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Wednesday September 19th 2018



Kittens need Homes

 the Haven of the Ozarks Pets of the Week are kittens!  We  currently have a beautiful selection of friendly, happy babies who need to find their forever homes.  There are males and females of nearly every color.  They’re spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, wormed,and kept on flea medication before they go home.  The adoption fee of $75 is far less than the cost of their vet work.  It’s kitten season and there are so many babies in need of help.  We hope to get these cuties adopted quickly so we can bring in the next group in need of homes.  And please spay/neuter your own kitties to help cut down on the cat overpopulation problem!  We’d love to have you visit us 9-4 any day of the week or call 417-835-3647 for more information on adopting a new family member.


It starts early because there is so much STUFF! At CCU Methodist Church of Shell Knob


7 AM til 4 PM on Friday, June 15 and

Saturday 7 AM til Noon $3.00 baskets only

Harvest Community Plant Sale 

held at the front door of the church.

Over 50 varieties of plants ready to plant

on YY highway in Shell Knob 


Pirates Poker Run! Saturday June 16, 2018

Arrh mates – it’s time to hit the high seas and start pillaging booty for the boom boom! In simpler terms – The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Pirate’s theme Poker Run on Saturday, June 16th to raise funds for our Fire & Thunder Fireworks display. Participating pirates will sail the water with a treasure map with designated dock stops to pick up their booty. Our sponsor is Carmelina’s at Kings River Marina. That is where we will all meet at the end of the day to turn in our “treasures”. The fun doesn’t end there. Carmelina’s will have the Southwest Connections Band out on the “plank” playing from 2 pm – 7 pm. Their “galley” will be open with many drink and food specials. For more information visit or call the office at 417-858-3300.


People’s Choice Awards-Classic Car Show

Thursday, June 28, 10 am til 1 pm 

Classic Car show

at the Central Crossing Senior Center

No registration Required enjoy a low cost dinning room

for further information call 417-858-6952



Central Crossing Senior Center Sponsoring An Ice Cream an Watermelon Social

Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 6-8 pm

there will be a Seed Spitting Contest along with other entertainments.

A Free Will Donation for the ice cream and watermelon. Come join us at 20801 YY 15 RD. Shell Knob

Call for additional information 8586952



Memorial Day Merchants Review for Shell Knob plus Reading is for Leaders

So far I have made it through 5 businesses on the Plaza and the news has been VERY good.  Traffic was lively, comments overheard over the weekend were like;” I didn’t know Shell Knob had such nice stuff, etc.  I have been looking for one of these for two years and here it is. . .    This Harter’s is awesome, the people are so nice.”  So all of that is a good start on the summer. The new season’s SHELL KNOB T-Shirts are in at several stores and they are a knockout RED! The Chamber is getting us ready for the big mid-summer event, the FOURTH OF JULY. 

Last week PBS aired a three hour show on what to read this summer.  All with critiques of the authors, with pictures, and copies of their novels.  There was a list of 100 books.  Our hard working Library girls have located 30 of these for a start.  The complete list is on the center reading table. Or you can find it on the internet site. As these go out to be read the next 70 will be brought in.  By joining the Summer Reading program, “Libraries Rock” you can add these great novels to your personal enlightenment.  “REMEMBER LEADERS ARE LEADERS”, after you finish reading them;  THERE IS A PRIZE FOR THE PERSON WHO READS THE MOST BOOKS! 

Come in, sign up, and you may take home a new KINDLE by the end of summer.



Shell Knob is READY to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend!

