|Volunteer to help save trees >> Community|| l-onstot|
|Mike McDaniel, aborist for the city of Joplin, is asking for volunteers to help water the newly planted trees in the Joplin and Duquesne areas. The trees lost in the Joplin tornado of May 2011 have been replaced in the parks and right-of-ways for the redevelopment of green space in the communities. About 10,000 new plantings were made.
The watering schedule may be flexible but a commitment to water is required. Volunteers should contact McDaniel at the Joplin Parks and Recreation office by phoning (417) ...more
|SW Democrats speak about ballot issues >> Community|| staff|
Southwest Missouri Democrats recently gathered to debate Amendment One and held a vote on all August Primary Ballot Amendments. Informational packets with arguments for and against each amendment were provided.
Representative Bill Reiboldt (R), sponsor of Amendment One, spoke in favor, and Bob Glenn, candidate for Dade County presiding commissioner, spoke against. After both presented their arguments, questions from the audience were moderated by Quentin Cooper, intern for the Southwest Missouri Democrats and president of the Carthage High School Young Democrats.
Elliott Denniston, a member of the SWMO Democrats, called ...more
|Bettine Clemen returns in concert >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
International solo flutist Bettine Clemen, pictured, accompanied by San Francisco guitarist Richard Patterson will perform "A Love Song for All Life" featuring light classics, Latin, pop and ethnic music combined with film of nature taken all over the world. The event benefitting the Sensory Garden of the Springfield Botanical Center will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111E. Brookside Dr.
The concert will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres ...more
|Webcast is offered on common neurological disease >> Health|| staff|
|Those interested are encouraged to hook up to a free live webcast of a seminar hosted in Nashville, Tennessee by the International Essential Tremor Foundation. The seminar will take place on ...more|
|Pot sellers should get lighter sentences >> Government|| mgroob|
|WASHINGTON – The U.S. Sentencing Commission on July 18, 2014, approved an amendment that retroactively applies reduced sentencing guidelines to people who are currently serving time for select ...more|
|Lawsuit is filed against SAR program >> Government|| jbell|
|SAN FRANCISCO – Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit on July 10, 2014, challenging the legality of the federal government’s controversial Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program. The lawsuit, ...more|
|Billie Jean King wows tennis fans in Springfield >> Sports|| mariwinn|
|Tennis legend Billie Jean King stresses her enthusiasm for tennis and her crusade for equality during a briefing at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
by Mari Winn Taylor
A guy in the ...more|
|Springfield Lasers enter season as champions >> Calendar of Events|| jedwards|
Tennis legend and Mylan WTT co-founder Billy Jean King, pictured, plans to attend the opening match between the Springfield Lasers and the Philadelphia Freedoms. The match on Sunday, Jul. 6, ...more|
|Let Route 66 inspire you >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|The Springfield Regional Arts Council is calling all artists to submit work for an exhibition in honor of historic Route 66. The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, will host the ...more|
|Fall cycling benefits are scheduled >> Calendar of Events|| staff|
|Bike MS is looking for cyclists, age 12 and older, who not only enjoy the sport of biking but also want to help raise money for the MidAmerica Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The ride ...more|
|Beyond the Abyss >> Op-Ed|| hastings|
|by Winslow Myers
Nothing more clearly illustrates the absurdity of murder for political ends than this moment of chaos in Iraq and Syria. Imagine spaceships of an advanced alien civilization ...more|
|Pet advice made easy >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
|by Jack L. Kennedy
Finding reliable and readable advice in print is not always easy.
Sometimes, alleged experts offer their vast or half-(v)ast knowledge in very authoritarian ways, as ...more|
|Ruling strengthens cell phone privacy rights >> Government|| jbell|
|MIAMI – For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant to get people’s phone location histories from their cell service companies.
“The court’s ...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|
|Do we need a right to farm amendment in Missouri? >> Editorial|| mariwinn|
|The voters of Missouri are asked to approve what to Section A. Article I, Constitution of Missouri? How many voters actually are familiar with the rest of Article I? (For more information about the ...more|
|Oh no, a tick! >> Health|| ashley|
|In the United States, ticks are responsible for more human disease than any other insect. They are very good at this because they feed on a large variety of mammals, reptiles, and even birds. Six ...more|
|Democrats honor recent Joplin High graduate >> People|| staff|
Laela Zaidi, pictured, was awarded Missouri’s Young Democrat of the Year. The presentation by Doug Brooks, chairman of the 32nd Democratic Senatorial District, took place at the Jefferson Jackson ...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|
|EPA's new proposal generates partisanship >> Government|| mariwinn|
|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Clean Power Plan proposal that as expected has created quite a furor, especially amongst Republican ranks. While the agency hopes the plan ...more|
|Joplin pools set opening day >> Calendar of Events|| l-onstot|
|The opening day for Schifferdecker, Ewert, and Cunningham Family Aquatic Centers is Saturday, May 24, 2014.
