Show Me The Ozarks - November 2022

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November 2022 • Volume 22 • Issue 3 Featuring Neosho | Holiday Wish List | Our Greatest Volunteers Your Place To Be THE HARRY M. CORNELL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
November 2022 • • 3 Debbie Koehler Client Service Associate TO OUR JOPLIN OFFICE We Welcome: Brad McIntyre, AAMS™ Vice President/Investments Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated | Member SIPC & NYSE | (417) 781-6161 401 S. Main Street | Joplin, Missouri 64801
November 2022 • • 5 FALL SOLAR SPECIAL We’re making it easy for you to go solar! Take advantage of our Fall Savings Program and enjoy no electric or solar bill for a full year. No Electric or Solar Bill for a Full Year Offer Expires 12/31/2022

dream becomes a reality as the Cornell Complex opens its doors! The new home of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and Connect2Culture will serve the region as a cultural and arts entertainment center. With the mission of ‘igniting a passion for the arts, culture and entertainment’ this exciting center will hold something for everyone!

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SMTO contents November 2022 62 Our Greatest Volunteers 58 The Life of Volunteerism - Janet Penn 59 A First-Class Volunteer - Earline Kelley 60 Hometown Hero Improves The Community Through Volunteering Efforts - Joshua Shackles 61 Scientific Volunteers Kara Arnce & Lori Good Holiday Guide 32 Holiday Wish List Featuring Neosho 41 Faces of Neosho 48 Change Is In The Air 50 The Creative Edge - Artist For All: Muralist Sandra Dawn Pemberton 52 Neosho Junior Riley Kemna 53 KNEO 91.7 FM Radio Station Maintains Strong Commitment to Community 54 Neosho Business Spotlights 56 Why I Run - Globetrotter: A Glimpse Inside Henri Coeme's Fascinating Running Career


Health Events

Using Botox To Prevent Migraines

Fit For Life

When The Helper Needs Help

Head into

by enjoying a

market, craft fair or a few early Christmas parades, or create a DIY holiday- themed craft. Run in a turkey trot or take a fall hike on a local trail. In addition, there are musical performances, dance lessons and plays to enjoy all throughout the Four States this month. It's

time with plenty to do!

A Most Distinguished Patient: Grand Prosthetics Serves 103-Year-Old WWII Veterans Colonel Dean Barrett

other great reads

Habitat for Humanity: Veterans Build Helps Those Who Served Our Country


Tastes of the Four States - Sam's Cellar

Your House ... Your Home - Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas

Gratitude: It's More Than Good Manners

The Great Outdoors

A Naturalist Voice - A November Feathered Venture At Home

Your Realtor For Life - Advantages of End-of-Year Home Buying

Can you find it?

ShowMe Carl Junction

Spotlight on Carthage

Joplin Arts District

Show Me Showoffs!

Lafayette House Employees See Hope in Challenges

Empty Bowls Focused On Feeding The Hungry

Soroptimists Encourage Women To Live Their Dream

Women In Business

An Amazing Adventure: The Quest For The Triple Crown

Find the GREEN smiley face on one of our pages. Email sue@ with the page number and spot where you found it. Submit your entry by the 15th of the month. A winner will be drawn from all the correct entries and will receive a gift certificate from an area retailer. One entry per household please. Good luck!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Brown the winner of the September edition “Find the Green Smiley Face” contest. Elizabeth wins 2 gift certificates to McAlister’s Deli in Joplin, MO. The Green Smiley was on page 47 in the Sirloin Stockade salad bar photo.

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Walk the Walk

We often talk about the future. We share ideas, plans and desires. We set goals to be healthy, to grow a prosperous community and create a promising tomorrow. We have ideas of what is healthy, and what prosperous and promising looks like and what that means. We all want a better tomorrow.

Our November issue is about growing a better tomorrow. Our November edition is about those men and woman who are actively doing their part. They do not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. We have the best nonprofit agencies and volunteers in the country.

On page 19, we highlight Veterans Build, a program started five years ago by Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity. Veterans Build provides much-needed assistance to those who served our country and protected our freedoms. On page 68, learn how the Watered Gardens ministries team is trying to end human hunger in the 10 years of Empty Bowls one bowl at a time. Each bowl purchased represents 15 meals to those in need. On page 70, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Soroptimist Live your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women. Soroptimists’, which means “best for women” in Latin, primary goal is to provide women and girls access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

In Our Greatest Volunteers, we learn about the life of volunteering. These individuals share their “why” and are recognized for the impact they have made on others and our community. Read this feature and learn what was the motivation to start and continue their service to the community. Read this feature and be inspired to join in their mission to help others and make an impact in our community.

We cannot think about our tomorrow without thinking about our children. After all, our children are our future. In this issue, we share how Neosho School District is making a difference in the lives of their students. On page 48, you can learn about new construction and new programs to increase graduation rates, student retention and support individual interests and passions of students.

On pages 52 and 84, we show you just how bright our future will be. We have talented, smart and driven future leaders right here in our region. On page 52, you will meet a young lady who has been nationally recognized for her academic achievement. She is setting goals and crushing them. We cannot wait to see what she does in her future! On page 84, you can learn about one young man who broke out of his comfort zone and created his own dream. This young man will inspire you to start your next adventure. When one door closes, another one opens!

We also celebrate Thanksgiving this month – a perfect time to show our gratitude for what we have and what is all around us. Let’s spend the 30 days of November gathering, celebrating and doing our part in making the best tomorrow. We are stronger together!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Joplin, MO 64803 417.455.9898


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November 2022 • • 11 We have unique handcrafted Holiday gifts! jewelry, paintings, pottery, glass & wood Holiday Open House Friday, November 18th & Friday, December 9th 5:30 8 PM enter our free raffle for art Monday Saturday 10 6 pm Friday & Saturday Nov 25 Dec 17 11 7 pm 1027 S Main, Joplin, in the Gryphon Building


Northeast OK

3rd Annual Mount Olive Fall Craft Fair

November 4 & 5, all day

Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2337 N. Main St. Shop local vendors. This event features a wide variety of crafts and small businesses. Admission is free. All proceeds go to Mount Olive Lutheran School. Friday hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call or text Tamara Patterson at 918.541.0233.

Bret Michaels Concert at Buffalo Run

November 5, 8 pm, Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort

Having had a career that has spanned over 30 years, Bret Michaels has built his brand piece by piece, and retaining ownership and control of his own personal brand has solidified Bret as a successful entrepreneur.

Craig Morgan at Downstream Casino November 13, 8-10 pm 69300 Nee Road, Quapaw

After 20 years as a chart-topping country music singer, songwriter and live performer, Craig returns to Broken Bow Records to release his first new music in nearly 4 years. But God, Family, Country, his ninth studio album, is a little different. It combines five new songs with some of the most powerful tracks he recorded for Broken Bow from 2002 to 2008, includ ing “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Almost Home” and “God, Family, Country.” It’s past hits mixed with future signatures.

Tracy Lawrence and Tracy Byrd at Buffalo Run Casino

November 19, 8-11 pm 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami

Tracy Lawrence and Tracy Byrd live at Buffalo Run. Tickets starting at $35. Age: 21 and over. The Peoria Showplace doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets on sale now.

Miami Christmas Parade

December 3, 6-7 pm

Dates and times are subject to change. Please call the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau at 918.542.4435 to confirm

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Carthage, MO

Through December 3: 2022 Holiday Boutique, artCentral Carthage. Find handmade, affordable gifts for everyone on your list during artCentral's annual Holiday Boutique! Peruse décor, jewelry, accessories, ornaments and more from featured artists Debbie Barnett, Kristin Girard, Brenda Hayes and Jane McCaulley. Plus, admire and bid on the 5x7 canvases created and donated by artCentral artists for the annual Small Works, Great Wonders Silent Auction. Free; donations appreciated. Contact artcentral@, 417.358.4404.

Through December 3: Small Works, Great Wonders Silent Art Auction, artCentral Carthage. This annual artCentral fundraiser features the 5x7 mixed media works created and donated by artCentral artists. Although they may be tiny, these pieces demonstrate a wide range of skills, styles and talents possessed by some of the area's finest artists. View all available pieces or place bids at artCentral or at Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.358.4404.

Joplin, MO


November 4: Vienna Boys Choir, 7 pm, Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia Ave. The world-renowned boys choir makes its long-awaited return to Joplin to share their beautiful voices and uplifting program during this ticketed performance. Tickets available at $15. Contact: director@, 417.625.1822.

November 11 & 12: Hyronomous A. Frog, 7:30 pm, McAuley Catholic High School, 930 Pearl Ave. An inept and lonely frog lives in a bog in the kingdom of Spamelot. Bored and unhappy, Hyronomous is larger than the other frogs and hates the taste of flies. However, one day the good witch Gloria appears and tells Hyronomous he was once a human prince, and it was a spell that turned him into an amphibian. But, to break this croak-filled wizardry, Hyronomous must be kissed by a maiden. Admission: $5. More information:, 417.624.9320.

November 15: Schumann Quartet and Jon Nakamatsu, 7:30 pm, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Jon Nakamatsu, a Van Cliburn-winning pianist, joins the internationally acclaimed string quartet Schumann Quartet for a stunning performance, courtesy of Connect2Culture and Pro Musica. Reservations recommended; RSVP information available soon. Contact, 417.625.1822.

November 16-20: The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered, 7:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. The long-running soap opera The Bold and the Young is in its last days: its hunky hero has self-esteem issues, its villainous old man is more interested in soup, and its heroines are slightly psychopathic. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: complete one episode overnight or the show dies. Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket at or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15. More information: info@joplinlittletheatre. org, 417.623.3638.

