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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Book signing at Barry County Museum

Local author Debra Walden Davis will be signing copies of her novels at the Barry County Museum on June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Walden Davis, previously of Seligman, attended her freshman year at Southwest, returning in 1977 to teach junior high science for two years. She retired from teaching in 2014. Her first book “Almost Home,” was published in August 2018. Walden Davis’ three-book Gambit Investigations Series is set in Springfield. She incorporates local places of interests in her novels. In “Whispers,” clues lead Greene County deputy John Hutsell to Mark Twain National Forest in search of a missing person. While there, Hutsell meets old-timer, Clayton Roberts, who shows him the best place to “hide a body” in Mark Twain. Inspiration for the Roberts character was inspired by Walden Davis’ 94-year-old father, Wayne Walden, a current resident of Seligman. Walden Davis presently lives in Battlefield, where she is plotting book number five, “Not Dark Yet.”

Route 90 to be resurfaced

Drivers can expect lane closures and occasional traffic delays on Missouri Route 90 as various resurfacing projects began this week, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation said. Route 90 from Missouri Route 43 near Southwest City east approximately 45.8 miles to Missouri Route 37 near Washburn is being redone. Traffic impacts include: Traffic reduced to one lane where contractor crews are working; Drivers will encounter flaggers and pilot cars where crews are working, and Drivers should wait for the pilot vehicle before proceeding through the work zone or before entering the work zone from a side road; Work will be done during daytime hours, with all lanes open to traffic at night; No signed detour; Drivers should find alternate routes; Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching the work zone. The work is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

Habitat to host annual meeting

Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County will hold its annual meeting on Sunday at the OACAC building at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Purdy Alumni to meet

The Purdy Alumni will hold their annual meeting on June 26 at the Purdy School cafeteria at 6 p.m. The classes of 1970 and 1971 are to be honored this year. All school alumni are encouraged to attend.

Bluegrass at Roaring River each Friday

Bluegrass music will be held at Roaring River State Park every Friday through Sept. 24, and on Saturdays from July 24 to Sept. 25. Bands playing at the shelter include: The Flyin Buzzards, Sugar Mountain Band, The Mayfields, Ozark Mt. Five, No Apparent Reason, Spillwater Drive, Ozark Mt. Revival, Red Bridge Bluegrass, The Bakers & Friends, and the Possum Trot Band. Admission is free and the music goes from 7-9 p.m. Holiday specials remaining include Independence Day on July 2-3.

Old Church Gallery Farmers’ Market open

The Old Church Gallery Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 8-11 a.m. The Market offers fresh produce, eggs, jellies, relishes, baked goods, cut flowers and handmade crafts. Visitors are asked to please follow the health guidelines and wear face coverings and practice 6-foot physical distancing while shopping. Old Church Gallery is located on Farm Road 1240 in Shell Knob and can be reached at 417-858-2510.

Seligman dances ongoing each Saturday

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce dances at the Seligman Chamber Event Center are 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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