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Monday February 27th 2017



Shell Knob Chamber News written by Twila

April 7th & 8th     Chamber Home & Business Show            Friday 5pm – 8:30pm Saturday  9am – 3pm                      S.K. School Gymnasium

  • Contracts/Applications have been mailed.  Please call to confirm your booth space if you have not already.
  • We will be making calls next week for sponsorship of “Shower of Flowers”.  Last year 36 plants were given away!
  • If you are a new member and interested in participating, please call the office.
  • If you are available for set up and/or take down please call the office
  • We would like to have a job fair on Saturday the 8th, 10am – 1pm.  Those businesses that are looking for at least summer help and would be interested in participating please call the office.
  • The Trout Pond is returning this year. We are also hosting a booth for Ozark Water Watch.  They will have directions and containers for both Barry and Stone County Health Dept for water testing, well and septic information and other projects they are working on to assist in keeping Table Rock Lake clean.   We are working with CCFD and other Emergency Services to have a booth for disaster planning.  I recommend everyone take time to stop at this booth for valuable information.

May 13th             River Bassin Trail – Kayak Fishing Tournament

  • The Chamber of Commerce is helping to sponsor a kayak fishing tournament.
  • Check out their website for more information on how it is organized and ran.
  • Resort and campground owners that would like to participate in offering a “package deal” or discount, please notify the office this week.  Your information will be put on their website for applicants to call and make reservations. We will give them a code to use so that you will know they are with the tournament and are eligible for your deal.
  • They say attendance can be 60 – 120 participants in the tournament.  We believe the number will probably be closer to 60.    Event organizer Drew Gregory has said that participants usually bring family along for the trip. This is an excellent way to market our area to new people and possibly get them to return for vacation!

This weekend is the last of the scheduled boat shows for spring.  I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help us out this year. We have plans to attend the Kansas State Fair in September this year.  If you think you could give a day or two for that it would be helpful.

I am sure that you have heard or seen the businesses or owners that are coming soon.  Michael Bradley’s Timberoc Grill is working towards a March 1st opening.  A new gun shop will be opening where the Keller/Williams Realty Office was in the Plaza, and Cindy and Ken Hedgpeth will be the new owners of Treasure’s in March.  We wish Susan the best and thank her for contributions to the Chamber and the Community. Look forward to working with Cindy and Ken.

I am scheduled to receive supplies for this year’s Shoreline Clean Up Day (April 1st) on Monday, March 13th.  Stop in the office to pick up supplies and sign- up sheet.

Melanie Ashby – Economic Development Committee Chair is working out a schedule with Missouri State University SBTCD to schedule additional classes for us.  These classes will concentrate on social media. i.e. Facebook, twitter, website, etc.   We will notify you as soon as the dates/classes are set.

Enjoy the beautiful weather,




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers urge boaters, dock owners and visitors at its White River Basin lakes to take extra safety measures because of low lake levels.  Cold weather has fueled demand for hydroelectricity from five Corps dams in the basin.  Below normal rainfall has reduced inflow into the lakes which has led to low lake levels.

Beaver, Table Rock, Greers Ferry, Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are five to 10 feet below the tops of their conservation pools.  Levels are expected to continue to decline until there is sufficient rainfall to begin replenishing the lakes.

There is plenty of water for boating and other activities.  However, officials urge extra precautions.  Dock owners should monitor their docks closely and move them as needed to prevent them from being grounded.

For boaters, some launch ramps may be impaired.  Stay in main river channels, and give the shoreline a wide berth.  Some areas may harbor obstacles just below the surface such as land points, rock formations, tree stumps or other hazards and shallow spots that are usually deep under water.



Slow down, wear life jackets and use depth finders.  Check with local marinas about trouble spots.  Be especially careful at night.  Boaters are encouraged to stay on the side of the lake with bluffs since water is usually deeper there.  Gradually sloping shorelines can indicate shallow water depth.  A change in water color can indicate a change in depth.  Lighter color often indicates shallower water.

For more information about lake levels, log onto the Internet at and click “Water Levels.”  