November 18 & 19: West Side Story, 7 pm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd. The struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas ever written. Additional details to come, including ticket information. Contact, 417.781.5124.

November 26 & 27: Chris Duarte Group feat. David Renko, 5:30-7:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. With an explosive career in music and his exceptional command of Texas blues guitar, music legend Chris Duarte is a blues rock superstar. Critically acclaimed Duarte takes the stage, backed by saxophonist David Renko, to perform his signature style of contemporary blues rock mixed with fusion, pop and heavy psychedelia. Reservations required; for reservations, email

In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. Minimum suggested donation: $30. Contact info@


November 1: Autumn Spring, 7 pm, Missouri Southern State University Cornell Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. A bittersweet comedy starring the great Vlastimil Brodský as Fanda, an old man who refuses to grow up. Free. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 2: Artist Talk with Tammy Harrington, 6-7 pm. Opening reception: Visions by Tammy Harrington, 7-8 pm, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Hear from artist and printmaker Tammy Harrington as she discusses the artistic process and meaning behind the work included in her solo exhibition Visions. Free. Contact, 417.625.9563.

November 3: Night of Expression, 6-8 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. Come one, come all to The Non-Permitted Project's second Night of Expression, featuring a variety of work created by local artisans! Free. Contact, 417.629.6569.

November 3: Being a Memory: Readings from the Czech Lands, 7 pm, Missouri Southern State University Cornell Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. An evening of readings from Czechia and its historic predecessors highlighting the richness of this literary tradition. Free. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 5 & 6: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Studio Tours, 10 am-4 pm, November 6, noon- 6 pm, Martin Luther Christian School. Join the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition as their members open their studio spaces for tours! See where some of the most talented area artists produce their work and watch as they provide demonstrations. Participants start at Martin Luther School, purchase Studio Signature Cards and then visit each of the studios they would like to see. At each studio, artists sign participants' cards to help them enter for a chance to win beautiful pieces from participating artists. Studio Signature Cards: $10. More information:

November 6, 13, 20 & 27: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm; 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free., 417.540.9186.

November 8: Bernard Brewery: One of the Most-Renowned Breweries in Czechia, 11 am, Missouri Southern State University Corley Auditorium. The province of Bohemia, today part of the Czech Republic, and Czechia have a long and well-established tradition of brewing. Free. More information:, 417.625.9736.

November 10: Dvořák’s Rusalka (The Little Mermaid), 1 pm & 7 pm, Missouri Southern State University Corley Auditorium. In this famous opera, the beguiling water sprite, or rusalka, falls in love with a human prince and yearns to be human. Learn more about the libretto and music of Rusalka. Free. More information:, 417.625.9736.

November 10: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Information:, 417.691.0480.

November 11: Living in the Heart of Europe: An MSSU Professor's Journey in Czechia, 10 am, Missouri Southern State University Corley Auditorium. Dr. Becca Shriver, an assistant professor of history


at Missouri Southern State University, studies modern Europe, transnational social movements and international organizations. Hear from Dr. Shriver as she discusses her journey through Czechia. Free. More information:, 417.625.9736.

November 12: Cornell Complex Opening Celebration, noon-5 pm, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts invite the public to the opening celebration of Joplin's new home for the arts! Additional details to come. Free. More information: 417.501.5550.

November 15: Recipe Exchange (ages 18+), 6-7 pm, Joplin Public Library. Bring a typed or handwritten hard copy of a recipe (or recipes) you enjoy cooking (and eating!), exchange it for a new recipe (or recipes) brought by others, and chat with fellow food enthusiasts! Please bring a couple copies of your recipe(s), if possible, so more than one participant may take your recipe home. Free. Contact 417.623.7953.

November 17: Why Export to the Czech Republic and Central Europe? 9:30 am, Missouri Southern State University Cornell Auditorium. In 2020, Missouri businesses exported over $100 million worth of goods and services to countries in Eastern Europe, with over 20 percent of that value being exported to the Czech Republic. Free. More information:, 417.625.9736.

November 17: 10th Annual Empty Bowls 2022, 11 am–6:30 pm, Joplin Empire Market. Do you enjoy local artwork, tasty soups and helping others in our community? Then this event is for you! Select a handcrafted bowl from an area artist and fill it with your choice of delicious soup from a local restaurant. After your meal is done, keep the bowl as a reminder of your generosity and dedication to eliminating hunger in our area. Cost: $25 minimum per bowl. More information:, 417.825.0536.

November 18: The Impacts of Globalization on Life in the Town of Longyearbyen, 11 am, Missouri Southern State University Phelps Theater. Free. More information:, 417.625.9736.

November 26: Model Train Show and Swap Meet, 9 am-3 pm, Joplin History & Mineral Museum. Join fellow train enthusiasts in admiring intricate model train displays and update your collection at swap tables. All ages welcome! All proceeds benefit the Joplin History & Mineral Museum. Admission: Adults $5, children 12 and under: free. contact:, 620.230.9545.


November 12-December 31: 75th Annual Joy Spiva Cragin Membership Show, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Back for its 75th year, the Joy Spiva Cragin Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. This highly anticipated exhibit highlights the immense visual arts talent in our area and includes artwork in a wide variety of mediums, including ceramic, watercolor, wood, oils, metal, photography, mixed media and more. Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

November 12-December 31: Emerging Artist Exhibit, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) presents a juried exhibit specifically for new or emerging artists! Designed for high school or college students aged 16 or older, the Emerging Artist Exhibit exposes the community to the next generation of artists and their work. Free; donations appreciated. More information:

Through November 3: Visions by Tammy Harrington, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery. A solo exhibition from Tammy Harrington, an artist and printmaker whose work is influenced by the Chinese folk art of paper cut. Free. More information:, 417.625.9563.

November 1-30: Art at Plant Parenthood 417. Plant Parenthood, a store that helps people experience, grow and decorate with plants, is not only dedicated to plants, but to local artists, as well! A variety of area artists display and offer their artwork for sale in this downtown boho store. Drop in to see unbe-leaf-able artwork from Marta Churchwell, Merlen White, Daria Claiborne, Connie Miller and Brent Skinner. Free. More information:


Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd Street

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 4-5:15 pm. Painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and more. Pre-registration recommended, and space is limited in this popular class; register at Cost: In advance $6, at door $8. More information: 417.623.0183.

Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W 7th St.

November 19: Charcoal Keepsakes with Sandra Pemberton (ages 12+), 10 am–noon. Sandra Pemberton is back to teach charcoal art for this onetime class! Participants will learn various charcoal drawing techniques and make their own unique design on wood. After being coated for preservation, students will take home their finished art and an easel for a beautiful display. Registration required; register at Cost: $25. More information:, 417.623.0183.

November 19: Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley (ages 8+), 3-5 pm. Create a beautiful fused-glass ornament in preparation for the upcoming holiday season! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll have a blast in this glass class. Registration required; register at spivaarts. org/classes. Cost: $35. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Create N’ Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd Street

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event. Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. $28-$58., 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. Information:, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main Street:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Stay up to 3 hours of painting time. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $20. jnpgiltner@

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information:

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 10 am-5:30 pm. Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils and micron inks during one- or two-hour, private or group lessons! Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information:, 573.397.1940.

Third Fridays: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall (ages 10+), 6-8:30 pm. Play with fire during this unforgettable class! Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835 or texting Roxenne at 573.397.1940. All supplies included. $35. More information:, 573.397.1940.

November 2022 • • 15

What’s Happening Calendar of Events

in the Ozarks

If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to: Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the scheduled event.

Pittsburg, KS

Wednesdays: Trivia Night, 7 pm, Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

Thursdays: Thursday Night Line Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

First Friday of the Month: Heavy metal bands, live music, 9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Second Friday of the Month: Drag Shows, 10 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Last Friday of the Month: College Night w/ DJ A Baby, 8 pm-2 am. Free admission with college ID. Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

November 4: University Choir and PSU Chorale Concert, 7 pm, 1711 S. Homer Street.

November 5: Tree Lighting and Open House, 10 am, The Christmas Shoppe, 1608 W. 4th Street.

November 11: Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer Street.

November 11: Arx Duo, McCray Hall, 7 pm, 200 E. Lindburg Street.

November 12: Bill & Monica's Excellent Adventure, 11 am, Gorilla Village at Carnie Smith Stadium, 1705 S. Joplin.

November 12: Kansas Army National Guard 35th Infantry Band Concert, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer Street.

November 13: Community Band concert, 3 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer Street.

November 16: PSU Jazz Ensemble and KMEA District Honor Jazz Band, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer Street.

November 17-20: This is Halloween, 7:30 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine Street. Inspired by the beloved film The Nightmare Before Christmas, this thrilling production combines contemporary and hip-hop dance, aerial arts performances and stunning costumes for a performance you won't forget. Tickets can be purchased at

Tickets: Floor $13-$15, balcony $10, children (ages 5 and under) $5. Contact, 620.235.4831.

November 19: Ginger Billy, Kansas Crossing Casino, 8 pm, 1275 US-69.

November 26: Holiday Art Market by Pittsburg ArtWalk, 10 am-1 pm, Frisco Event Center, 210 E. 4th Street.

November 28: Pittsburg Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm, downtown Pittsburg.

November 28: Best of Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer Street.

December 3: Holiday Market, 9 am-3 pm, The Barn at Timber Cove, 832 S. 250th Street.

December 3: Holiday Craft Fair, 9 am-noon, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine Street.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165 Check our Facebook page during the month as artists may offer popups.

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration/Weekly Beginning Painting, 12:302:30 pm. Free. Explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.