The Family Aquatic Centers offer various amenities for children of all ages and their ...more|
|Debunking animal myths >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
by Jack L. Kennedy
Some alleged experts often are “barking up the wrong tree” when they give advice about pets.
There are many misconceptions (a.k.a. old wives tales but why not credit ...more|
|Missing money? >> Government|| meghan|
|JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel today applauded the General Assembly for the passage of House Bill 1693, which passed Wednesday. If signed into law, House Bill 1693 would allow Zweifel ...more|
|lily--a true hero of the Joplin tornado >> Book Reviews|| mariwinn|
|Many stories have been written about the ferocious tornado that cut through the center of our town, Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, but they were written mainly for an adult readership. Carolyn E. ...more|
|What's art in New York City >> Entertainment|| mariwinn|
|No, I didn't think I'd be hooked into rubbing a guy's hairy chest so that the wish whispered in his ear would come true, but a seemingly innocent young girl led me past some rather suggestive photos ...more|
|Religious debate: How much of a skeptic are you? >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
by Jack L. Kennedy
Author Ean W. Burchell knows what book he distrusts the most: the Holy Bible...anyone’s view or translation of it.
The onetime educator/skeptic has compiled his ...more|
|Security warning issued for unpatched Microsoft IE >> Miscellaneous|| staff|
|If you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer versions before updated 10 or 11 with Enhanced Protected Mode to surf the net, especially if you have Microsoft XP, you might want to stop, according to a ...more|
|Alternative to tossing old electronics in a drawer >> Miscellaneous|| staff|
|There's a new ATM on the scene with a definitely different twist. ecoATM is a machine that swallows old cellphones, MP3 players and tablets like iPads and Kindles, checks them over, tells you what ...more|
|Escape to a galaxy far, far away >> Book Reviews|| jkennedy|
|by Jack L. Kennedy--
Do you ever feel worlds apart from someone? Or do you suspect those around you are from another planet at times?
Even those readers who may see science fiction as galaxies ...more|
|Master Gardeners will man phones starting April 14 >> Home and Garden|| vbryan|
|Do you have a problem with your lawn or garden and don't know where to turn for help? Then contact the Master Gardener Helpline.
A Master Gardener will be available to answer your questions on ...more|
|Think twice before signing petitions >> Op-Ed|| tfuller|
|You have seen them in your community. Individuals who approach you in parking lots located outside grocery stores, gas stations and the post office. Clipboard in hand, they are looking for a ...more|
|Maple Leaf Parade vendors should apply early >> Business|| nmyers|
|The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for Maple Leaf Festival vendors. Art/craft vendors will be able to sell handcrafted items on the historic Carthage square before, ...more|
|Flashing yellow arrows are coming >> Government|| jdmitch|
|Joplin/Duquesne - Southwest Missouri drivers soon will encounter a new type of traffic signal indication - flashing yellow left-turn arrows -- with the first installation in Joplin along Route 66 ...more|
|Photo contest captures images of Missouri >> Miscellaneous|| staff|
|A photo contest celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been announced. Entries will be judged on subject matter, composition, artistry, drama and ...more|
|Bank robber is caught on camera >> Community|| staff|
This man, described as a Latino approximately 5'7" and of medium build in his mid to late 40s, is wanted by the Joplin Police Department as a suspect in the robbery of the Arvest Bank at 3291 ...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|
|Marijuana use - a victimless crime >> Op-Ed|| rvm2|
|We are told by our government and law enforcement agencies that marijuana is bad for us. They claim it makes us stupid, lazy, and that it leads people to harder drugs like heroine or cocaine.
|Should vaccinations be mandatory or a choice? >> Health|| rvm2|
|For years, the Stay-at-home mom brigade and radical religious groups have kept their children from being vaccinated due to the fear that it would make their children autistic.
What’s been the ...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|