|A multi-level melodrama will bring applause >> Calendar of Events|| mariwinn|
In the opening scene of the latest Joplin Little Theatre performance, Seven Keys to Baldpate writer William Magee (Todd Manley) is welcomed by innkeepers, Mr. & Mrs. Elijah Quimby (Wally and Leecia Bloss). They have been ordered by the owner of Baldpate to make the otherwise closed summer inn comfortable for the strange but expected guest.
The word, "keys" has a double meaning in the latest production of the Joplin Little Theatre. First, as part of the title of the play, it is a key that opens the door to an inn secluded in the mountains (an actual location in Warren County, New Jersey) where a playwright ...more
|How Stark Bros. changed its business model >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
Every spring Stark Bros.Garden Center in the river town of historic Louisiana, Missouri welcomes visitors to their annual customer appreciation days, usually in April. Make a weekend visit and enjoy things to do.
by Jack L. Kennedy
Gnarled old family trees may still produce good fruit.
That is the lesson in 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards Co. by veteran business writer LeAnn Zotta.
The tightly-written volume with many themes covers two ...more
|Learn about Joplin >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|The second Citizens Academy hosted by the city of Joplin will take place from March 1 to May 10, 2016, on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. Classes will be held at the Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main, with the city providing transportation to other city facilities when scheduled.
The 11-week course offers Joplin residents, business owners and people who work in Joplin the opportunity to interact with local officials, tour city facilities and learn how to get more involved in the community. Participants will meet every department head and get an overview of the services and programs offered in each department. A maximum of 25 people with preference given to residents will be selected on a first-come, first served basis with others ...more
|Scarves around Joplin: Yours for the taking >> Community|| staff|
|It’s a simple concept: help the community chase away winter’s chill by spreading a little warmth to those who need it most.
Citizens of Joplin will do just that during Chase the Chill, a free yarn bombing-type event that distributes scarves in public places so that those in need, regardless of income and without any qualifications or other criteria, can help themselves.
Scarves are draped on trees, over bridges and on other locations around town. They are tagged with an invitation to anyone to claim ownership of the scarf.
“I think its great that there isn’t any special requirement for receiving a scarf,” said Ann Leach, ...more
|Register to vote or shut up >> Community|| staff|
|The deadline to be able to register for the upcoming April 5 election is Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016," according to a reminder by Barbara Hogelin, Joplin city clerk. Citizens must be 17 ˝ years of age to ...more|
|Broadway hits will be featured at next OFO event >> Calendar of Events|| murray|
|The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 36th season with its annual pops concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.
The theme for ...more|
|Stewart to assume role as police chief >> Community|| l-onstot|
Joplin's Assistant Chief of Police Matthew Stewart, pictured, will be promoted to the position of chief of police beginning March 2, 2016, according to an announcement by City Manager Sam Anselm. ...more|
|Bluegrass festival to benefit Convoy of Hope >> Calendar of Events|| molly-e|
|The 10th Annual Bluegrass Festival benefiting Convoy of Hope will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at River Bluff Fellowship, 2655 E. Farm Rd. 188 in Ozark. Doors will open at noon; the concert will ...more|
|Man found... >> Community|| staff|
A man from southern Christian County seen by this surveillence camera at the Nixa Police Department has been located. Nixa Police Department had been under Hazmat lockdown after he apparently ...more|
|Organic gardening conference is Feb. 4-6, 2016 >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|All food growers, farmers or hobbyists, are invited to attend the 7th annual Missouri Organic Conference. It will be held from February 4-6, 2016, at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, ...more|
|MoDot reports highest road fatalities in 3 years >> Community|| kjackson|
|As of Dec. 31, 2015, 853 lives were reported lost in Missouri traffic crashes. The statistics represent an 11.4 percent increase in fatalities or over 800 for the first time since 2012, according to ...more|
|UFOs: U.S. government's big secret >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
|by Jack L. Kennedy
After the holiday turkey and cheese dip are gone, why not turn instead to some food for thought.
Ancient Alien --Theory Decoded by Robert Sickler (XLibris) may not be ...more|
|Experience the history and beauty of the Ozarks >> Travel & Leisure|| mariwinn|
|The entrance to Smallin Cave in Christian County, Missouri is seen from several hundred yards within.
by Mari Winn Taylor
Six miles south of Springfield near the town of Ozark is a cave that ...more|
|Crowder announces community ed spring classes >> Education|| c-brown|
|The Neosho campus of Crowder College has announced the names of its community education classes that will be offered during the spring 2016 semester. Community education or “hobby” classes provide ...more|
|Civil War dead are memorialized at Wilson's Creek >> Features|| mariwinn|
|Participants in the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Memorial Illumination stand at attention while the park's flag is lowered.