November 6: O Christmas Tree: Resin and Glass, 1-4 pm. Make your own Christmas tree. Choose between a 4” x 12” shattered glass tree or an 8” x 10” shell tree. Finished piece will be resined after the class, and you can pick up in the gallery November 10 or after. Please indicate which size tree(s) you want to make when you register. $50 for one tree or $90 for two trees (by the same student), ages 12 and up. Class limit: 10.

November 12: Dutch Pour Painting, 2-4 pm. We will use a hair dryer to manipulate the paint on the canvas. These pours typically look floral while some may look like the cosmos. $30, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10, ages: 14 and older.

November 19: Holiday Ornaments, 1-4 pm. Participants should be able to make 4-5 small ornaments. Basic glass-cutting skills are demonstrated. Individual instruction is provided along with all glass tools and material. After fusing, ornaments will be returned to the Gallery and ready for pick up November 23 at the Gallery. Ages: 14 and older. $40 for 4-5 small ornaments, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10.

November 20: Ceramic Pumpkins, 1-4 pm. Decorate pumpkins for your fall display! You will be given two enclosed clay forms to decorate however you wish. Make it scary or cute. As always, all supplies are included and the two firings necessary to make your creation durable. $50, due at time of registration. Class limit: 8. Ages: 14 and older.

November 27: Upcycled Snowmen, 1-4 pm. We’ve endured the oppressive heat and drought, so let’s get ready for snowman season! Take pieces of old and new to create these one-of-a-kind upcycled snow people. These are great to add to your collection or give as gifts. $40, due at time of registration. Class limit: 6. Ages: 13 and older.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball: 6-10 pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm and Sunday 1-6 pm. Tuesday Yoga, 6 pm.

November 5: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 am, CJ Community Center. Cost: Adults, $6; children under 6, $3. Call 417.439.7724.

Carthage, MO

November 5: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609.

December 3: Holiday Homes Tour and Tea, 10 am-4 pm, presented by Carthage Historic Preservation. This festive homes tour features a cross section of beautiful homes in a variety of styles decorated for the holidays. $25 per person/$30 at the door. Also, for your enjoyment that day, tea at the Historic Phelps House. Available by Reservation, $30 per person. With Victorian decorations all about, a truly sumptuous tea will be served at the 1895 Phelps House Mansion during the 2022 Christmas Homes Tour. Tea times: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5:30 pm. For more information, call 417.358.1776.

Diamond, MO - George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

November 5 & 6: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. George Washington Carver called himself a trailblazer, but he wasn’t the only one. Talk with a park ranger and explore contributions made by African American trailblazers and discover their pioneering achievements.


November 12 & 13: Archaeological Investigations, 1 pm. Over the years, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts at the park. Join us as we learn about some of these museum items and glance at pieces of history.

November 19 & 20: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. In the early 1900s, remote tenant farmers in southern Alabama had a hard time keeping up with farming techniques until the Agricultural School on Wheels came to town. Learn more about this innovative solution George Washington Carver helped design.

November 26 & 27: Film: The Tuskegee Airmen, 1 pm. In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. (106 minutes)

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Curbside ordering also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 pm until Thursday at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday. More information:

November 4: Joplin Area Welcome Club Luncheon, noon, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Lunch is followed by a Salute to Veterans presented by Cliff McQuillen, Chaplain VFW District 7. Visit joplinareawelcomeclub. com or email for information or reservations.

November 24: The Joplin Turkey Trot, 6:30 am, Starlit Running Company, 407 S. Pennsylvania Ave. 5K run/walk in downtown Joplin! Runners and walkers are encouraged to join us on Thanksgiving morning for what has become a family tradition for many. This certified 5K course begins and ends in front of Joplin City Hall on Main Street, which is closed to traffic. Participants of the 5K will enjoy a super-soft raglan event shirt, amazing finisher medal, music by a professional DJ, Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee. As Joplin’s largest standalone 5K, this is a race you don’t want to miss! Email

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 West Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program, or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9 am-5 pm and Saturday 10 am-3 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email or visit mdc. for upcoming events. Parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

November 1, 2, 15, 16 & 29: Project FeederWatch, 9:30 am-3:30 pm. A winter-long survey of birds anyone can participate in. Stop by anytime to help us count birds at our feeders for our third year of collecting data and to find out information about Project Feeder Watch.

November 4: Little Acorns: Bison Stampede, 10:30 am. Registration required. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. Hundreds of years ago, bison could be found roaming the prairie lands of Missouri. Join us to learn more about these larger-than-life creatures and make a craft to take home!

November 5: Bison Discovery Table, 10 am-2 pm. Happy National Bison Day! Stop by anytime to explore and touch bison artifacts and learn more about these historic icons.

November 8: Virtual Outdoor Skills: Reading the Deer Woods, 6 pm. Registration required. Scouting and a little woodsman knowledge are important for a great outdoor experience and harvest. This program will be beneficial to novice hunters interested in deer habits, scouting

and deer stand placement. We will also have a virtual look at acorns and browse plots.

November 19 & 22: Turkey Trot/Fall Hike, 10:30 am. Registration required. Get ready to explore nature during autumn and walk toward turkey day. Join Shoal Creek Naturalists while we discuss the season changes and what animals are doing during these colder times. Meet at the gazebo west of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. The hike will be about 1 mile long and is rated easy with uneven surfaces. Webb City, MO

Saturdays: Webb City Farmers Market, 9 am-noon. Farm fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies, humanely raised meats and so much more can be found at the Webb City Farmers Market. Contact Rachael Lynch, market manager, at 417.438.5833.

November 11 & 12: Downtown Webb City Holiday Merry Market, 1 pm. Shopping, food, trolley rides, photo spot, pop-up vendors, giveaways. Go to or call 417.673.1154.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

Every Monday: Yoga Classes on Monday, various times. Chair yoga ($10/person, 30 minutes), ages 12 and up, will begin at 2:30 pm. Kids yoga ($7/person, 30-45-minute class), ages 6+. Begin at 3:15 pm. Adult yoga ($10/person, 50-minute class), ages 12 and up, will begin at 4:10 pm. Must pre-register. Sign up on our Facebook page or email maddie@

November 13: Yoga in Nature-Adults, 8:30-9:30 am, ages 12+. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. $10 to attend. You must pre-register. To register, visit our Facebook page or email

November 13: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 am, free. Ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Must pre-register. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email

November 12: Wildcat Glades Friends Group Nature Craft-Wreaths, 6-7 pm, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. Ages 12 & up. We will have hot chocolate and create season-themed wreaths. The wreaths will be made of natural materials, and attendees can take their wreaths home. Please visit our Facebook page to register, or email Maddie at

November 16 & 19: Preschool Program: Arctic Animals, November 16, 10 am-12 pm; November 19, 1-3 pm, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. Ages 3-7. Oh my, it’s cold! But my fur keeps me warm! Learn about the “Animals Who Live Where It is Very Cold”! A story, a song and a craft will help us figure out how they survive. Must pre-register. Please do so by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing maddie@wildcatglades. org.

Neosho, MO

November 5: Handmade Holiday Market by Neosho Farmers Market, 10 am-2 pm. Join nearly 50 of the area’s finest local artisans, crafters, bakers and makers of handmade goods for this fourth annual Handmade Holiday Market. This special day brings together local shoppers and talented crafters who share an appreciation of handmade goods. Fresh food and drinks available.

December 3: Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 am, Neosho Auditorium. Join us for a fun morning for your whole family! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts, games and pictures with Santa. Call 417.451.1925.

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Carthage, MO

November 11: Veterans Day Celebration, 11 am-noon. Carthage VFW Post 2590 will host Veterans Day celebration at Carthage Memorial Hall.

Joplin, MO

November 12: 35th Annual Joplin Community Veterans Day Parade, 10 am, downtown. Parade starts at 15th and Main streets and processes north along Main to 3rd Street, turning west, where it will cross over onto Joplin Avenue and process south to the City Hall parking lots between 5th and 7th streets. Neosho, MO

November 11: Veterans Day Chili Feed, 2-4 pm, VFW Post 4142 will host a free chili feed That is open to anyone that would like to come, 1412 Waldo Hatler Memorial Drive.

Pineville, MO

November 11: McDonald County Veterans Day Ceremony, 5 - 8 pm, Pineville Town Square. Dinner, speakers, entertainment, and fireworks.

Bernice, OK

November 11: Veterans Day Dinner, 6 pm. VFW Post #2592 Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner at the Bernice Community Center. Menu: chicken and noodles, green beans, roll, dessert and drink. Free for veterans, active service members and their spouses.

Grove, OK

November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 am, a short ceremony at the wall of honor at the Grove Community Center.

Jay, OK

November 10: Gathering of Vets, 6-8 pm, First Baptist Church, 503 N. 4th St. Gathering of Vets was created for veterans by veterans. It is veterans’ time to spend with other veterans chatting, exchanging stories, chewing the fat, sharing pictures, etc. Enjoy a free, simple meal. Anyone who wishes to bring a dish to share is always welcomed to but not required. We work off donations which helps with the food cost and supplies. This is for our veterans, and they may bring one guest if they wish. Contact Mary McQuoid at 918.801.6099 or if you have any questions or comments.

Miami, OK

November 11: Veterans Day Parade, 5 pm, Main Street.

Parsons, KS

November 11: 2022 Veterans Day Parade, 9 am, downtown. Honoring all who served. Parade will begin at Washington and Central and proceed south to Main, turn east on Main and proceed to 17th, north on 17th to Washington, and west on Washington, concluding at Central Avenue. Visit veterans.

