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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cassville Alumni Foundation hosting Chili Supper

The Cassville Alumni Foundation will host a Chili Supper and Time Capsule Review on Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at the JC Duncan Gymnasium. The Time Capsule will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m., and alumni will head to the football game at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit CHS Alumni scholarships. The meal is $5 and includes chili, a cinnamon roll and a drink. The event will reveal items to be placed in a 50-year time capsule that will be buried in honor of the school district’s 150th anniversary.

Wheaton Fire District hosting Open House

The Wheaton Fire Protection District will host an Open House on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the new firs station, located at 407 E. Hurlbut in Wheaton. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a featured speaker, Assistant Missouri State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell, at 1:30 p.m.

Chili Cook-off, The Show coming to Cassville

The Annual Fall Festival Chili/Salsa Cook-Off will be held on Oct. 27 on the Cassville square starting at 8 a.m. This year’s festival will include the theme of “Halloween Carnival” and the favorite chili/salsa cook-off competition with decorated booths and carnival games, music entertainment, food vendors and various craft booths. The event will add a Halloween Costume Contest for ages 0-10. For more information and deadlines for the contest and/or booth spaces contact the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce at 417-847-2814. The long-standing music variety show features HomeTown Sound & the RedHots and other local talent. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 25, 27 and 28 with this year’s theme of “Anything Goes.” All performances will be held at the Cassville FEMA building starting Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. A special Sunday matinee will close out the three-day performance beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Cassville Chamber of Commerce office, located at 504 Main St. in Cassville. Tickets are also available at all area Cassville banks.

Central Crossing hosting Health Fair

The Central Crossing Senior Center will be hosting it’s Annual Health Fair on Oct. 16, from 7-10 a.m. This event is open to all members of the community. Reduced-cost Lab Screenings include: Comprehensive health panel, $15, includes complete metabolic profile, lipid profile and complete blood count; PSA, $10; Average blood glucose (Hgb, A1C), $5; Heart Screen (EKG) $10; Lung Screen (PFT) $10; and Thyroid Screen (TSH) $5. Free screenings for weight, BMI and waist measurement, blood sugar, blood pressure and pulse ox will also be available. Pre-registration is not required but will speed up the process for those having blood drawn. Remember to fast 12 hours prior to having blood drawn.

Care group for single moms to meet

Single mothers with a desire to connect with other moms going through the same struggles may attend the monthly Care Group for Single Moms meeting on Monday at the Cassville First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 602 West St. The evening of fun, food and fellowship is designed to bless and encourage single moms. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the evening concludes at 7 p.m. Simultaneously, there are planned activities for children. The Care Group for Single Moms is part of The Caring People, which is a Christian organization that reaches out to single moms. Christian women are trained to lead care groups in which single moms receive unconditional love and friendship. It was founded by JoDee Herschend in 1997. One in four homes in America is headed by a single mom. Discover more about The Caring People at

Democrats group hosting ‘Chili and Soup’ supper

The Lawrence and Barry County Democrats will host a “Chili & Soup” supper on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Mt. Vernon. Donations will be accepted, with proceeds supporting Loretta Thomas, Democratic candidate for the 157th District House seat. The Lodge is located off Highway 39 north of Mt. Vernon. A pie and cake auction will be held. For more information, people may call Jim Kabell at 417-848-4640.

Aquatic Center playground closed for renovations

The children’s playground located next to the Cassville Aquatic Center has been closed to allow the construction of a new playground surface using recycled tires. The project is primarily funded by a $30,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program administers this grant program to divert scrap tires from landfills and illegal dumps by promoting end-uses for scrap tires. The playground is expected to reopen by the end of October. For more information on this project or Cassville municipal parks, people may contact the Public Works Director at 417-847-4441.

Central Crossing hosting pair of events

Central Crossing Senior Center has partnered with Mercy to host a Health Fair at the Center on Oct. 16 from 7-10 a.m. Several health tests will be offered for a nominal fee. Flu shots will also be available. On Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Center will host a a garage sale for the benefit of the lunch salad bar. People may rent a space with table for $10. The Center has a few rectangular and card tables available for use, as well as many round tables. People may also bring their own tables. People may call 417-858-6952 to rent a space. Some space will be available outside.

Cassville band competing in OZARKO Marching Festival

The Cassville High School band will perform Saturday in the OZARKO Marching Festival at the Plaster Sports Complex in Springfield. Cassville is in the White Division and will perform at 1:27 p.m. Finals competitions begin at 6:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony will be at 9:20 p.m. Spectators may buy tickets for $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Children 5-and-under are free. For more information, people may call 417-836-5454.

Seligman Chamber hosting Bluegrass Music Night

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Bluegrass Music Night on Oct. 5 at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 in Seligman. Food serving will begin at 5:30 p.m., and music will start at 6 p.m. The Flyin’ Buzzards and White River Junction will perform. Admission is free, and the meal is $5 per person. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili or pulled pork sandwiches will be offered, as well as chips, a drink and dessert. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

Medicare training volunteers needed

The Medicare open enrollment season will begin soon, and many seniors have come to depend on the unbiased counseling they receive from the Medicare Team at Central Crossing Senior Center every year. In total, area seniors have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by finding the best plan for their individual needs and the numbers keep increasing. Normal attrition over the years, however, has resulted in fewer volunteers. In order to continue this work, it’s imperative to find and train volunteers. If anyone has an interest in helping in this way, the Center needs help. No experience is needed, as the Center fully trains its volunteers. People with questions about becoming a volunteer Medicare Counselor may call 417-858-6952. People may also attend the Medicare Volunteer training kickoff meeting at the Central Crossing Senior Center on Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to lunch time.

Jolly Mill History Day upcoming

Jolly Mill Park will host a Jolly Mill History Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park will be open and offering corn grinding, a hardwood steam engine and sawmill in operation. The Chapman school will also be open, and Hit and Miss engines, antique tractors, blacksmithing and other historical displays will be set up. Admission is free.

21st Annual Jenkins Fire Department Fish Fry set for Saturday

Fish, chicken and all the trimmings are on the menu at the 21st Annual Jenkins Fire Department Fish Fry on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Ripplin’ Creek will provide entertainment, and the auction will end the evening. The meal will include fish or chicken, baked beans, slaw, hush puppies, a dessert and a drink, with serving beginning at 5 p.m. Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10 and children 5-and-under eat for free. Auction items donated by area businesses and individuals will be on display, with the auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fern Mease has donated a quilt to be raffled. For more information, people may call Sara at 417-342-4243 or Sandy at 417-840-9635.

Seligman Train Ride schedule set

Seligman Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas-Missouri Railroad will be featuring their Fall Excursion Train Ride from Seligman to Van Buren, Ark., on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14. This is an all-day trip, leaving Seligman City Hall at 7:30 a.m. and arriving in Van Buren at about 11 a.m. There will be approximately three hours for shopping, eating and arts and crafts. The train travels through the boot heel of the Boston Mountains, crosses over three high trestles, crosses streams 18 times and goes though Winslow Tunnel. Everyone receives two snacks, one going and one returning. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612 or 479-678-8600. Senior discounts are also available, as well as group of 10 discounts. Watch the paper for more information in upcoming advertisements.

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