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Nixa schedules their annual Sucker Day >> Calendar of Events staff

What? You've not heard of Nixa Sucker Day? And, hopefully, after seeing the logo to the left, you aren't thinking lollypops.

Well, you could plan on visiting Nixa, Missouri (Christian County) on May 15 and 16, 2015, to find out about the event. Or you could seek out Glenn Scott, as we did. He's the 2015 Sucker Day president.

Probably, gone are the days when Nixa locals closed up shop or skipped school to go "grabbin' for suckers," but the longstanding tradition that provides fun for the whole family, along with good food and plentiful entertainment carries on. We're told that the first Nixa Sucker Day was started in 1957 by a local barber ...more

Pro Musica presents jazz trumpeter on May 2 >> Calendar of Events staff

Trumpeter Bobby Shew, pictured, will perform a Tribute to Miles Davis and John Coltrane in a jazz concert presented by Pro Musica-Joplin. The event will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Corley Auditorium on the campus of Missouri Southern State University-Joplin.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Shew began playing the guitar at the age of 8 and switched to the trumpet at 10. By the time he was 13 he was playing with a number of bands at local dances. By 15 he had put together his own group, expanding his venues to coffee houses and occasional concerts. He spent most of his high school days playing as many as six ...more

Help wanted: Reporters >> Classifieds staff
The Joplin Independent and the Voice of the Ozarks need people interested in attending musical events in exchange for submission of reviews and photos. Concerts of differing genres may be located in ...more

Artists are chosen for Walnut Street event >> Calendar of Events staff
Artsfest on Walnut Street, now in its 35th year, has announced that 55 new exhibitors will be part of 130 artists from 16 states showing work on May 2 and 3, 2015. Artists will display work in clay, ...more

Romantic novelist Inglath Cooper woos fans >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Working together builds individual strengths, but life is not always harmonious, even for rising music groups. If you like country music, romance and “soap operas,” you ...more

Neosho Arts Council announces contests >> Miscellaneous staff
The Neosho Arts Council has issued a call to two-dimensional artists (no photography, digital works or 3D works) to enter The Hermann Jaeger Juried Fine Art Competition. The regional contest is open ...more

Carthage announces art walk dates and themes >> Calendar of Events staff
The Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk Committee has announced the dates for its fifth anniversary season presenting artists, musicians, entertainers and galleries on the Carthage Square. The dates ...more

Isner looks forward to joining Springfield Lasers >> Sports staff
Tennis player John Isner, pictured, the number 1 American male in the draft of the Mylan World Team Tennis Pro League, will become the marquee player for the Springfield Lasers, making special ...more

Help wanted: Police clerk >> Classifieds staff
The City of Ozarks Police Department is seeking a hardworking and self-motivated candidate to fill the position of police clerk. Responsibilities will include a variety of work relating to modern ...more

20th Street overpass construction to begin soon >> Community l-onstot
Contractors are moving in equipment to begin work on the 20th Street overpass to be located just east of Wisconsin Avenue in Joplin. Once completed, the overpass will provide a safer and more ...more

Listeria found in Blue Bell products >> Health staff
Three deaths have been reported of people infected with strains of Listeria Monocytogenes after having eaten ice cream produced by Blue Bell Creameries manufactured in Brenham, Texas. The ...more

Group aims to de-popularize Bradford pear trees >> Home and Garden staff
This is a section of the branch of an Eastern Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). Distributed widely in Missouri and attractive when planted against the backdrop of evergreens, it is a suggested ...more

Growing older, living well >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Magnetic books have many faces. From Working to Wisdom by Brendan Hare (Jappa Flats Publishing) is like a mirror, reflecting the march of time. Its sub-title, "The ...more

Beatles tribute is planned >> Calendar of Events staff

Want to list an event in the Maple Leaf brochure? >> Miscellaneous staff
An application form is available for creating an event listing in the official 2015 Maple Leaf Festival brochure. The deadline for submission of the form is April 1, 2015. The event listing will ...more

Voters urged to support healthcare expansion >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: According to a study done by the University of Missouri in 2012 (The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri): In it's first year Medicaid Expansion would create 1769 ...more

Research reveals carcinogen in soda >> Health natalie
Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people’s exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a ...more

Walk MS is scheduled for April 2015 >> Calendar of Events msozarks
Multiple sclerosis pulls us away from our lives and destroys connections. So it’s only fitting that our connections would be its greatest enemy. At Walk MS, our connections become more powerful than ...more

Judged July quilt show is seeking entrants >> Calendar of Events staff
This "Heart to Hands " Christmas quilt will be offered in a drawing at the 2015 Grand Lake O' the Cherokees quilt show. The drawing is one of many events featured that also include workshops and ...more

Construction project to begin on I-44/I-49 >> Community staff
Proposed new interchange for the Crossroads Business and Distribution Park in Joplin Travel will be impacted on I-44/I-49 beginning March 2 through November 1, 2015, according to the Missouri ...more

Catch-and-keep trout season opens March 1 >> Sports staff
With the opening of catch-and-keep season on March 1, 2015, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding trout anglers that hard sole shoes, boots or wadlers are required apparel. ...more

Marijuana proponents to circulate petition >> Government sfleming
MOST SOUGHT AFTER PLANT Jefferson City — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today (Feb. 9, 2015) announced that an initiative petition relating to legalizing marijuana met state standards ...more

Not yet Custer's Last Stand... >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Literary treasures worth digging into are often hard to find. Custer’s Gold by M. John Lubetkin (Bookstand Publishing/2014) is an exceptional excursion down many roads. The ...more

