|Mercy is built to survive >> Health|| bhaller|
Amid the ruins of the May 2011 tornado at left sits St. Johns Hospital. At right, the hospital now named Mercy Hospital Joplin nears completion almost four years later.
by Bradley Haller
On time and under budget, the doors are nearly open at the new Mercy Hospital Joplin. Inside and out, the 900,000-square-foot facility makes good on Mercy’s bold promise to the community to replace the tornado-ravaged St. John’s Regional Medical Center with a stronger, state-of-the-art hospital.
“The new building is opening just 46 months after the tornado hit Joplin, which is approximately half the time you ...more
|Be a part of movie history >> Home and Garden|| staff|
If you are a fan of "Godfather" movies, you should recognize this as the movie set home of Vito Corleone.
Produced in 1972 the blockbuster crime film, The Godfather was awarded three Oscars including Best Picture. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, the film about the Mafia circa 1940s-60s was filmed in New York City locations including Bellevue Hospital, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Calvary Cemetery and a 1930s-built Staten Island Tudor, the stately home of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).
Reportedly, Paramount Pictures bought the film rights to ...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 for circulation.
The official ballot title for the initiative petition, 2016-013, reads:
"Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
legalize marijuana for personal, medical, and commercial purposes; release all persons who have non-violent, marijuana-related offenses from incarceration, probation, and parole, and expunge the records of their offense; and prohibit state funds and law enforcement from being used to ...more
|Donations needed to restore pipe organ >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City, MO will host a benefit concert in St. Mary's gymnasium on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, featuring the Mark Chapman Band. The event is an effort to raise ...more|
|The light is on for you >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|“The Light is On For You," an initiative of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, is an invitation for anyone in need of quiet prayer and/or confessions to visit any of the ...more|
|Model train show and swap meet is scheduled >> Calendar of Events|| s-wade|
|The Ozarks Model Railroad Association's 37th Annual Model Train Show and Swap Meet, will be going for a new attendance record when the doors open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015, at ...more|
|Joplin area events for March 2015 >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|Events in the 4-state area for March 2015 appear below focusing on the cities of Joplin in Missouri, Pittsburg in Kansas, Miami and Tulsa in Oklahoma and Fayetteville in Arkansas. Events are posted ...more|
|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|
|Court orders Empire to pay solar rebates >> Environment|| staff|
|COLUMBIA, MO – In a 5-2 decision released February 10, 2015, by the Missouri Supreme Court, citizens and solar customers won their appeal against Empire District Electric and the Public Service ...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|
|NAMI 5K run/walk is April 11 >> Calendar of Events|| mvaughn|
|The 9th Annual Spring Fundraiser of the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI) will be a 5k run/walk on Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015. It will be at Landreth Park (4th and Murphy Blvd.) in Joplin. ...more|
|Create art from trash >> Miscellaneous|| staff|
|The City of Joplin Recycling Department, Post Art Library and Connect2Culture are sponsoring a Trash-To-Art contest in celebration of the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th anniversary. Categories ...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|
|Will you be a cop or a robber? >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|Captured are Wei Wei in pursuit of Ashley Taylor in the 2014 5K Foot Pursuit Race. Both are pharmacists at Cox Health in Springfield, MO.
The "Foot Pursuit," a 5K fun run featuring a cops and ...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|
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|