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Golden Prairie: A place of continuing inspiration >> Environment mariwinn

Just off of SE 80th Lane and SE 90th Road about two miles south of Golden City in Barton County is an entrance to the Golden Prairie. The parking area isn't paved and no sign greets you at the dirt road, but one on a fence discreetly announces you have arrived. Unlatching an iron gate held by a chain, allows visitors to access a mowed path that takes them past tall grass and occasional wildflowers. The setting is serene interrupted only by the sound of insects, heard but not seen, and birds catching currents of air as they communicate with ...more

Auditor's report: Joplin mismanaged millions >> Government gena
Mismanagement and questionable business practices by local officials have earned the Joplin municipal government a "poor" rating, State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday. Auditor Galloway provided details of financial mismanagement uncovered by her office's audit during a public presentation on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

"I applaud the people of Joplin for requesting this audit and for their continued pursuit of the truth," Galloway said. "This audit focuses on the long-term mismanagement of public dollars in the months and years after the tornado and the need for increased accountability and transparency in the future."

After the 2011 tornado, city officials entered into master developer ...more

Arts 'n crafts and cider, oh my >> Calendar of Events s-hough

The 18th Annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 19 & 20, 2015. The two-day festival that draws 15,000 spectators annually features over 75 regional artists and crafters displaying jewelry, clay, wood, glass, photography and fiber art. Also featured are hands-on activities for kids including face painting and pumpkin painting sponsored by the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition and three performance stages.

Managed by the Downtown Springfield Association, the event is sponsored by Journal Broadcast Group, Ozark Empire Fair Foundation, School of Rock, Petsway, University ...more

The Lucile James story >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy

Determination, dedication to others and lack of prejudice in any sense are good qualities for anyone. Their development help make The Lucile James Story a broad, universal tale and not just the biography of a long-time Fort Scott, Kansas teacher by a colleague named Marcel Normand.

Normand shows simply and directly through testimonials and recollections by admirers that Ms. James in her teaching transfered basic tenets with joy, not ego and that this method of teaching should be the standard or framework for anyone who wants to develop communication and personal relations skills--to "teach" at any level be it in ...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

Master vs. dog: Who really wins? >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Anyone who likes dogs, colorful characters and good writing will read A Dog’s Choice by Allan Meyer. (Arizona Vintage Investments) The book is the perfect prescription for ...more

Dystopia--denial in survival >> Op-Ed staff

Grove seeks your talent >> Calendar of Events playmake
Grove’s Grand Talent Contest that has showcased talent for the past two years is gearing up for even more amazing area talent in September. The contest presented by Har-ber Village and the GGT ...more

Greyhound moves to Route 66 >> Business asears
DALLAS - Greyhound Lines Inc., today announced it is operating from a new location in Joplin. Greyhound customers can conveniently board at 6601 E. 7th St., about seven miles from the former location ...more

3rd Annual Grapes & Grog benefit is planned >> Calendar of Events ariddle
The Area Agency on Aging is getting ready for their 3rd annual Grapes & Grog fundraiser to benefit the Meals on Wheels program for seniors in Jasper, Newton, Barton and McDonald counties. The ...more

Genealogy group conference is scheduled >> Calendar of Events dwilson
The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Springfield Missouri Fall Conference, “Be the Family Sherlock,” will be held September 11-12, 2015. Featured speaker will be Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of Genealogy ...more

Month-long exhibit at Spiva features clay artists >> Calendar of Events staff
Imagination abounds in this piate by clay artist Angel Brame "Stories in Clay" is the latest group exhibit in the main gallery of the Spiva Center for the Arts. Midwest Clay Artists with 23 ...more

Heer's becomes downtown living option >> Business staff
Heer’s Luxury Living, LLC, 138 Park Central Square, announced its grand opening of 80 units of luxury rental housing and 18,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Springfield. The ...more

