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Friday, January 24, 2014

The McDowell Music Jubilee continues on Saturday, Jan. 25. The open mike sessions for old-time music will begin at 6:30 p.m. The jubilee is located south of Highway Z at Pleasant Ridge on Highway V to McDowell and follow the signs.

The next dance at the Pierce City Senior Citizens Center will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. The Fun Timers will provide live music. Cost is $3.

A "Saturday night special" dance at Seligman Chamber Event Center will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 featuring a brand new band, Three Hits and A Miss. Admission is $4 and teens are free. For more information people may call 417-662-3612.

The Parish Council of Catholic Women at St. Marys Church in Pierce City and the St. Mary's Home and School will joint sponsor a fundraiser to benefit the school's technology fund. A fun night of "Bingo and Spuds" is being planned for 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. A stuffed baked potato with toppings, drink, and dessert will be available for $5 for adults and $3 children ages 4-10. Children under age 4 are free. Bingo will be $.50 per play.

The United Methodist Men will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1600 N. Central in Monett.

The Mt. Vernon Business Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center.

The Ozark Artists Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Mt. Vernon Library Branch.

An educational support group for diabetes will begin meeting weekly on Jan. 27 at Mercy Hospital in Aurora and Cassville. For information on flexible class times, people may call Judy Carver at 417-678-7980.

A retirement reception will be held for Lawrence County Health Department director Alethea Goodman and environmental sanitarian Gary Boone from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at the department office at 105 W. North St. in Mt. Vernon.

A farewell party for Noel George, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, and his family, will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the church, located east of Race Brothers. George has accepted a call to minister in North Little Rock and will leave at the end of the month.

The Barry County Council on Aging will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob.

First Baptist Church of Pierce City will host an open house/house warming for the Rice family, who recently lost their home in a fire. An open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church, located on Highway 97 north of Pierce City. Donations of kitchen items, pots, pans, furniture, bedding, towels, toys, TV, cleaning supplies, starter groceries, clothing etc. would be appreciated. The family has received new mattresses from Westco in Cassville. Stephanie and Shane Rice, and their children: Lexus, Trace and Breanna, will all be in attendance. For more info contact Brandi Burt 476-2842.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Crowder College campus at 4020 N. Main in Cassville.

The Rebel's Bluff Troupe will produce Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" on Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center (the Marc).

A benefit dinner for Diane Schnake will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at King's Way Christian Church in rural Mt. Vernon. The church is located on Highway 39 north to Highway V, across from the football field and left. For more information, people may call 417-606-0338.

January in National Radon Action Month. The Environmental Protection Agency urges residents to have their homes tested for radon, an invisible and odorless radioactive gas, every two years. One in 15 American homes may contain high levels of radon. For information, people may contact Randall Maley at 573 751-6102 or by e-mail at

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