Senior Center Notes written by Rita

Notes from Rita at the Senior Center

This Saturday, Feb. 18th is our first fund raising breakfast of

the year. We will serve from 7:30-10:00 AM at the senior center.
The menu consists of Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Oatmeal and coffee and orange juice.Hope you are joining us.
We will also have a small silent auction. You never know what you
will find. You do not need to be present to win. We will call you if
you have the winning bid on any item. The proceeds will be used for some of our programs.
See you Sat. at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
On the same day the Fire Dept./First Responders are having their chili/soup lunch/dinner. Hope to see you there between 11-7.
And last but not least if you don’t want to cook dinner either go to the Eagles for dinner. A Mexican dinner will be served 4-6 PM to raise money for the Donaldson family. Donations are accepted for the meal.
See you Saturday at one of these events or maybe all three.

Fishing is so much fun! Written by Tom Koob

River Bassin’ Tournament

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a River Bassin’ Tournament on May 13, 2017. The River Bassin’ Tournament Trail sponsors fishing tournaments throughout the United States. These events are for kayak and canoe anglers who want to fish for bass on “wild waters”. The series uses a unique format in which anglers choose the water they want to fish within a 60 mile radius of the host location. When an entrant catches a bass, a photo of the fish is taken on a measuring board. The photo is uploaded to a live leaderboard where contestants and spectators can watch the tourney progress in real time.

River Bassin’ was founded by Drew Gregory as a way to promote fun, family oriented fishing for anglers who want to enjoy more secluded waters from kayaks and canoes. Each event is open to anglers of any skill level. Teams and families are welcome to enter and attend the event activities. Tournament day is a fun-filled affair with games, food and prizes.

Drew Gregory says about this exciting series,

“I got into kayak fishing to be able to catch fish in less pressured wild places, such as rivers or creeks, that my boat couldn’t get to. Large reservoirs and lakes already have plenty of competitive series, so I wanted to give kayak anglers a chance to have fun competing in the locations where the kayak really excels.”

The event in Shell Knob will be a Regional Tournament and allow entrants to fish the many fine area rivers and streams and even some portions of Table Rock Lake. Information about River Bassin’ and how to register can be found at or on Facebook or by calling 724-989-1630. Drew Gregory’s Hooked on Wild Waters videos can be viewed on Youtube. The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce can be contacted at or 417-858-3300.

Spring will be here soon. It will be a beautiful time of year to enjoy the Ozarks up close. The River Bassin’ Tournament will provide an excellent chance to experience nature whether as a participant or spectator.


In Shell Knob, this Saturday, February 18, is “Mama doesn’t have to cook day!!!!”

It is that time of year again, just as Spring always brings us flowers at the lake, the fundraisers are officially starting to sprout.  Saturday we will have two of our favorite Fund Raising events.  Food all day long!!!

#1 Central Crossing Center will start at 7:30 to 10 am serving a great breakfast of Biscuits and Gravy, Eggs, Sausage and Bacon, Oatmeal, Juice and Coffee.  Six Dollars for Adults and Children under 6 will be free.  The Center is located at 20801 YY15 Shell Knob, Mo.  From Hwy 39 turn onto YY.  Go left on YY15.  Go 1/2 mile.  Senior Center is on your left. 

#2 Central Crossing Fire and First Responders Chili Fest, will start at 11 am until 7 pm.  This event is an all you can eat for adults  7 dollars. Children 3 dollars with desserts available for an additional 2 dollars.  This chili is outstanding and you do have the choice of Chicken Noodle Soup both are great!  Shell Knob-Viola Community Building is will be the venue.  Go across the bridge south until you see the Mercy Hospital sign on the right, turn left and you will see the large new sign identifying the Community Building. Carry out and Delivery Orders are available for this event. 




This coming Spring will see several changes around the Central Community United Methodist Church here in Shell Knob.  Earlier this year people in the community completed a survey concerning several possible new projects.  One was  the idea of a Community Garden utilizing the property west of the main church.This one had the most benefit to members , the community at large and had the greatest potential.  By utilizing the vacate land west of the main building  met with the most approval.  A committee made up of Pastor Bill Kenagy, Betty Ragland, Paula Andersen, Jeanette Cassidy, Sherry Enyart, and several others have met twice to finalized plans for these community garden tracts.  It is possible to have 16 or more 5 X 12 garden tracts for rent. A well will supply the water for $20 dollars rental  for the summer.  Applications will be available next week at the Methodist Church Office.  There will be a communal tract for volunteers to share labor and supplies. This outreach program hopes to promote sharing of excess vegetables and fruits for those in need.