Stores and businesses on Shell Knob’s Bridgeway Plaza are ready for this great Memorial Day weekend.  Just dropped by “Treasures Then and Now” and Cindy Hedgpeth, owner was excited about  new shipments of Retro, Weird Stuff and Cool Junk.  Now Cindy has a great sense of humor and a husband that can build wonderful stuff for your lake house. Bar’s, Tables, Chairs, storage pieces, and book cases are all over the store and downstairs for a shopper’s delight.  Tell Cindy I mentioned her on the and she will give you a piece of candy. . .that is, if I get down there with the candy. If they don’t have it then you don’t need it!  Phone # is 417-858-1113


Looking for a burger with really great meat, or a hot dog straight out of Chicago and some of the best fries around,  stop at Little Tommy’s on the north end of the Plaza.  I told Paula, Jeff’s mother, that the sign should say, “Our meat can’t be beat”  she just laughed!  But the sign didn’t change.


Pro’s Choice, the newest business on the Plaza owned by Steve Parrott and managed by Cliff Harmon are already busy responding to the fisherman’s needs by a fresh shipment of worms and other bait for the fisherman.  The place is filled with about anything you would want to drink, two huge ice machines and every piece of fishing gear that has ever been made!!! No Kidding!!  I saw them deliver it. . .the crates said,”Every piece of fishing gear in the WORLD.”  An added plus is that these two guys know how to talk  fish!  No kidding, I asked Cliff the other day in CARP “$%^^&&*$@%$^(” and he responded %%$$@^&*$%#!  #$$%^&# which is cheaper than anywhere else in the world! 417-858-1159


Realtor’s, Realtor’s. Realtor’s they are here and they are looking for what you are looking for. . .


You’all come back and see us sometime!

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Memorial Day weekend is almost here and many folks will be hitching up their boats and heading for the water.  But the Army Corps of Engineers advises boaters to first take some precautions.

Check out and service your trailer, boat, motor and other equipment.  After a winter of storage, this is a must.

Once you’re on the water, remember, warm spring days can be misleading.  The water is still very cold. If you fall from your boat, or your boat capsizes, you’re in for a shock, especially if you’re not wearing a life jacket.

Upon the initial plunge, the cold water takes your breath away.  Your muscles tense, and you may get painful cramps. With a life jacket, you can stay afloat and stay alive.  Without one, you may not be able to swim at all.

The Corps urges boaters to always wear a life jacket.  It is especially important this time of year when the water is deceptively cold. Remember, life jacket worn, nobody mourns.

For more boating safety times visit


Harter House Grocery Store Honored by Associated Wholesale Grocers

Since April of 2017 we have  noticed the changes going on in the new Harter House grocery store.  Each day held a new surprise with a larger selection and a wider variety of grocery items.  The employees were always friendly but their faces had bigger smiles.  Some were gone on to other challenges but the new ones were alive with energy. They seemed eager to answer questions and share their enthusiasm for what they were doing. The owner, Brad Bettlach was everywhere.  His excitement made shopping a meaningful experience. His smile and hearty handshake created friendships easily.  New meat show cases tempted shoppers to try new things along with new frozen food show cases.  It has been a year now but the same happy and purposeful employees are making shopping a fun experience.  Brad Bettlach has earned the  respect of his employees as a patient, involved,  and knowledgeable owner .  The Shell Knob community has recognized Brad, his wife Angela, and children as a welcome addition to the community.


Weather effects GOOD!

You could hear a pin drop down here on the Plaza !  It is 4 pm and it is deathly quiet. I’ve talked to a couple of people who say they are coming down with /or already have a migraine headache. You know what that means. . .barometric pressure is building. Women know what that means. Da Da Dum Dum. Speak softly, and forget the big stick because she can kill with a look! She has a complete loss of patience with loud noises, she is needing a quiet time out, and “do Not Let That Screen Door Slam!’ is another signal! 
I have never seen a man with this sort of thing. If anything they can cause one without even trying. Women are the victims of it. It creeps up the back of their neck and plants itself right in the middle of their forehead. It is rumored that several men who didn’t pick up on the clues later ended up in the garbage can out in front of the house for 24 hours. 

It is 4:30 pm, time to close down, and quietly cross the bridge heading home. Those of you with the headache I will gladly send over some caffeine.  But if you are the one causing the headache I will gladly pray for your poor soul.

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