Pittsburg, KS

November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony, 1 pm, PSU Veterans Memorial, 1909 S. Rouse Ave. Event will return to an in-person Veterans Day ceremony this year as part of the university’s annual observation of the national holiday. It is presented as a civics lesson for local sixth graders and is open to the public. This year’s keynote speaker is Pittsburg Fire Chief Dennis Reilly, who operated as a rescue squad officer at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. In addition to a distinguished fire service career, Reilly is a U.S. Army veteran. Spending more than 6 years on active duty, he served as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division, a flight medic with over 500 hours of flight time, and as a combat medic with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and was deployed during the first Gulf War. PSU ROTC also will play a role in the ceremony, as will the Pittsburg Community Middle School Choir. Contact Kathleen Flannery at or call 620.235.4757.


Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Helps Those Who Served Our Country

Taking care of all those who have served our country should certainly be a priority here at home, and the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, which has operated for 32 years, is doing its part.

Five years ago, this generous local non-profit organization created a Veterans Build program to provide much-needed assistance for so many individuals who helped protect our freedoms.

Scott Clayton, executive director of the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, looked back on how Veterans Build came about as he recollected, “There was a World War II veteran who had recently passed, Mr. Harold Layton. Four of his friends stopped by and asked me several questions about Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Layton had gone through the Joplin tornado.

“He’d seen a lot of what we were doing in the community and appreciated our work. He left $35,000 to his friends to give to an organization they felt would best use the funds. They decided Mr. Layton would have wanted the funds to go toward building a home for a veteran.”

Bringing the story closer to home, Clayton reflected, “It was moving for me personally. My grandfather served in World War II. He was Harold Clayton. And here’s WWII veteran Harold Layton giving funds to a place where I work to help a veteran in need of housing.

“Shortly after, Steven Gandy with Home Depot secured a sizeable grant and then the American Legion Post 13 had funding available and made a third contribution needed to build a house. The house was built for veteran Ronald King and his wife, Charlotte. It’s one of the most special builds we’ve had.”

Clayton recognized this effort as a big deal, and he said, “The National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that 2.5 million veterans heading households are at least 55 years old. Of those 2.5 million veterans, 24% have housing-cost burdens.

“Unlike older civilians, older veterans are more likely to have a disability –35% versus 28% – which may require home modifications or health and other supportive services as they age. Additionally, nearly 4 million veterans pay at 30% of their income toward rent or mortgage, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50%.

“These are individuals who made the conscious decision to serve our country, placing service over self.

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity/ Veterans Build Fast Facts

What: Veterans Build Program, which began in 2017 Extension of Habitat for Humanity: Of the more than 1,100 affiliates throughout the United States and Canada, there are 320 affiliates that have specific housing programs for veterans.

Habitat for Humanity Overall Perspective: Works in more than 70 countries helping more than 39 million people improve their living conditions since 1976. Works together with families, communities, volunteers and partners from around the world so people can live in affordable and safe homes. Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity covers the Jasper County effort and began as an of affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in 1989.

Decision-making: Key factor is funding. Since 2006, General Mills has supported work in the Joplin area. General Mills donated a large grant to the latest Veter ans Build, an insulated concrete forms (ICF) home built with concrete walls, helping to make this home a reality for Marine veteran Tim Peay and his family.

Basic Criteria: Eligibility with the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity home-building program is based on hav ing a need for better housing, being within the income guidelines and the willingness to partner by complet ing “sweat equity” hours. Through an application process, the family selection committee reviews and meets with applicants. If the team believes the candi date is meeting the criteria, then the board of directors of Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity votes.

Building Process: There’s a dedicated group of professional builders and staff that leads construction efforts. The process includes permits, building and inspections. Coverage is the Jasper County area, with many homes built in Joplin, but some in Webb City, Carthage and Oronogo. The amount of time depends on weather, availability of subs and materials. Having partner families helping with construction is important.

By the Numbers: Built 179 homes, with 148 of those in the last 11 years. There’s also a light, exterior repair program called A Brush With Kindness that is volun teer-led and has completed more than 350 repairs since 2013. Also, a Critical Home Repair Program is contractor-based and completes more significant repairs for homeowners in need.

Quote from Veteran Tim Peay: “My family and I are so grateful to everyone at Joplin Habitat who helped us with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are so incredibly fortunate, and it’s been a great thing work ing with everyone on this home. We feel safe, secure and very, very blessed.”

“Many of us can’t even imagine what many who have served our country have gone through. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to help build homes for veterans in need of better housing.”

Clayton is thrilled to be involved in this work. “There are many organizations and individuals that are in our area that are supportive to the veteran community. I’m proud that Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity is one of them.

“Personally, I’ve been working here for more than 13 years, and I wouldn’t have been doing it for this long without believing wholeheartedly in the work. We’ve been able to do a good amount, and there’s much more left to do.”

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Carl Junction just wrapped up its third year for annual Trunk or Treat at the Carl Junction Area Chamber office. There were over 24 area businesses/organizations giving out candy, spooky music and four food trucks all celebrating Halloween with area residents. This has become a loved tradition in Carl Junction, and it’s great to see so many families from all over our area coming into Carl Junction to celebrate. This year, we had over 900 kids join us on Main Street.

Looking ahead, the holiday season is right around the corner. The Carl Junction Lions Club Christmas Parade on Main Street in Carl Junction will be at 2 pm Sunday, December 4. This year’s theme is “A Small Town Christmas.” The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will also kick off the shopping season the week of November 21 with a shop local campaign encouraging the community to eat, play and shop with local, small businesses for the holiday season. There are so many fantastic boutiques and shops in our area with perfect gifts to give for the holidays. Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, November 26, this year! We always want you to think local first!


After a successful 56th Annual Maple Leaf Festival presented by Mercy Hospital Carthage, one would think it would be time for the Chamber and the City to take a break, but not a chance!

The Carthage Chamber is getting ready to kick off its holiday shopping season to encourage everyone to shop local. The Chamber will be holding a Holiday Sip & Shop November 9 at the Garadian, along with the newly revitalized Small Business Saturday neighborhood campaign. Businesses around Carthage will sign up to be a part of this annual tradition. This will be held on Saturday, November 26, and will encourage shopping in our local businesses throughout Carthage. These businesses will offer specials in local shops all day long. Small Business Saturday is the busiest shopping day for most retailers during the holiday shopping season. Businesses wishing to participate in Carthage Small Business Saturday may call the Chamber at 417.358.2373.

The Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer will begin taking visitors November 24 to see their holiday lights. Millions of lights will be on display for visitors to enjoy and will be open daily until January. Stop by and see all these beautiful lights on display at 1900 Grand Avenue in Carthage.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Carthage will host a first-ever State of the City Chamber Coffee

November 4. This event will take place at Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison. Business leaders and community members are encouraged to hear from city officials as they lay out their plans for the future of Carthage. This is a free event; however, to help plan for guests, those wishing to attend need to RSVP to the Chamber at 417.358.2373.

Vision Carthage will once again host Hometown Holidays at the beautiful historic downtown square. Enjoy food trucks, Santa visits, many inflatables and ice skating. For a complete list of open dates and times, find Vision Carthage on Facebook or at

We look forward to seeing everyone shopping Carthage during the holiday season. For more information, contact the Carthage Chamber or stop by their offices at 402 S. Garrison, Carthage, Missouri.

Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply

2309 Fair Lawn Dr. 417.358.3529

Race Brothers carries a complete line of farm and home supplies including clothing, electrical, plumbing, lawn and garden, outdoor power equipment, tools, truck accessories, pet supplies, cattle-handling equipment, farm fencing and toys. Dedicated to providing the Carthage area with quality service and products for over 40 years. You’ll like the way we do business…tell a friend!

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happening in November.

Chaos Brewing Company. Free Trivia Nights. Every Wednesday at 7 pm. Sign up starts at 5 pm. 112 South Main Street. Fall Open House. Various downtown boutiques and galleries. November 4 and 5. Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Comedy Open Mic held each Sunday. 21+. Free. 8:30 pm. Sign ups at 8 pm. 510 South Joplin Avenue. Spiva Center For the Arts New Location. Freeman Health System Main Gallery: The 75th Spiva Cragin Membership Show. Jo Mueller Gallery: ‘Emerging Artist” Show hosted by the Joplin Regional Artist Coalition. Also at Spiva: 91 Thomas Hart Benton lithographs from the State Historical Society of Missouri. November 12-December 31. 212 West 7th Street.

Annual Joplin Community Veterans Parade. Starts at 15th and Main and heads north to 3rd and Main. November 12, 10 am.

Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex. ProMusica and Connect2Culture presents Schumann Quartet and Jon Nokamatsu free concert. November 15, 6:30-8:30 pm. 212 West Seventh Street. Club 609. The holiday season decor starts mid-month by “decking the walls” floor-toceiling with festive, nostalgic and colorful scenes that make you smile in wonderment and delight. A must see! 609 South Main Street. Downtown Window Decorating Contest. Look for the best “March of the Toys” theme. Kicks off November 17.

Spiva Center for the Arts New Location. Charcoal drawing class with Sandra Dawn. 10 am-12 pm. Ages 12 +, $25. Glass ornaments class with Jane McCaulley. 3-5 pm. Ages 8+, $35. Both classes on November 19. 212 West Seventh Street.

Grand Falls Plaza featuring Sevrin. Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. November 19, 7 pm. All ages. 506 South Joplin Avenue.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. A certified 5K and Family Fun Run. Held downtown at 6th and Main. No vember 24, 6:30-9 am. Details:

Free Open Mic Night. Fourth Thursdays at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. November 24, 6:30 p.m. 506 South Joplin Avenue.

Shop Small Biz Saturday. Downtown boutiques, res taurants and galleries. November 26. For more events and activities, please visit, and @JoplinArtsDistrict on Facebook.

