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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Willing and Ray-ble

Cassville senior soccer player Jackson Ray drew a line in the sand as he entered his final year of high school last fall — no college without soccer. On April 19, Ray committed to both for this fall, signing to play soccer at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly.
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News briefs, May 1

Cheryl Williams, branch supervisor at the Cassville Branch Library, is retiring. A celebration of Williams’ service to the library will be held on May 31 from noon to 5:30 p.m.
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Justin Boot buildings Sold

Nearly four years after closing its doors in 2020, Justin Boot factory in Cassville is now under new ownership. Paul Sidio, a Spokane businessman, worked with local Auctioneer Donnie Stumpff to purchase the pair of buildings on County Farm Road from Justin Boot and Berkshire Hathaway, closing the deal on April 12.
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Leaping into history

Preparing for his second long jump at the Cassville Relays on April 16, Wildcat senior Ashton Wheeler had a feeling he might could make history. His personal record at 6.3 meters, Wheeler leaped into the Cassville history books with a jump of 6.71 meters, surpassing Devin Linenbrink, who held the record with a 2010 jump of 6.58 meters.
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Drake Thomas: Weathering the storm — The unpredictability of child behavior

It seems that spring has sprung here in the Ozarks! Daffodils and dogwoods are in full bloom, the grass and trees have returned to their lively green selves, and a buzz down any road out of city limits will likely show you new spring calves and lambs at their mothers’ sides. As warm and enjoyable as the weather has been, as a born and bred Missourian, I know that the sweet spring weather can quickly turn sour.
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