It was August 10, 1861, when 17,000 men, Confederates and Union ...more|
|Reading the Sweet Oak >> Book Reviews|| mariwinn|
|FACINATION WITH A RIVER
Recommending a particular book specifically for holiday gift-giving could be a limiting idea given that every day is a good excuse for buying a book. For any excuse and ...more|
|Master's in Management is offered at Southern >> Education|| staff|
|A new graduate business program has been approved by the Missouri Higher Learning Commission to be offered to undergraduates of any major in the fall 2016 at Missouri Southern State ...more|
|Lawsuit presses for lake water quality standards >> Environment|| staff|
|St. Louis - It has been four years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) rejected Missouri's proposed nutrient standards for lakes, and neither the State of Missouri nor US EPA has ...more|
|High-end grocery store to open in Springfield >> Business|| staff|
|Whole Foods and Trader Joe's may have blown their opportunity to be the first such high end market in Springfield after an announcement that The Fresh Market had signed to be one of the tenants in ...more|
|Pay your tax bill online >> Government|| staff|
|St Louis – Thousands of taxpayers are now using the successful web-based system — IRS Direct Pay — on IRS.gov, which lets taxpayers pay their tax bills or make estimated tax payments directly from ...more|
|Missouri veterans' comments wanted >> Health|| staff|
|Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is soliciting comments from veterans regarding their experiences at Missouri VA facilities.
"I've always said the best way to ensure our veterans receive the care ...more|
|Unique adventure is under construction in Branson >> Business|| staff|
Plans have been unveiled for a first-of-its-kind $10 million family adventure attraction to be open 365 days a year in Branson. Construction for Fritz's Adventure, an attraction that brings the ...more|
|Support the JLT with history book order >> Miscellaneous|| staff|
|Fantasy books: the great escape >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
|by Jack L. Kennedy
Benor Dorfinngil embraces the term “virgin territory” from both human and geographic perspectives.
The lusty, life-loving lead character in British fantasy ...more|
|New way to discover risk for high blood pressure >> Health|| doshea|
|Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on ...more|
|Dystopia--denial in survival >> Op-Ed|| staff|
|ISIS' evil gets thumbs up >> Op-Ed|| mpolka|
|“Slow down, I can’t understand you,” the Prince of Darkness uttered, as his nefarious cohort babbled on. ...more|
|Music fills SLT 2015-16 season >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
The Springfield Little Theatre, the oldest civic theatre operation of its size in Missouri, and one of the largest in mid-America, has announced its 2015-16 season.
For season ...more|
|Joplin Little Theatre announces its 2015-16 season >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|Bertha Bancroft (Ashley Trotnic) is shown in a happier moment with her unscrupulous boss Daniel Desboro Desmond (Roscoe Miller), president of the National Farmers' and Merchants' Loan, Mercantile ...more|
|Stone's Throw 2015-16 season >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|NEW YEAR'S EVE 2014 AT STONE'S THROW DINNER THEATRE
Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces its upcoming schedule of shows for the 2015-2016 season (subject to changes). Season tickets are now on ...more|
|MADD move over; cellphone deaths require attention >> Miscellaneous|| staff|
|While driving, 4 out of 10 smartphone users tap into social media, about 3-in-10 surf the net and 1-in-10 video chat, according to new research from major mobile service provider AT&T. This survey of ...more|
|Black? Five ways to avoid altercations with cops >> Op-Ed|| mmadill|
|by Matthew R. Drayton
During the past few months, there has been numerous incidents— some tragic—where police officers were accused of brutality and abuse of power against African Americans, ...more|
|#Twerking >> Entertainment|| lynn-c|
|How what is #trending influences pop culture and creates something new
by Carla J. Hanna
The lap dance and striptease once lived in the windowless night club in the shady part of town. Today, ...more|
|JPD has new crime reporting system online >> Government|| staff|
|The Joplin Police Department has announced a new online crime reporting system for the citizens of Joplin, according to Lt. Carla Geller. They have partnered with COPLOGIC to develop a comprehensive, ...more|
|Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call List >> Government|| staff|
|JEFFERSON CITY – Legislation was signed into law this week by Gov. Jay Nixon that will allow cell phone users to block unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Co-sponsored by 154 ...more|