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JLT stages final show of their 76th season >> Calendar of Events mariwinn

Randle Patrick McMurphy (Joel Moore) explains to Dr. Spivey (Richard Roberts) how he contrived to serve a short stay in a mental institution as his scam to avoid prison time and hard labor. He is surrounded by two patients, L-R, William "Billy" Bibbit, a stutterer (Alex Chesney) and Frank Scanlon (Robert Myers), known in the place as the "bombmaker." In the background is Nurse Rached (Marilyn Marshall-Miller) who isn't happy with McMurphy's attitude from the start. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is Joplin Little Theatre's latest production.

The setting, designed by director Lisa Wood, and lighting, managed ...more

Butterfly sculptures are unveiled >> Community bruffett
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado, two butterfly sculptures were unveiled at Freeman Hospital West and Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. More than 20 large butterfly sculptures have been placed around the Joplin community as a symbol of growth and transformation.

Surrounding the Freeman Butterfly sculpture are (left to right) Lage Grigsby, tornado survivor; Paula F. Baker, Freeman president and chief executive officer; Mason Lillard, tornado survivor; Dr. Raymond Vetsch, Freeman cardiothoracic surgeon.

“No one will forget the aftermath of the May 2011 tornado,” said Paula F. ...more

Joplin tornado: How recovery funds were used >> Community jwang


As part of the Joplin community, The Salvation Army joins other survivors this week in commemorating the passing of five years since one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history struck the Southwest Missouri area.

Continuing in its commitment to the survivors of the Joplin Tornado, The Salvation Army Midland Division is nearing the final allocation of recovery funds raised from the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22,2011. In all, The Salvation Army raised $6.8 million in donations on behalf of survivors of the deadly storm. In the immediate aftermath of the destruction, The ...more

Joplin synagogue celebrates with open house >> Calendar of Events staff

The public is invited to a centennial celebration at the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin. The event, an open house and tour co-hosted by Historic Murphysburg Preservation, will take place from 1-4 p.m. on June 12, 2016, at 702 S. Sergeant Ave., Joplin.

Featured will be a sampling of traditional foods, architectural and religious artifact tours, explanations of customs for wedding and bar mitzvah ceremonies and a take-home card with guest's name printed in Hebrew.

"Guests will have the rare opportunity to view the beautiful handcrafted wooden ark, which houses the Torah scrolls, and features the hand carved Hebrew letters representing the ...more

Broadway shows come to Springfield >> Calendar of Events dgallion
"Now, I've had the time of my life" is what audiences will be saying about the Broadway shows coming to Springfield! The 2016-2017 Broadway Season at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts ...more

Senator Richard discusses passed bills >> Government richard
Legislative NewsSenator Ron Richard (R-MO 32)Majority Floor Leader The 2016 legislative session has officially concluded. From day one, my Senate colleagues and I set out to tackle some of the ...more

Working to save the Shoal Creek Low Water Bridge >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Thanks to some great research done by Kevin Martin, we now know a lot more about the history of the Low Water Bridge on Shoal Creek. According to a Joplin News Herald article ...more

How to sign up for curbside recycling >> Community l-onstot
Joplin customers still may register for curbside recycling from Republic Services. The additional cost of $4.75 per month added to the monthly trash charge of $11.73 would bring the total cost to ...more

Kiosk is set up to search for unclaimed property >> Government meghan
State treasurer Clint Zweifel is encouraging residents in and around Joplin to check for unclaimed property, five years after the devastating tornado struck the community. Missouri laws require ...more

Join conservatives at Faith 'N Freedom Festival >> Calendar of Events staff
A Faith 'N Freedom Festival/political fundraiser will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the Ashcroft Family Farm, 5603 W. Farm Rd. 54, Willard. The event will feature an evening ...more

Stopping just one more "hit" >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy-- Warfare uses many weapons, and internal battles are the most difficult. That is the major lesson perhaps in The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are REAL by longtime ...more

Think secondhand, think Experimac >> Business lweir
After living and working in five different states during a newspaper management career that spanned 20-plus years, Tim Holder decided it was finally time for his family to put down roots. “We ...more

Joplin's drug drop-off boxes are permanent >> Community stafff
All citizens---regardless of residency---have the option to dispose of unused, unwanted, surplus, orphaned and expired medicines by depositing them in the permanent drug drop-off boxes located at ...more

What's in your vehicle and A/C systems? >> Environment dbryan
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the ...more

Celebrate National Trails Day® >> Calendar of Events staff
While plenty of Americans eagerly await the coming of spring, many hiking clubs, non-profits, and land managing agencies are already busy planning special outdoor events for the onset of summer.  ...more

Ozark Mountain Daredevils to perform in Ozark >> Calendar of Events stafff
OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS US Baseball has announced its first concert in the newly renovated U.S. Baseball Park, 4400 N. 19th Street, just off Highway 65 and W. State Hwy. J in Ozark. The ...more

Home repairs are available for low income owners >> Community mbyeakey
Economic Security Corporation (ESC) is currently seeking applicants for their home rehabilitation programs in Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties. A special priority has been established to ...more

