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Thursday December 13th 2018



Meek’s Joins Shell Knob Business Community

Employees of the old Barton’s Lumber yard in Shell Knob have seen a fair increase in business since the announcement of their sale to Meek’s Lumber based out of Springfield, Missouri. Eddie Davidson, Manager of the facility reports that all employees were offered positions with Meeks and most everyone choose to stay. “Everyone is excited about the new merchandise that is coming in and that includes employees and customers alike. We are receiving two or more truck loads a day of new inventory. We will be doubling the amount of merchandise that we will be offering here in Shell Knob.”

The new Meeks of Shell Knob will feature an extended inventory of lawn care materials, products, and supplies something that has long been needed in the immediate area. Weekenders will find it easier to shop local for those products and materials needed to maintain their homes and will find a larger selection of suppliers with which to chose. Also customers will find many new offerings in building materials, deck maintenance and building supplies. as well as during Daylight Saving Time extended opening hours will be on Saturday, 8 to 3 pm. Daily hours will be 7 to 5 pm. Look for advertising in local papers soon.

There was some concern about a letter from Barton’s to current customers and builders that stated that they needed to pay their bills and then reapply for a line of credit. Those builders and customers in the middle of building projects were concerned about price increases and materials deficits that could be costly and damaging to their projects. However, that issue is resolving itself and customers are making the transition. Meeks has always had a reputation of being very competitive on their pricing of larger lots of lumber and that seems to be holding true. Keeping the same employees has enhanced their move into the Shell Knob customer base and at this point things are going smoothly.


Kings River Golf at Shell Knob Means Friday Night Fun!

Well after three tough weeks of staying home with dark clouds, rain and friday night blues we hit the course with 36 players. The front nine was covered like a blanket. There were 4 players on every tee box.  There were balls going in every direction.  It looked like a reinactment of the gun scene in the movie Heat with Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.

What a good night to get out and play.  First Place with a score of 31 went to Ric Hall, Ruthie Callahan, Nick Meyer and Super Almyra Klassen who sunk the 15 foot putt for an eagle on #9.  Second place with a 33 went to Randy Petty, Janie Watson, Dave Glenn and Nancy Hassler. The mystery number went to the team of Bob Callahan, Carol Skarp, Bill Field and Janis Manes.  Closest to the pins went to Bill Field on #2 and Ric Hall on #6. After the dust settled we came back to the clubhouse for the monthly pot luck and was it great as usual.  And those cooks are awesome!


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-08

  • Fire in Shell Knob destroys Mobile Trailer at 7:30 Saturday night #

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Ray Ritchey Presents Check for Shell Knob Summer Reading Program

Ray Ritchey gifts $500 to Children's Summer Reading Fund

Ray Ritchey, owner of Shell Knob Insurance is shown presenting Pat Skinner, Shell Knob Librarian a check for $500 from the Marilyn K. Ritchey Memorial Children’s Reading Fund in support of the Children’s Summer Reading Program in memory of his wife, Marilyn Ritchey. 


Shell Knob Lions Club Gift Scholarship

 Notice provided by Steve Crandall,

Shelbi Shipman, daughter of Windy Shipman of Shell Knob, has been awarded the 2010 Shell Knob Lions Club academic scholarship.  The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Shell Knob resident graduating high school at Cassville or Blue Eye.  The scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is renewable for succeeding academic years for a possible total of $4,000.  The award is application-based and made on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities, and financial need.  Among other activities, Shelbi is the Cassville High School Student Council President, a member of the National Honor Society, and will receive her CNA (certified nurse’s assistant) certification when she graduates this month.  She will attend Ozark Technical Community College in the Fall for nursing prerequisites, and then transfer to the Cox College of Nursing in Springfield.  Please join the Lions Club and the community in congratulating Shelbi on a job well done and best wishes for a successful academic career.    


The Mature Adult



Traveling down the interstate and needing to use the restroom,
I stopped at a rest area and headed to the restroom.

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying:
“Hi, how are you?”