At this time, materials, gardening supplies, monies, labor, and tools are accepted at the church office for a specified dollar donation receipt.  The choice of gray cinder blocks for creating the garden tracts can be left at the garden site and by notifying the church office at (417) 858-6707.


Methodist Church Service Time Change and Hospitality for ALL!

From the Pastors Desk

31 January 2017

This Sunday February 5th at 9:00am we begin our next step in worship by welcoming each other with no strings attached. In order to welcome the people of our community into the life of the church we must first learn to welcome each other. This is an exciting time for the church to grow in ways we never imagined and this Sunday is the starting point.

Hospitality is the way we welcome others into the life of the church so it is important that we remind ourselves of the following hospitality points:

1.    Wear your name tag. If you do not have one call the church office by Thursday noon to have one made. (417) 858-6707.

2.    Greet people who you do not know by saying, “Hi my name is_______”

3.    Take and don’t point. If someone asks where the restrooms are take them.

4.    No one sits alone. If someone is sitting by themselves offer hospitality by asking if they would like you to sit with them.

5.    If you are able-bodied park as far from the entrance as possible to allow others the closer spots.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday for worship at 9:00am.

Pastor Bill Kenagy


Haven Pet of the Week


Meet Flipper, the Haven of the Ozarks Pet of the Week!  This gorgeous boy is nearly a year and a half old and is a tall, strong 80 pounds.  He’s extremely friendly and outgoing, loves walks, and truly wants a very best friend of his own.  He needs someone who is able to handle a dog his size and who can work with him on his basic manners.  Flipper is very willing to learn but just needs someone to do the teaching.  If you would like a young, beautiful dog with tons of potential, Flipper is your boy.  Come meet him 9-4 any day of the week or call 417-835-3647 for more information.

Haven of the Ozarks 

9617 Farm Road 2190
Washburn  MO  65772
 Hours: 9am-4pm, 7 days a week
9am-Noon on Holidays


Notes from the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce


Jan 16 (2 days ago)

Good Afternoon Members,

They are here!  The 2017 Vacation/Relocation guides are in the office and ready to be picked up.  I also have the newest lake maps for you.  If you have brochures, pamphlets or business cards and would like to restock please bring me those as well.

If you are a Kansas City Royals fan, stop in this week and register for a trip to the Kansas City Royals Fan Fest on Jan 27th and 28th.  This contest is sponsored by KESA Radio.  Includes 4 two day passes to the event at the KC Convention Center, 1 night stay at Hotel Phillips located in downtown Kansas City and a $100 Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ gift card.  You can enter once a day.  Lynn from KESA will be picking up the entries on Thursday afternoon.

Have a great week,



Central Community United Methodist Church Weekly Message from the Pastor

From the Pastor’s Desk

16 January 2017

We welcome Liz Stevenson, as well as Joe and Pat Walker into membership at Central Community United Methodist Church. I hope that you will take a moment in the days ahead to offer signs of welcome to these new followers of Jesus Christ.

Worship Update:

We are looking forward to our next step in worship as we begin offering one worship service on Sundays beginning Sunday February 5th at 9:00am.

I have always struggled with putting labels on worship; traditional, contemporary, blended, etc. These labels mean different things to different people and often confuse churches. I would offer that when asked what kind of worship are we offering beginning February 5th, we would answer plainly, “worship.”

What will worship look like? We will work weekly to bring a worship experience that honors God first. One should expect worship to be upbeat, bring excitement, proclaim Jesus as Lord, and offer the worshipper an opportunity to hear a word from God and then apply it to their life that week.

Last week we formed a worship team: Shelia, JoAnn G, Nora, and Dale. Pray for them as they  begin work planning our music for worship. I am so proud of their commitment to the mission and their commitment to bring excellence to our worship experience.

Be Encouragers for the Mission,

Pastor Bill

Terry Stracke

Central Community United Methodist Church

Shell Knob, MO


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