What happened to Jody Bucklin? >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy History blends with mystery, nostalgia with charm in Craig Ewald’s historical novel, Only Jody Knows”. (Author House) Anyone with a broad appetite for good writing, ...more

Reading group discusses Route 66 titles >> Calendar of Events staff
"Get Your Reading Kicks on Route 66" is the topic of a four session Let's Talk About It Oklahoma! reading and discussion program. The event will take place on Thursdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the ...more

50 Shades of Grey: Blockbuster or dud? >> Op-Ed lynn-c
By Carla J. Hanna-- It’s fitting that a mommy porn fan fiction spawned from the "Twilight" books and movies will hit theaters in February 2015. As a 40-year-old mother who enjoyed the Twilight ...more

Enjoying a good blow to the skull >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Motivation is a powerful force, and propels colorful characters to do often questionable things under pressure. That is certainly the case with Mike Tyson, pictured at ...more

Mastering the Diverging Diamond Interchange >> Community staff
The drawing represents the latest Diverging Diamond Interchange to be constructed in Springfield at Battlefield Road and US 65. Work contracted with Hartman and Company of Springfield at a cost of ...more

Where on the Niche list is your school? >> Education staff
The Niche Best K-12 Schools 2015 rankings have been announced with Joplin High School receiving a ranking of 362nd in Missouri with an overall Niche grade of C-. However, the score was based on ...more

Chemical from broccoli sprouts might treat autism >> Health ckolf
Broccoli spears are subject of clinical trial. (Photo compliments of Johns Hopkins Medicine) Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best ...more

New Springfield Little Theatre Season is announced >> Calendar of Events staff
LANDERS THEATRE 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 2014-15 season. The nine ...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

Joplin Little Theatre announces 2014-15 season >> Calendar of Events staff
Forrest Bunter (Tony) and Lindsey Daniels (Polly) perform a number from the upcoming show, The Boy Friend. They sang I could Be Happy with You during the second half of the Encore Awards ceremony at ...more

Stone's Throw announces 2014-15 season >> Calendar of Events staff
Volunteers gather in the kitchen during meal preparation and service at the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre in Carthage. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces its upcoming schedule of shows for the ...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

New app is launched to check water quality >> Government jval
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across ...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

04-23Nixa schedules their annual Sucker Daystaff
04-16MSSU students became a little richer for ingenuitystaff
04-16Open houses are scheduled at MTI-Springfieldnostdick
04-16Cotten soon here no morestaff
04-16McKean is named MoDot assistant district engineerstaff
04-15Free dental work is offeredmariwinn
04-13Restitution demanded for cuts to senior programsmfarnen
04-13Pro Musica presents jazz trumpeter on May 2staff
04-04Artists are chosen for Walnut Street eventstaff
03-27Springfield area events for April 2015staff
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03-13New construction standardspjselman
While the article rightly mentions that "Mercy applied unheard of standards" in design and
02-23Modern Roundaboutsscottrab
The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate
02-17Forida detox center warns against legalizing potkjhelms
When Congress passed a massive spending bill on December 13, 2014, it effectively voted to end the
02-16Feminist Absurditybill
Thanks! This needs to be pointed out, but we must never power of denial by
As a twihard I just wanted to point out that Edward was a virgin. So yes he was 100+ trapped in a
11-17Kellogg and Biologic Livingkal777
If you want to learn more about Dr. Kellogg, check out the new book by Brian C. Wilson, "Dr. John
10-29multistate opposition5399454
Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas and Kansas also have many citizens who are also opposing transmission
10-29Local Solar Powerlean-doc
We love farmers and all they do for us. Private property rights are the basis of our way of life.
08-20it's not meawflint
Just to be clear: I AM NOT JLTPAL. Please read the original again. I will not be responding to
I forgot to sign my name to my last post "Rebuttal". I am Rebecca Perry - past Board member, past
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Eliminating the estate tax “The death tax disproportionately hurts states like Missouri, which relies heavily on agriculture revenue. This tax is often a crushing blow to family business owners and farmers who are trying to plan for the future, which is why I support permanently eliminating it altogether.”

---Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

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04-15Help wanted: Reportersstaff
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04-15Help wanted: Police clerkstaff
The city of Neosho is looking to hire a police records clerk under the records supervisor.
04-13Seasonal workers are neededstaff
The City of Ozark’s Public Works Department is seeking hard working and self-motivated candidates
03-21Help wanted: Store managersstaff
Orscheln Farm & Home with over 160 stores in nine Midwest states is offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus
03-19Help wanted: Police clerkstaff
The City of Ozarks Police Department is seeking a hardworking and self-motivated candidate to fill
02-17Benefit upland habitatjwallace
Missouri Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is hosting their annual State Habitat Convention on
10-08Laughing Liberally publishes first bookjkrebs
Knock Knock, Who's There - The Mailman (Letters to the American Voter) has been published by
09-01You can taste what you eat herestaff
The city of Joplin is helping to promote the establishment of smoke-free businesses by providing a
08-20Set up a personalized Social Security accountstaff
As part of its 79th anniversary the Social Security Administration is encouraging everyone planning
07-05Electric bill scamstaff
It's highly unlikely that any of our readers would fall for a scam extorting money, but we are


I just heard a message on TV this morning imploring people to raise objections to President Obama's proposal called "Net Neutrality" and how it would impose fees for the use of the Internet that weren't already imposed. I said to myself, "Hey, wait a minute. Is that like being subjected to rate hikes by utility companies because the government's Federal Utilities Commission generally doesn't object to higher rates, especially if taxes are computed proportionally? The message obviously was...More

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