ART ON THE WALL: Where to view locally made artwork on display in October. Rolanda Root, “Autumnal Winds” Mixed Media, Encaustic Beast & Barrel 530 South Main Street

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22 Blackthorn Pizza & Pub is a welcoming and inclusive Irish pub in the heart of downtown Joplin. This hip spot is famous for its delicious food, huge beer selection on tap, the area’s best live music and unforgettable drag shows. Follow Blackthorn on Facebook for upcoming events. Open 7 days a week and now also open for lunch Thursday through Monday. Blackthorn Pizza & Pub 510 S. Joplin Ave Joplin, MO 417.623.2485 Facebook: @ BlackthornPizza&Pub Countryside in the City Florist • Event Planner Event Venue 422 S. Joplin Ave. 417.781.3719 Countryside in the City is one of the leading florists in Joplin for fine, quality roses, flowers, plants and gifts for every occasion. Let our experienced designers and staff create a one-of-a-kind gift you will love. We also offer beautiful custom-designed wedding flower arrangements including wedding bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres. Open Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-1 pm. Convenient parking. Where it’s ‘COOL’
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This November, we’re thankful for Joplin artists! Keep reading for the best places to catch art and entertainment in downtown Joplin, including the new Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex! JOPLIN ARTS DISTRICT NEWS - A snapshot of news, events and activities
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Encounters” Paintings Urban Art Gallery 511 South Main Street Meet the artist November

Sam's Cellar

Neosho is a southwestern Missouri city founded on the pride of its 1839 roots. It’s the city that has every right to point to its welldeserved place in Missouri history as the Flower Box City, the historic home of beautiful sights, such as Spring Park, the historic Neosho Fish Hatchery, its hosting of multiple art murals and more.

But no town of any significant recognition can be truly acknowledged without a major nod to those eateries we make our purposeful designation. This month, the obvious nod goes to Sam’s Cellar, located at 101 North Wood on the historic Neosho square.

To know the history of 101 North Wood is to know the story of Sam Wolfinbarger, who started the watering hole in 1941, faithfully serving Camp Crowder soldiers. The truth is, 101 North Wood has one consistent history: A long line of rich characters with one singular mission, to make the historic Neosho square a destination for good food, festive libations and memories to last a lifetime.

When all of the stories of the many rich characters who have steered 101 North Wood to its glory days, three additional names come to play. In 2006, John and Suzi Howsmon purchased and revived 101 North Wood, wisely making a nod to the history of Sam Wolfinbarger. A major remodel brought an amazing restaurant as had never been seen before in Neosho. An amazing focus on the offering of food made Sam’s Cellar the hottest spot in the region.

On January 1 of this year, Dusty Altman bought the restaurant from his mother, Suzi, and his late step-father John. Never has there been such an obvious focus to a transition of a family restaurant being more singularly focused on honoring an established legacy, all the while equally focused on building an even more successful future for its patrons and community.

Mandy and I did our very best to sample all the known favorites. Of course, we started with the candied bacon from the appetizer menu. Other restaurants may try to offer something similar, but they fall way short. The secret to Sam’s Cellar’s candied bacon is the wood fired oven. So much of what Sam’s Cellar is known for is the distinctive wood-fired taste of their pizzas, wings, subs, and craft burgers.

Sam’s is a full-service bar, offering a variety of beers and mixed drinks. Mandy and I took a sip of three amazing drinks, the Bloody Mary, Sam’s Side Show and the Cellar Punch. Sam’s Cellar also offers a wide variety of drinks for all ages.

Don’t forget Sam’s Cellar for amazing desserts. Limoncello and Mascarpone are big hits. Don’t forget their tiramisu, which is to die for. Stopping in for dessert and a great cup of coffee is a great way to meet with a client.

Dusty Altman is most excited about what November brings for patrons of Sam’s Cellar. More wood-fired offerings, lighter fare for those pursuing lighter fare and a focus on more offerings for children. For the first time in the history of his family’s ownership, a new rewards program is being rolled out.

The most obvious takeaway from the visit with Dusty Altman was how much his crew means to him. Every decision on how to please the customers first involves how to keep a team that shares the same enthusiasm. It must be working. To quote a customer by the name of Tim, “Sam’s is home.” I encourage you to find your new home away from home at 101 North Wood, at historic Sam’s Cellar on the beautiful Neosho square.

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is a semi-fine dining restaurant that caters to all your dining desires. Enjoy our dog-friendly patio and warm, inviting fireplaces. From our uniquely crafted cocktails, farm-fresh ingredients and Joplin’s best in-house bakery paired with our elegant, intimate atmosphere for small gatherings or a night out. Finn’s chefs are experts in their craft, with just the right touch to make your restaurant experience special. $$-$$$

Monday -Saturday: 11 am-9 pm Sunday:

Shawanoe Restaurant, located inside Indigo Sky Casino is serving delicious award-winning Chef creations daily. Bring your family and friends and enjoy delicious desserts, gourmet sandwiches, upscale salads, and a wonderful selection of pasta dishes. For the steak lover, mouth-watering steaks cooked to perfection. Featuring our 2.5 pound bone-in tomahawk ribeye with a variety of seafood and poultry. Everything to satisfy your appetite, plus your favorite beverage. Go to for additional information. Located inside Indigo Sky Casino, Hwy 60 West of Seneca, MO. $-$$$


beignets, pastries, biscuits and gravy, peppered bacon, eggs and parmesan fried potatoes and more! For lunch, enjoy your favorite appetizers, “out-of-this-world” salads, seasoned breads and your choice of dressing, soup du jour, sandwiches from burgers to apricot turkey and over 30 other choices! We offer a full service catering menu for private parties, business meetings and special events.

Hours: Tues-Thur 11 am-3 pm; Fri 11 am-10 pm; Sat and Sun 9 pm-2 pm. We are available for out-of-house and in-house events and catering 7 days a week.


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Sam’s Cellar Bar & Oven 101 N. Wood • Neosho, MO 417.451.3330

Sam’s Cellar offers a unique dining experience under the historic square in Neosho, MO. Enjoy gourmet wood-fired pizzas, burgers, wings, wraps, subs or a specialty salad. The full bar offers signature cocktails, draft beers and wine to wet your whistle. Come visit us at Sam’s Cellar for a dining experience you will never forget! $-$$

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 am-Close

is a cozy country restaurant with a magnificent view, delicious homestyle food and exceptional service. The culinary masterpieces from Owner and Executive Chef Alan Bone cannot be beat. You will love the New York strip steak with blue cheese cream sauce, the fried green beans, and you don’t want to miss Wednesday Night prime rib! Located on the site of the old Havenhurst Mill, built in 1868, this historical restaurant overlooks the dam on Little Sugar Creek.

Hours: Tues – Sat for Lunch, 11 am – 2 pm and Dinner, 5 pm–9 pm.

Bailey’s Family Dining

1200 Briarbrook Dr.


Bailey’s restaurant offers a variety of home-cooked meals that are sure to satisfy. Enjoy one of our many delicious burgers with hand-breaded onion rings or try a pulled pork chimichanga. On the weekend, join us for breakfast where everything is made from scratch. From sweet to savory, we offer specialty pancakes, omelets and all your breakfast favorites. $-$$

Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm; Saturday-Sunday 7 am-10 pm.

Undercliff Grill & Bar


Joplin, MO

Undercliff Grill & Bar is back in business! This historical restaurant has been brought back to life under new ownership, so come by to grab a bite to eat and see what’s new. Chow down on some good old-fashioned comfort food or grab a beer at the bar. Undercliff Grill & Bar is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, a date or a night out with friends and family. Follow Undercliff Grill & Bar on Facebook to learn more! $-$$.

Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 am-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-9 pm; Sunday, 9 am-3 pm.

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serving up all of your favorite recipes as before as well as their famous cheese dip. If you’re looking for the perfect Mexican cuisine including delicious tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and so much more, you must visit Casa Montez at their new location. Call ahead for your to-go order and conveniently pick up at the walk-up window.

Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-8 pm

26 Special Advertising Section Crabby’s Seafood Bar and Grill 815 W. 7th St. • Joplin, MO • 417.206.3474 Catering • Private Parties • Chef at Home Dine at Crabby’s for
yet approachable finedining
years! Make your reservations today! $$-$$$ Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm • Closed Sunday ShowMe Dining Guide Club 609 609 Main Street • Joplin, MO 417.623.6090 “Treat your appetite to a GOURMET DELIGHT served ‘Joplin style’.” Flavorful specialties
any occasion, featuring salads burgers and sandwiches. Delicious entrees – beef, chicken, pork, seafood and seven “pastabilities!” Offering
du jour, beer,
Kids menu available. $-$$$ Hours:
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4224 S. Main St. • Joplin, MO 417.624.2272 Casa Montez is back
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203 E. 4th • Downtown Joplin, MO 417.623.1004 • Casual

Hackett Hot Wings 520 S. Main • Joplin, MO 417.625.1333

“The only wings better are on an angel.” Offering 13 flavors of wings, plus salads, catfish, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, boneless wings and more! Call for catering and reservations. Now offering an additional dining area and sports room with 17 big-screen TVs and full bar featuring Coach Hackett’s Ultimate Bloody Mary. Check out the online store at (Smoke-free) $-$$

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 am-9 pm; Fri-Sun, 11 am-10 pm; Mon-Wed Lunch Specials, 11 am-2 pm; Mon-Wed Happy Hour, 3-6 pm.