Three children's books are recommended >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Using the right ingredients is important when choosing or writing books. But when introducing the power of the printed page to a younger audience, three varied new volumes show ...more

Bull Mills outing combines nature with history >> Environment mariwinn
Calling attention to a section of the trunk of a downed tree, retired Ferrell- Duncan gastroenterologist and dedicated Master Naturalist Dr. Bob Kipfer explained the process of determining the tree's ...more

When gene manipulation is warranted >> Health mariwinn
The human spirit or heart can trump bad genes. That's one of the conclusions reached by Paul Durham, Ph.D, pictured, Missouri State University Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology. He spoke at ...more

Singer/songwriter contest is announced >> Miscellaneous grambo
The 69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival, that will take place from October 13 – 15, 2016, in the Basin Park Band Shell in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is accepting submissions for the ...more

Galloway audits $8.8 billion in federal funding >> Government gena
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on March 30, 2016, issued an audit of the state's management and spending of billions of federal dollars administered by state agencies. The ...more

Know the truth about the Benghazi attack >> Education mariwinn
Fred Burton, a foremost auhority on security and terrorism, answers questions about the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He had completed ...more

Ozark Center launches Super Me! >> Health bruffett
The Ozark Center in Joplin launches Super Me!, an app for Apple devices. Super Me! helps children develop resilience and positive coping skills through a series of in-game and out-of-game ...more

Thousands welcome Bernie Sanders to Springfield >> Government mariwinn
What a wonderful thing it would be if Missouri led this country to the political revolution. That comment was what Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said to encourage those who ...more

Volunteers needed for new Joplin program >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin has started a volunteer program called Citizens in Action (CIA) to help connect and engage citizens with their community. Citizens will be able to volunteer as an individual or ...more

Join a book discussion; learn about Oklahomans >> Calendar of Events stafff
"Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma" is the name of a free five-session book discussion that will take place at the Har-Ber Village Museum this spring. The books, personal memoirs of ordinary people, ...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

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

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

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
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 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

57066Greetings, friends....mariwinn
47957BTK killer incarcerated but still a mysteryjkennedy
44856Joplin woman is Fear Factor contestantmariwinn
39852Apply SCRATCH to diagnose insect-bite rashesjhu-ps
39313Females swoon over Aaron Buergeashley
35875Missouri's meth addiction: out of controlmariwinn
28504Just who benefits from ethanol?e-emery
27611Drink, drive, be stupidmariwinn
22509Cuba sí, Castro quien sabemariwinn
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05-27Democrats have their say although outnumbereds-morse
Fighting discrimination, protecting voting rights, beating back harmful labor initiatives, and
05-24Labor reform takes a hit againpishmael
State lawmakers have completed their 2016 legislative session, and once again our representatives
05-24Update on Low Water Bridge ownershiprharsh
FYI, Shortly after the first article was read, a later Joplin News Herald stated that O.D. Witmer
05-16Arla Harrell beverly
My fathers claim was denied for the forth time. Most of his service records were destroyed in a
04-16St. Johns (Mercy)hiboy
While attending "MSSC" and "PSC", I worked on 7-E (ICU, CCU).
04-1666 Stationhiboy
My first visit to “Branson” resulted in seeing only a Phillips 66 station on the road. That was
04-16Doresy Heerhiboy
Dorsey Heer and my mom were friends and would meet at a downtown coffee shop frequently. I
02-12Feel the Bernma-earth
I was amused when I heard some political pundits attribute the support by young people for Bernie
01-18Meeting of interestmbowe
For those interested in research at Smallin Cove be sure to attend the meeting of the Southwest
Neither the author nor I ever said Methodists are not Christians. FYI, there is a separate
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Dems must expose Trump"...The eye on the prize is exposing a reckless and risky reality TV star for the selfish narcissism that he represents for this country."

---Sen. Claire McCaskill speaking to a reporter recently

More Quotes.

05-27Buy a book for charity donationstafff
Local author Allen Kent (AKA Dr. Kent Farnsworth) is donating 100% of the proceeds of all book
05-03Download app for Missouri Conservationiststaff
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now offers its award-winning magazine, Missouri
04-10Are you prepared for a disaster?staff
In fulfilling the mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it wants to remind the
02-28Pratt Place Inn and Barn has accoladespratt
Stay in luxury at the best kept secret of Northwest Arkansas. On the top of Sassafras Hill is the
02-23New website for Joplin museuml-onstot
Joplin History & Mineral Museum is proud to announce the launch of its new expanded website. The
11-24Help wanted: Volunteer treasurerstaff
The Joplin Little Theatre Board of Directors is currently looking for a qualified treasurer
09-06Free counseling thru textingstaff
Something on your mind? Do you have issues with: Alcohol or substance abuse Suicidal
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


I have this space to rant. Do I take advantage of it? Not often enough. First of all, I have to say, "I'm jealous." Long ago in considering how to be a successful entrepreneur I convinced myself that all it took was to psychologically control consumers. Apparently, I have preferred taking unpopular roads that didn't lead me astray from my beliefs..... Along comes Donald Trump. Trump recently said he loves the poorly educated. Of course, he does. Apparently, they are loving him back in...More

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