Barry County

Elected road commissioners sworn in

Newly elected road commissioners were sworn in recently. The group enjoyed a meal catered by John Sullivan and sponsored by ESS (Emery Sapp and Sons), Springdale Tractor, ADS (Advanced Drainage Systems) and Viebrock. At the meeting with all road district commissioners, the Barry County commissioners discussed sunshine law, the bid process and the merger of the Shell Knob and Viola Road Districts.
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Through the Years, May 1

50 YEARS AGO: FASCO’S PROPOSED CASSVILLE PLANT — This is the design drawing of the electric motor manufacturing plant FASCO Industries Inc., of Rochester, N. 1. proposes to build in Cassville. Company plans are to begin immediately after a two-proposition bond program passes here on May 21. The 150,000-square-foot steel and masonry structure would be located on approximately 45 acres purchased by the investments of local businesses in the amount of $50,000. Employment the first year is projected at 400 persons with a three-year growth to over 500 persons. Bond issues pending include a $250,000 water and sewer expansion program for the city of Cassville under a general obligation bond and a $3 million industrial revenue bond for plant construction and equipment. Neither will affect local tax levies. The large manufacturing complex will present this basic view from the Sales Barn Road just south of Cassville.
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Sales tax income drops in April

April sales tax revenues to Barry County dipped for the third time in four months. With the biggest drop since December 2024 impacting more than half the municipal recipients, the sales tax disbursement reflected a general return to pre-pandemic normalcy instead of steady growth.
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