Salute century farms >> Calendar of Events staff
Put on your jeans and boots and join the agricultural community in a Salute to Century Farms. The event sponsored by the Greene County University of Missouri Extension will take place from 6-9 p.m. ...more

Republicans stuff funding bill with riders >> Op-Ed jruch
Riders on the Storm I am not referring to the classic Doors song (“Into this world we're thrown…”) but to the welter of anti-environmental provisions (aka “riders”) Republicans have inserted into ...more

2nd Walmart Neighborhood Market to open in Joplin >> Business bschultz
Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this summer at 26th and Maiden Lane in Joplin. A temporary hiring center has opened at the Pavilion ...more

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

Construction begins on Campbell at Primrose >> Community staff
Construction is beginning for the intersection improvement project at Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street in Springfield. The $2.3 million project funded by the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements ...more

Music fills SLT 2015-16 season >> 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 2015-16 season. For season ...more

Joplin farmer's market seeks new vendors >> Community staff
The Four States Farmer's Market is seeking additional merchants for their location at Ernie Williamson Music, 925 S. Range Line Rd., Joplin. The summer market open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 ...more

Education is a lifetime process >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Many elements make good teachers, and learners – and the lifetime process never stops. That is the most evident, memorable message in A Teacher’s Tale by Joe Gilliland (True ...more

The MARC calls for artists for September event >> Calendar of Events staff
A call has gone out to artists to enter The Not So Square Arts Festival sponsored by The MARC, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd., Mt. Vernon. Painters, potters, authors, fabric artists, photographers, jewelry ...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 begins soon >> 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

Crowder social science course to have local appeal >> Education c-brown
In recognition of Southwest Missouri’s rural heritage, the Crowder College Social Science Division has announced that HIST 113, a comprehensive and in-depth study of agricultural, technological, and ...more

Trolly system routes are revised >> Community l-onstot
With new development in the southern part of Joplin, the city of Joplin has realigned some of its Sunshine Lamp Trolley routes to provide new stops, as well as relocating some existing ones. These ...more

New Joplin park project to begin in autumn >> Community l-onstot
Construction of a naturalistic park in the southeast corner of 26th Street and McClelland Boulevard should begin this fall. The proposed park will be located on land that was part of the former ...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

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

#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

08-27Lamar gets new medical clinicsdouglas
08-26New way to discover risk for high blood pressuredoshea
08-26Master vs. dog: Who really wins?jkennedy
08-25September 2015 events for the Joplin areastaff
08-25Sept. 2015 Springfield area eventsstaff
08-24Californians arrested with drugs/gunsscollins
08-23Golden Prairie: A place of continuing inspirationmariwinn
08-22Dystopia--denial in survivalstaff
08-20Grove seeks your talentplaymake
08-18Auditor's report: Joplin mismanaged millionsgena
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08-25Regarding Lillian Benthammariwinn
Janet, thanks for the compliment. It's great to see that an article written more than nine years
07-13Convention of Statestbrick
The COS is a great idea. It's the only way We The People" can truly fight the entrenched power
07-08A Teacher's Taleameyer
Mr. Kennedy, your review of Joe Gilliland's memoir, "A Teacher's Tale" is clear evidence that long
06-26Thanks for the helpj.brown
Thank you so much for posting an article about out growing market. Since I am just a girl with an
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
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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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08-18Restaurant choice you never thought ofstaff
Did you know that the cafeteria and the Roughrider Grill on the Neosho campus of Crowder College
08-17Download GoSpringfieldMOstaff
In case you missed the announcement last spring the city of Springfield launched its first mobile
07-09Missouri road map is informativestaff
To find out what roads may be closed due to flooding go here for the Missouri Depart of
05-23Spiva Center seeks front desk volunteersstaff
Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St., Joplin, is seeking visitor services volunteers to work
04-29City of Joplin land salestaff
The city of Joplin is accepting bids for the purchase of a parcel of property located at 32nd &
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
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


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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