Kascade Steakhouse

Kascade Steakhouse is Carthage’s newest spot for a delicious bite to eat. The chef is an expert in gourmet steaks, steakburgers, salmon and Italian food – his authentic alfredo is to die for. Come in on Fridays for the prime rib special. Under the same owners as Midway Café in Bartlesville, OK, where we are serving up the breakfast you have come to know and love. Dining room and lounge accommodates groups, events and weddings. $-$$

Open Tuesday-Saturday 4-9 pm.

Mis Arcos

1926 S. Garrison Ave.

Carthage, MO

For the delicious authentic Mexican food you crave, there’s no place like Mis Arcos. We offer great choices from our mouthwatering quesadillas to sizzling fajitas to massive burritos, there’s a reason we were voted Best of the Four States for Mexican food! Did we mention our 2 for $5 margaritas? Mis Arcos is home of great food, fun times and lots of laughs! $-$$

Hours: Mon-Wed, 11 am-9 pm; Fri, 11 am-9:30 pm; Sat/Sun 11 am- 9 pm

Taste of Italy

S. Chapel Road

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.” Taste of Italy serves up delectable, authentic Italian food with new specials almost daily. Owner and Head Chef Aleks Sula was born in Albania and raised in New York City, so he brings 20-plus years of experience in traditional Italian and Mediterranean cooking to his menu. You can expect made-from-scratch bread, sauces, pasta and more. $-$$

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-9 pm; Sunday, 11 am-3 pm

November 2022 • • 27 Special Advertising Section
• Carthage, MO 417.358.2000
988 S. Country Club Rd • Carthage, MO 417.553.7357 • Like us on Facebook!

ShowMe Dining Guide

These $ categories are based upon the

cost of a dinner entree excluding drinks, desserts, and/or gratuities.

NOTE: Some restaurant entree prices do not include a’la carte sides or salad.


1200 Briarbrook Drive. Bailey’s restaurant offers a variety of homecooked meals that are sure to satisfy. Enjoy one of our many delicious burgers with hand-breaded onion rings or try a pulled pork chimichanga. On the weekend, join us for breakfast where everything is made from scratch. From sweet to savory, we offer specialty pancakes, omelets and all your breakfast favorites. Open Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm; Saturday-Sunday 7 am-10 pm. 417.781.2944. Like us on Facebook! $-$$


510 S. Joplin Ave. Blackthorn Pizza & Pub is a welcoming and inclusive Irish pub in the heart of downtown Joplin. This hip spot is famous for its delicious food, huge beer selection on tap, the area’s best live music and unforgettable drag shows. Follow Blackthorn on Facebook for upcoming events. Open 7 days a week and now also open for lunch Thursday through Monday. 417.623.2485. Facebook: @ BlackthornPizza&Pub. $-$$$


4224 S. Main St. Casa Montez is back in business and ready to serve you! The team at Casa Montez is serving up all of your favorite recipes as before as well as their famous cheese dip. If you’re looking for the perfect Mexican cuisine including delicious tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and so much more, you must visit Casa Montez at their new location. Call ahead for your to-go order and conveniently pick up at the walkup window. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-8 pm. 417.624.2272. $-$$

CLUB 609, JOPLIN, MO 609 Main Street. “Treat your appetite to a GOURMET DELIGHT served ‘Joplin-style’.” Flavorful specialties for any occasion, featuring salads, burgers and sandwiches. Delicious entrees – beef, chicken, pork, seafood and seven “pastabilities!” Offering appetizers, homemade desserts, soup du jour, beer, wine and mixed drinks. Kids’ menu available. Kitchen open Monday-Friday, 11 am-10 pm, Saturday, 11 am-10:30 pm. Bar open later. 417.623.6090. $-$$$


1201 E. 32nd Street. Now serving Joplin’s best brunch! Homemade beignets, pastries, biscuits and gravy, peppered bacon, eggs and parmesan fried potatoes and more! For lunch, enjoy your favorite appetizers, “out-of-this-world” salads, seasoned breads and your choice of dressing, soup du jour, sandwiches from burgers to apricot turkey and over 30 other choices! We offer a full service catering menu for private parties, business meetings and special events. TuesdayThursday 11 am-3 pm; Friday 11 am-10 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9 pm-2 pm. We are available for out-of-house and in-house events and catering 7 days a week. 417.626.0032. $-$$


815 W. 7th St. Catering--Private Parties--Chef at Home. Dine at Crabby’s for a beautiful meal in an elegant, yet approachable fine-dining experience. Choose from a wide variety of fresh seafood, steak and chops. Enjoy libations from our full bar, including the best Scotch selection in town. Serving the four states for 10 years! Make your reservations today! Open Monday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm, Closed Sunday. 417.206.3474. $$-$$$

FINN’S, JOPLIN, MO 2707 E. 32nd Street. Finn’s is a semi-fine dining restaurant that caters to all your dining desires. Enjoy our dog-friendly patio and warm inviting fireplaces. From our uniquely-crafted cocktails, farm fresh ingredients and Joplin’s best in house bakery paired with our elegant, intimate atmosphere for small gatherings or a night out. Finn’s Chefs are experts in their craft, with just the right touch to make your restaurant experience special. Open Monday-Saturday, 11 am-9 pm, and Sunday: CLOSED. 417.624.3466 $$-$$$

GRANNY SHAFFER’S FAMILY RESTAURANT, JOPLIN, MO 2728 N. Range Line. Enjoy a great cup of freshly roasted coffee. Watch while we roast a blend! Homemade pies, cobblers, sweetbreads and rolls made from scratch daily. Serious breakfasts, salads, steaks, seafood, Mexican, pasta and Dixieland fried chicken or catfish. Ask about our banquet rooms and catering. “Good Old Fashioned Cooking.” Monday-Saturday 6 am-8:30 pm and Sunday 7 am-3 pm. 417.659.9393. $-$$


520 S. Main. “The only wings better are on an angel.” Offering 13 flavors of wings, plus salads, catfish, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, boneless wings and more! Call for catering and reservations. Now offering an additional dining area and sports room with 17 big-screen TVs and full bar featuring Coach Hackett’s Ultimate Bloody Mary. Check out the online store at (Smoke-free) Open Monday-Thursday, 11 am-9 pm; Friday-Sunday, 11 am-10 pm; Monday-Wednesday Lunch Specials, 11 am-2 pm; Monday-Wednesday Happy Hour, 3-6 pm. 417.625.1333. $-$$


408 Havenhurst Drive. Haven 55 is a cozy country restaurant with a magnificent view, delicious home-style food and exceptional service. The culinary masterpieces from Owner and Executive Chef Alan Bone cannot be beat. You will love the New York strip steak with blue cheese cream sauce, the fried green beans, and you don’t want to miss Wednesday Night prime rib! Located on the site of the old Havenhurst Mill, built in 1868, this historical restaurant overlooks the dam on Little Sugar Creek. Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch, 11 am-2 pm and dinner, 5 pm-9 pm. 417.223.2055 www.haven55. com $-$$$


105 S. Main St. Just A Taste Webb City has a plethora of incredible spaces for you to try out. Every time you come in, you can have a unique experience. Visit our tasting room, which features our own wine made in St. James, Missouri. Or, join us for dinner in our intimate restaurant or indoor courtyard, where we feature a farm-to-table menu. Or, stop in for a drink in our cozy cocktail bar featuring an inventive cocktail menu and hundreds of beer and spirits. Check Facebook for hours. 417.673.9463. $$-$$$

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988 S. Country Club Rd. Kascade Steakhouse is Carthage’s newest spot for a delicious bite to eat. The chef at Kascade Steakhouse is an expert in gourmet steaks, steakburgers, salmon and Italian food – his authentic alfredo is to die for. Come in on Fridays for the prime rib special. Under the same owners as Midway Café in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where we are serving up the breakfast you have come to know and love. Our dining room and lounge are accommodating to groups, events and weddings. Open Tuesday-Saturday 4-9 pm. 417.553.7357. Like us on Facebook! $-$$


2230 S. Range Line. You’ll be greeted by a massive menu filled with sandwiches, tasty wraps, Paninis, spuds, salads, soups and sweets. You’ll always have room for a brownie delight, lemon bar or fresh baked cookies. Everything is made exactly as you like it. Try a glass of McAlister’s famous Sweet Tea™! Gift cards, catering, to go orders. Sunday-Thursday 10:30 am-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 10:30 am-10:30 pm. WiFi enabled. 417.624.3354. $


1926 S. Garrison Ave. For the delicious authentic Mexican food you crave, there’s no place like Mis Arcos. Now offering a fresh and delicious lunch buffet for $7.99 from 11 am to 2 pm weekdays. Besides our wonderful lunch buffet, we also offer great choices on our menu. From our mouthwatering quesadillas to sizzling fajitas to massive burritos, there’s a reason we were voted Best of the Four States for Mexican food! Did we mention our 2 for $5 margaritas? Mis Arcos is home of great food, fun times and lots of laughs! Open Monday-Wednesday, 11 am-9 pm; Friday, 11 am9:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am- 9 pm 417.237.05470 $-$$


1306 S. Range Line. World-class service that sets the stage for a special dining experience featuring French, American, Greek and Italian cuisine. Choices include pasta, chicken, fresh seafood, and hand-cut aged Black Angus beef. Over 150 wine selections. Complete menu available at Serving lunch 11 am-4 pm, dinner 4 pm-close, Monday-Saturday. For catering or reservations, call 417.624.MYTH. $-$$$


203 E. 4th. Casual urban dining in historic downtown Joplin since 1995. Famous for fresh salads, smoked chicken dip, burgers, pasta, grilled fish and steaks. The menu has a wide variety of glutenfree, low-carb and keto-friendly items. Extensive craft beer menu and wines by the glass. Full-service catering for groups large and small. Consistently voted “Best Restaurant” and “Best Menu” by 417 Magazine and The Joplin Globe. Monday-Saturday, 11 am-9 pm. 417.623.1004. $-$$


