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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Habitat hosting fundraiser

The Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County will host a fundraiser on Aug. 8 from 4-8 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Cassville. There will be a silent auction, Bingo, tickets for Branson attractions and possibly a live auction. The cost is $1 per ticket, $5 for six tickets or $20 for an arm’s length. Cost of the Bingo cards is to be determined. There will be hot dogs, chips, water and candy available. The event aims to raise money for the Habitat to build new homes. It is open to the public and cash, credit cards and debit cards will be accepted.

Road to closed for bridge replacement

Barry County Farm Road 1135 over Flat Creek will be closed until the end of October for a bridge replacement.

Veterans Taskforce of America to meet

The Veterans Taskforce of America, Inc. will meet at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett on Sunday at 4 p.m. All honorably discharged men, women, wartime or peacetime are welcomed.

Central Crossing Senior Center plans lunch

The Central Crossing Senior Center will have a Pickup and Go Special Lunch for seniors on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The special will be reuben sandwiches, chips and dessert. The meal is first-come, first-served and, as always, are at no cost to those 60 and over, but a donation would not be refused. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Mike Parson has decided to withhold funds approved for senior services last year to aid in the recovery. These funds would provide the Center with the ability to help more seniors stay in their homes. Central Crossing Senior Center Administrator Terri Johnson is available at 417-858-6952 from Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to answer any questions.

Barry County Democrats meeting set

The Barry County Democrats will meet on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The monthly meeting will be at the Golden Community Center in Golden, located at 28686 Hwy. J. Also, the group wants to remind everyone to vote on Aug. 4. For questions, people may contact Maella Blalock at 231-343-2727.

Absentee voting ongoing

Absentee voting continues for the Aug. 4 Primary Election through Monday, Aug. 3 at the Barry County Clerk’s Office in Cassville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will also be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Polls open on Election Day, Aug. 4, at 6 a.m., and they close at 7 p.m. If unable to vote absentee in person, voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed. People may pick up an absentee ballot request form at the Monett Chamber of Commerce, or send a written request to the office of: Jill H. LeCompte, Barry County Clerk, 700 Main St. Suite 2, Cassville, MO 65625 or by fax at 417-847-5311. If requesting an absentee ballot by mail, the Office will need: Date of election, name of voter, physical address, mailing address, date of birth, last four (4) digits of Social Security number, phone number, reason for voting absentee (absent from voting location on election day or physical disability), party preference and signature. People may also print an absentee application from and mail it to the Clerk’s Office. The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is July 22 for the Aug. 4 Primary Election. For additional information, people may call Barry County Clerk, Jill H. LeCompte at 417-847-2561 or email

Old Church Gallery Farmers’ Market operating weekly

The Old Church Gallery Farmers’ Market, located on Farm Road 1240 in Shell Knob, runs every Thursday from 8-11 a.m. Fresh produce, eggs, jellies, relishes, baked goods, cut flowers and handmade crafts are available The Market is asking visitors to please follow the health guidelines and wear face coverings and practice six-foot physical distancing while shopping. Old Church Gallery can be reached at 417-858-2510

5K to be held at TroutFest

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Cassville will host a 5K Trout Trot & Minnow Mile in conjunction with TroutFest on Aug. 15. Pre-registration is available through July 18 to guarantee runners a T-shirt. Pre-registration for the Trout Trot is $15 per runner, and pre-registration price for the Minnow Mile is $10 per runner. “We are excited to have TroutFest this year and are excited to begin the day with a 5K and Mile run,” said Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce director Rachael Freeman. “This race is sponsored by Freedom Bank and we are thankful for their support.” Those looking to register for the event can do so by visiting

Seligman dances back on

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center will continue every Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Seligman Community Event Center. Potluck is also back, so everyone is asked to bring a snack to share. For more information, people may call 417-662-3612.

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