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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Cassville High School returning to full seated classes

Beginning Jan. 5, Cassville High School will be returning to a five-day-per-week seated student attendance schedule. As a result of the recent adjustments by the Centers for Disease Control and the modified quarantine guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as well as the Barry County Health Department, district administrators said they believe this provides the school great options to keep staff and students safe while also offering in-person learning. In order to maintain full five-day-per-week seated attendance, the masking requirement for staff and students will remain in place.

Central Crossing Senior Center Closed for Holidays

The Central Crossing Senior Center will be closed from Dec. 24 until Jan. 4, 2021, for the Holidays. This means no drive through lunches will be available during those 11 days. The staff and volunteers made and safely distributed over 23,000 meals since the Center closed the doors on activities on March 16. They all deserve thanks and appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the community. While there is still no reopening date in sight, Center staff will return with the drive through meals on Jan. 4, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SeniorAge and the Board of Shell Knob Seniors, Inc. wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Libraries closed for holidays

All Branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. Facilities will reopen on Jan. 4, 2021,.

Knisley retirement event scheduled

A Retirement Open house will be held on Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freedom Bank in Cassville to celebrate Linda Knisley. Knisley has worked as a teller at Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri for 13 years.

Veterans Taskforce of America to meet

The Veterans Taskforce of America Inc. will meet at the Angus Branch Steakhouse in Monett on Jan. 3, 2021, at 4 p.m. All honorably discharged men and women serving in wartime or peacetime are invited.

Blood Drive coming to Arvest

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Arvest Bank, located at 503 Main St. in Cassville, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 30. People may Make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. To encourage donations this holiday season, those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross from Dec. 18 to Jan. 4, 2021,, 2021, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

OATS Transit open for regular service

OATS Transit is open for regular transportation service, however, face masks are required on the bus due to COVID-19. People may call the OATS Transit office at 417-887-9272 or 800-770-6287 to schedule a ride or find out about service in their area. People may go to and click on the bus schedules tab for a specific county to see the full schedule. OATS Transit is available to the rural general public of any age, seniors and individuals with disabilities. OATS also contract with a number of agencies to serve their clients. OATS Transit will not be operating on Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

Seligman dances continue

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

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