1007 E. 32nd St. This is the quick-service version of the iconic Red Onion Café. The Espressoria is located in south Joplin on 1007 E. 32nd Street and is a fast-paced, modern, quick-service setting with comfortable indoor seating and al fresca dining outside. Enjoy many of the original Red Onion selections or try one of Espressoria’s own creations. We are open 11 am to 8 pm, Monday-Saturday. 417.781.4999. www. $-$$


101 N. Wood. Sam’s Cellar offers a unique dining experience in a historic building with a modern twist! Enjoy gourmet wood-fired pizzas or specialty salads, wraps and subs. The full bar offers signature cocktails and wine flights to wet your whistle. Have a special event coming up? Request to have your party at Sam’s Cellar. It’ll be a night your guests never forget!. Open Monday-Saturday, 11 am-1 am; Sunday, 11 am-12 am. 417.451.3330, $-$$


70220 East HWY. 60. Shawanoe Restaurant, located inside Indigo Sky Casino is serving delicious award-winning Chef creations daily. Bring your family and friends and enjoy delicious desserts, gourmet sandwiches, upscale salads, and a wonderful selection of pasta dishes. For the steak lover, mouth-watering steaks cooked to perfection. Featuring our 2.5 pound bone-in tomahawk ribeye with a variety of seafood and poultry. Everything to satisfy your appetite, plus your favorite beverage. Go to for additional information. Located inside Indigo Sky Casino, Hwy 60 West of Seneca, MO. 888.992.SKY1. $-$$$

TASTE OF ITALY, CARTHAGE, MO 4321 S. Chapel Road. “The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.” Taste of Italy serves up delectable, authentic Italian food with new specials almost daily. Owner and Head Chef Aleks Sula was born in Albania and raised in New York City, so he brings 20-plus years of experience in traditional Italian and Mediterranean cooking to his menu. You can expect made-from-scratch bread, sauces, pasta and more. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-9 pm; Sunday, 11 am-3 pm. 417.358.2000. $-$$

TRACKSIDE BURGERS, WEBB CITY, MO 615 N. East St., Ste. A. Trackside Burgers is a locally owned hamburger restaurant in Webb City offering freshly made items to order. Chef Mike and his staff offer the oldfashioned hamburgers everyone loves and so much more! From homemade sauces and seasoned fries to perfectly prepared chicken sandwiches and onion rings, Chef Mike’s love for food and his heart to serve people make Trackside Burgers the perfect place for lunch or dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am-8 pm. Call for information on catering for your next party or event! 417.717.116. $-$$


6835 Old Highway 71. Undercliff Grill & Bar is back in business! This historical restaurant has been brought back to life under new ownership, so come by to grab a bite to eat and see what’s new. Chow down on some good old-fashioned comfort food or grab a beer at the bar. Undercliff Grill & Bar is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, a date or a night out with friends and family. Follow Undercliff Grill & Bar on Facebook to learn more! Open Wednesday-Friday, 11 am-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-9 pm; Sunday, 9 am-3 pm. 417.629.2869 $-$$

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Show Me Showoffs!

Show Me The Ozarks Magazine often puts the spotlight on those in our community who own businesses, tend to the people in our community and contribute daily to the lives of others. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on kids. Kids in our community inspire us through the passions they pursue inside and outside the classroom. Many kids in our community reach out through their art, sports, music, brains and more. It is the joy and work they bring to the table that we cherish.

Israel Nunnelly

I srael Nunnelly is no stranger to a drum set. At just 4 years old, he began learning to play by watching his older brother, Howard. Is rael turns 15 this month and has stuck with drumming ever since age 4. Watching his brother play inspired him to begin lessons and work toward a fluency in drumming. While Israel does not have current plans to follow a career in drumming, he loves the art and gives the following advice to any new and upcoming drummer fanatics: “ stay focused and reach the goals you make.” Israel’s favorite genre or band to play currently is Foo Fighters.

In addition to drumming, his biggest aspiration is to become a body builder. Israel finds that working out is something that has been a strength builder that helps with his drumming. “Working out is also something that has been a big blessing in my life.”

Grayson Bruffett

Grayson Bruffett is 12 years old and resides in Joplin, Missouri. He is currently attending Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin where he has won the school’s geography and spelling bees two years straight. Grayson has earned National Honor Roll three times in his academic career at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and Honorable Mention once for the Noetic Math Competition. He has qualified for the Math League National Competition twice and is currently learning Chinese at school, which he enjoys greatly.

Outside of school and in addition to his academic success, Grayson loves Pokemon and playing the piano. He started piano lessons when he was only three or four years old. After starting lessons, Grayson’s parents and instructors realized he had perfect pitch at such a young age. Grayson regularly plays recitals through the Joplin Area Piano Teachers Association. He performs for the National Piano Federation and Piano Guild; both organizations are for piano players at any age, and performing for them is an accomplishment for a child Grayson’s age. Grayson has been invited to perform at the grand opening of the Cornell Complex in November. In addition to the classics, Grayson also enjoys composing his own music.

Olivia Teeter

Olivia Teeter is 16 and resides in Carl Junction, Missouri, where she is a sophomore at Carl Junction High School. Olivia participates in several after-school activities, including her love of golf, which she enjoys on Carl Junction High’s varsity golf team. She is also the president of the Coffee Club, an after-school club in which kids can share their poetry with each other. Outside of school, Olivia writes songs on her ukulele and guitar. She regularly performs at open mics in the area.

When she was just 10 years old, Olivia opened for Violet and the Undercurrents, a top-of-the-chart indie band based out of Columbia, Missouri. In that performance, Olivia and Violet featured a song she wrote that used her lyrics to strengthen women’s rights. They also had the chance to sing Brown Eyed Girl together on stage.

You can find Olivia at the local coffeehouse performing her latest songs in downtown Joplin, Missouri.


Alex Teeter

Alex Teeter resides in Carl Junction and attends Carl Junction High School with her sister Olivia. She plays golf on Carl Junction High School’s varsity team and attends several after-school programs. Alex shares her poetry with other students at Coffee Club and frequents other clubs at the school. She also sings in Dynamics choir at Carl Junction High School. Alex writes poetry and short stories, and has received awards for her writing, including a writing contest held by the Joplin Globe. At one of Joplin’s Art Walks, a program held by the city to recognize local artists, Alex read her poetry before introducing Mayor Ryan Stanley.

Ami Riechman-Bennett

Ami Riechman-Bennett is a 17-year-old senior at Joplin High School and is JHS’s student body president. As the head of STUCO, Ami often organizes her school dances and several community events, often around her volunteering, which she does through National Honors Society. Ami is a member of several after-school clubs and in-school choirs. She is the founder of JHS’s Philanthropic Society, a club in which students contribute to their school commu nity and wider outreach in the Four-State Area. She, along with students in the clubs, awarded a check for over $11,000 to Joplin’s FosterAdopt Connect. Ami is a contender for Questbridge Scholarship, a program for low-income students looking to attend Ivy League colleges all over the United States and has made honor roll several times while at JHS. Ami is also on the Constitution Team, a class in which students contest the Constitution at state and possibly national level in Washington, D.C. Ami sings and dances in both Touch of Class and Sound Dimension. Ami also gave Governor Mike Parson a tour of the high school campus this October, showcasing FTC’s career-readiness programs.

Elliot Patterson

Elliot Patterson is a 15-year-old with a passion for birds and their houses. Elliot first came to his father with a curiosity of birdhouses and the environments in which they are built.

“I’m so passionate about nature and different types of species of birds in the United States. So, one day I was talking to my dad and asked this question: ‘How can we take and make different types of birdhouses for different species?’

Dad replied, ‘Well, son, we need to look at the environment around each species of bird and their sizes to accommodate the right type of birdhouses for the specific bird.’”

Elliot enjoys creating houses for all different types of birds. He uses woods like barnwood, oak, cedar and walnut to construct these different houses. When asked about how to get started building birdhouses for your own backyard critters, Elliot had some pointers.

“Reach out to your local conservation in your area so you can build the right birdhouse for that specific bird. You can also reach out to me for any questions.”

November 2022 • • 31

Wish ListHoliday

The Vogue Boutique

144 S. Main • Carl Junction, MO

Just 10 minutes from downtown Joplin 417.649.7911

Insta: @thevogueboutiquecj

Facebook: thevogueboutiquecj

The Vogue Boutique has the best gifts for everyone on your holi day list! Stop by and let our friendly staff help you choose the perfect gift. We have the latest styles from Kendra Scott, Julie Vos, E-Newton, Hobo Handbags, Birkenstock, Ecco, Hunter Boots, Lucky Brand, Liverpool, Ivy Jane, Uncle Frank, Barefoot Dreams, Mudpie, Nora Fleming, Happy Everything, Mackenzie-Childs, Nest, Tyler and more! The Vogue Boutique is located at 144 South Main Street in downtown Carl Junction. Gift wrap and smiles are always FREE! Shop online anytime @

Ozark Nursery

5361 N. Main • Joplin, MO 417.623.0224 • Find us on Facebook

Set the scene this holiday season with a beautiful evergreen from Ozark Nursery. You will find a large selection of hard-to-find trees, including Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce and Blue Atlas Cedar. Your yard will be as pretty as a Christmas card with elegant spirals and festive pom-poms. Ozark Nursery is a full-service, locally owned nursery and garden center that has served the Four States for over 50 years.

