school facilities, according to Advisor Steve Voyak. The deadline to order is May 1. No extra books will be printed, so people must order now. The cost of the 2018 yearbook is $25. A student can put his or her name on the publication for $5 extra. A club, senior or sports icon can also be purchased for $5. The staff is also offering two special deals. The first is a combo pack. For $30, a student will get the 2018 and 2017 books at a discounted price. There are a limited number of 2017 books still available. The second deal is the family pack, which is two 2018 books for $45. For more information, people may contact Voyak at 479.422.5395 or 417.826.5413 or  

Breakfast and Ballot Issues set for March 27

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast and Ballot Issues on March 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cassville United Methodist Church. The breakfast will be an informational event for Chamber members regarding the upcoming April 3 election. All Cassville School Board candidates, and those representing a ballot issue that choose to attend, will offer a short introduction and answer questions that have been submitted to the Chamber office prior to the breakfast. Each candidate will have a limited amount of time to answer the question that is addressed to them. This is an educational opportunity for our Chamber members. This is not a debate. Chamber members are encouraged to submit questions to or by calling the Chamber office at 417-847-2814. All questions will be considered; however, final questions will be selected by Chamber volunteers. Deadline to submit possible questions is March 19. The meeting will not be open for questions at the event. The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will provide a light breakfast to event attendees. Monetary donations will be accepted to offset expenses. Those interested in attending should submit an RSVP to or 417-847-2814 by March 21. For more information, people may contact the Chamber office at or 417-847-2814.

Absentee voting underway

Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood has announced absentee voting for the April 3 Municipal Election is underway in the clerk’s office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If unable to vote in person, a voter may send a written request to the office of: Gary Youngblood, 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 a signature. Those in the Shell Knob or Monett area may go to the Shell Knob Chamber or Monett Chamber Office and fill out the absentee application. They will fax it to the Barry County Clerk’s office. The last day to request a ballot to be mailed is March 28. For more information, people may call Youngblood at 417-847-2762 or 417-847-2561, or email

Personal property statements due by March 31

Sherry L. Smith, Barry County assessor, announced the 2018 Personal Property and Business Assessment lists were mailed out on Jan. 2. Those who received an assessment list, but have not returned it yet, should do so immediately to avoid a late assessment penalty. If anyone owned personal property on Jan. 1 and did not receive an assessment list, or is a new resident to Barry County, they should call the Assessor’s Personal Property office immediately at 417-847-2613 to request one. Residents may assess directly over the telephone with one of the office staff, or feel go to the personal property office to assess in person. All assessment lists must be postmarked by March 31 to avoid a late assessment penalty.

SKITS to host play in April

Shell Knob in the Spotlight (SKITS) will host a “Western Comedy” on April 27 and 28 at 6:30 p.m., and April 29 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Highways YY and 39 in Shell Knob. People may call or text Barb Van Dusen for tickets at 417-665-9763. The cost is $7 in advance or $9 at the door.

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