I’m not the type to start a conversation in the restroom and I don’t know
what got into me, but I answered, somewhat embarrassed,
“Doin’ just fine!”
And the other person says: “So what are you up to?”
What kind of question is that? At that point, I’m thinking this is too
bizarre so I say:  “Uhhh, I’m like you, just traveling!”??

At this point, I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear
another question. “Can I come over?”

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be
polite and end the conversation. “No . . . I’m a little busy right now!!!”

Then I hear the person say nervously…
“Listen, I’ll have to call you back. There’s an idiot in the other stall
who keeps answering all my questions.

Cell phones, don’t you just love them!


Say Thank You to Your Nurse During National Nurses’ Week

This week marks the 36th year that we celebrate “International Nurse Day”. May 6th is the beginning of National Nurses Week and it ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Now all of that sounds very formal and separates most of us from our real feelings about that person that escorts us to the small room in the doctor’s office. That person who takes our temperature, checks our blood pressure, counts our heartbeats, measures our height and checks our weight is someone pretty special. They are on the front lines of identifying our illnesses. They are the guardians of our personal information and their questions help to prepare our doctor for his interview and diagnosis.
Without our nurses, doctors would be overburdened and limited in the number of patients they could see in a day. They provide a calming effect on our anxiety in dealing with the unknown. These are special people who know when to tease, laugh, and encourage the despairing. The next time you see your nurse instead of just treating her or him as a faceless robot taking down the specifics of your health problem, take a moment and look at them as God’s Handmaidens. They have chosen the health care field as a place they can help people. A place where they can make a difference just like Florence Nightingale did in the 1850’s in the Crimea War. Our nurses are here and now fighting for our benefit everyday.
 How can you say thank you? Send a card, a note, a free coupon for a movie, drop by with some cookies, drop off a relish tray for lunch, or order a pizza delivered this week to their office. Just take the time recognize the countless and many times unknown efforts of these dedicated individuals.

Central Crossing Fire Chief Rusty Rickard Reports

Woman missing in forest quickly found.

A woman who was camping in the forest at Piney Tower was noticed by family and friends to be missing Thursday evening.  A call was made to 911 at 7:15 p.m. to make the report and members from the Barry County Sheriffs Office, Missouri Highway Patrol, US Forest Service, Barry County Search and Rescue, and the Central Crossing Fire Department quickly responded.  A firefighter who was responding with the search located the woman walking on Stallion Bluff road.   The woman walked between five and ten miles, through the forest, to get from her Piney Tower camp site to the location where she was found on Stallion Bluff Road.  This is the fifth incident in the area involving a person lost in the woods within the last year.  Anyone enjoying the forest should always be aware of the surroundings and stick together.  GPS devices work well and cell phones can be helpful, but cellular service is not always available in these areas.


Saturday Night Fire Destroys Mobile Home in Shell Knob


Central Crossing Firefighters Extinguish Fire on South Keystone

The sirens went off at 7:47 pm at the Central Crossing Fire Station.  The call was for a fire in progress on the 600 block of South Keystone, Shell Knob, Missouri.  Fires at dusk in a rural area are hard to see from a distance but Fire Chief Rusty Rickard and his crew arrived in less than ten minutes.  Two tankers, two engines, five other pieces of e and 25 firemen put the fire out in less than a half hour.  The three girls that were in the house were spending the weekend at their grandmothers and had planned on spending the night in the mobile home.  They had been there only a short time and heard a popping sound in the utility area.  They smelled smoke, racing to collect their computer and other clothes they left the house unharmed and turned in the alarm. 

Central Crossing Firemen and equipment are quick to respondMobile Home Blaze


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-01

  • Wow they are saying the wind on the lake could be over 40 mph–hard to believe–but we will watch it. #
  • Looking forward to some great sales at Shell Knob for Memorial Day weekend. #
  • I am taking my RV and camping stuff to the Standley Auction sale on Saturday . The cash should be good to have instead of stuff I don't use #
  • Cabin Fever in Shell Knob is bringing in special merchandise for Memorial Day customers-the Jewerly is awesome #
  • Congratulations to Silver Dollar City on their 50th birthday #
  • Boats are on the lake now–at 7 pm so Let's go Fishing!!! #

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