Radiant Glo

1710 E. 32nd St., Ste. G1 • Joplin, MO 417.434.2963

Treat yourself this holiday season! Radiant Glo now offers semipermanent foundation that can last up to 9 months. In addition to the effortless glow semi-permanent foundation provides, you will also see discoloration improvement, and your fine lines and wrinkles will be smoother. There is no downtime, no needles and no upkeep. Radiant Glo also offers everything for your body sculpting and skincare needs, including chemical peels. Stop in and see what Radiant Glo can do for you this holiday season!

One 24 Boutique

13105 Kodiak Rd • Neosho, MO • 417.451.1144

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One24 Boutique is a unique mother/daughter-teamed store that specializes in the unique. Located in Neosho, this smalltown store has gifts, home decor, one-of-a-kind finds and FASH ION!! The new “One24 Rags” clothing line was custom designed by the two ladies! A portion of all proceeds is donated each month to the KU Bladder Cancer Department to fund a research scholarship.


Hatfield Smoked Meats

7329 Gateway Dr • Neosho, MO • 417.624.3765

When family and friends gather around the table this holiday season, you can count on your friends at Hatfield’s Smoked Meats to help you serve a delicious meal. Our holiday hams and turkeys are two of our many scrumptious specialties. Hatfield’s is a family owned and operated store specializing in fresh steaks, smoked meats, meat trays, snack sticks, beef jerky, summer sausage, meat for special occasions and more. Come in daily for one of our lunch sandwiches!

Show Me Stickers

Facebook: @Show Me Stickers 417.529.0848

Express yourself! Show Me Stickers offers custom, made-to-order stickers to promote your business, artwork, message or to express your personal style! We specialize in bulk sizes, and all stickers are weather-proof and laminated for color seal and protection. In other words, you can stick ‘em anywhere! Show Me Stickers is an advocate for local artists and small businesses, so we can’t wait to help you create custom stickers to promote your vision!

Blue Moon Boutique

613 S. Main Street • Joplin, MO • 417.553.0826

Facebook: @Blue Moon Boutique Joplin

You can’t go wrong gifting one of our super popular Kedzie sling bags! Combining casual and chic, these bags are perfect for any one on the go. At Blue Moon Boutique, you’ll always find unique clothing and accessories, quirky home decor and gifts, locally made artwork and more. If you love eclectic, boho style, shop Blue Moon Boutique … your modern shop with a vintage soul!

Extreme Sports Scuba

5203 S. Range Line Road • Joplin, MO 417.659.9009 •

Give a gift they’ll never forget: scuba lessons! Extreme Sports Scuba offers gift certificates for the open Water SCUBA Diver Course and a complete line of SCUBAPRO equipment. For all the water lovers in your life. Ask about excursions and dive trips! Learn more at, on our Facebook page or come by the store! We’re always happy to help!


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Wish ListHoliday


4 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO 417.717.0073

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Society Marketplace has everything you need in one place! From boutique clothes, home decor, children and men’s clothes, facials, nails, lashes – they literally have it all! They want to make life easier for YOU! Not only that, but they make sure to have everything for EVERYONE! Styles range from children to high school clothes, curvy girl, middle aged and even past that! Society Marketplace is exactly as the name says – a community of people!

Spencers' Sweet Call at the Minerva 12 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO 417.717.5183

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Let Spencers' Sweet Call at the Minerva help you prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! Located in the historic Minerva Candy Company building in downtown Webb City, this candy shop also serves up homemade pies including apple, coconut cream, pecan, pumpkin and more, plus scrumptious rolls and breads your family will love. Open Wednesday and Thursday, 1-5 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am-6 pm. Special orders by appointment, and curbside pickup is available.


Big R’s Pies • 417. 437.3135 was 23 years in the making. Owner Twyla Housh sold the barbecue portion of Big R’s last year, but she and her mother Carla kept the pie portion and set up a commercial pie kitchen. Whole pie pickups are at Big R’s, Red Onion Espressoria in Galena, Kansas, and Chatters in Pittsburg, Kansas. No charge for delivery within Joplin city limits.

Trackside Burgers

1515 West 10th Street • Joplin, MO • 417.717.1161

Trackside Burgers is a locally owned hamburger restaurant in Joplin offering freshly made items to order. Chef Mike and his staff offer the old-fashioned hamburgers everyone loves and so much more! From homemade sauces and seasoned fries to perfectly prepared chicken sandwiches and onion rings, Chef Mike’s love for food and his heart to serve people make Trackside Burgers the perfect place for lunch or dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am-8 pm. Call for information on catering for your next party or event!


Wig’N Out Boutique

20 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO 417.717.5099 •

Stay cozy and comfy this fall in styles from Wig’n Out Boutique! How adorable is this quilted jacket and vintage-inspired tee? At Wig’n Out, you’ll always find stylish clothing plus a wide variety of wigs, extensions and hair pieces. The experienced stylists at the Wig’N Out Salon will help you complete your look … because “we’ve got you covered from head to toe!”

Notable Outdoor Living

4600 US HWY 59 N • Grove, OK • 918. 810.2175

We are Tim and Ann Bailey, and we are excited to be the new owners of Notable Outdoor Living. We invite you to stop by the store in Grove and check out our new Berlin Gardens product line, as well as other exciting additions, including the Iron Embers Outdoor Fireplace. We are also your area Big Green Egg dealer. We are open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm.

Big Dog Boutique

319 S. Main • Carthage, MO • 417.359.6740

• Find us on Facebook!

Dogs everywhere agree the best Christmas gifts come from Big Dog Boutique! Located on the historic Carthage square, Big Dog Boutique is a unique, vintage-style dog boutique offering goods for dogs of all sizes. Teacup to giant breeds and everyone in between will find what they need from the largest selection of American-made collars and leashes, toys, treats, CBD and health care items. Visit the new Paw Spa Bathhouse for dogs located right next door. The Paw Spa has a groomer, self-serve wash stations and wash services! Check out our Facebook pages at @BigDogBoutique and @PawSpaBathhouse to see what’s happening!

Zena Suri Alpacas

35401 S. 580 Road • Jay, OK • 804.389.2579

Alpacas love cool weather—pumpkins, colored leaves, visits from friends and family, special things to eat, time for comfort and cozi ness. Prospector says everyone should come to Zena Suri Alpacas and feel his soft, luxurious fiber. Buy something snuggly at the store. It’s so soft and warm. Call 804.389.2579 and arrange your special visit. We are near Grand Lake, Oklahoma.


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Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas

Ilook forward to fall and love to celebrate it as long as possible. I can decorate at the first of October and leave it up through Thanksgiving. With some minor tweaks, you can decorate any table for a fall dinner and add a few extra things and you have the perfect Thanksgiving table. When it comes to decorating your table, you can go simple or elaborate. And extend your decorating to the side table for a beautiful dessert table, too.

36 Good Living DécorSMTO

First, pick a theme. This theme is all about the white pumpkins and featuring them down the entire length of the table. You want people to be able to see around the table decorations, so keep the pumpkins in the middle low enough people can see over them, and even though this table has tall candlesticks, they are clear and easy to see around. There is a balance to decorating with a large

display down the entire length of the table, and this one is perfect. The white pumpkins are complemented with green foliage, light whitewashed teal pumpkins, pinecones and small candle votives. White dishes and clear glasses with simple napkins make this feel semi-formal. You could do something similar on the side table where the desserts or drinks are served to tie the whole look together.

This table theme focuses on simple decorating with objects you can find easily. Small, classic orange pumpkins and fresh apples with lots of fall leaves line the center of the table. It is highlighted with battery-operated fairy lights weaved in and out of the display. This is perfect for when you don’t want candles around children at the table. This is also perfect if you have several small table groupings instead of one long table. The dishes are white and neutral, but you could add colorful dishes and napkins to make this table very bright and colorful. This decorating theme is classic and simple to do.

What could be more fun than an outdoor Thanksgiving picnic theme?

Decorate your table with simple things. A small vase of flowers, votives with candles and for more ambiance, hang lanterns with votives in the trees overhead. The addition of baskets on the ground filled with flowers and lights makes this table feel very romantic. Add your delicious food down the center of the table as the centerpiece. Dress the table with clear glasses, simple plates and napkins and you have a perfect Thanksgiving picnic table.

If your family is large and you have found it hard to host them all in one house, this might be a wonderful way to have a large family together, by having them get together outdoors for a picnic. This is also an exciting time to cook your turkey outdoors on the grill or try frying it in a large fryer. Have each family bring a different dish to share with everyone. You have room to spread out and play games and let the kids run around, and nature will supply some great background for some family pictures.

You can also add a more dramatic and darker and moody theme to your outdoor table. Add deep, dark colors such as burgundy and dark greens to the centerpiece flowers and the tablecloths. Accent those dark colors with pops of white in the candles, cloth napkins and dishes so the dark colors really stand out and create a very elegant and moody feel to your outdoor table.

Whether you want light and bright or dark and moody colors, inside or outside, simple or elegant, just pick a theme and make sure to have the perfect décor for your perfect Thanksgiving table this year.

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This perfect fall outfit is modeled by One24’s own Katlynn Bishop. She has paired a graphic tee with a turquoise and pink flannel, both by One24 Rags.

Her distressed skinny jeans are by Risen. Katlynn has completed her outfit with hot pink Vintage Havana sneakers.

Find all of this and more at One24 Boutique in Neosho! And, be sure to follow them on TikTok @ One24Boutique

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One24 Boutique is owned by a mother/ daughter team and offers an eclectic mix of clothing for women and children, shoes, handbags, gifts, accessories and home decor. A portion of all proceeds go to KU Medical Bladder Cancer in honor of Karla, one of the owners, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer January 24, 2013 (One24).


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Neosho: a historic Southwest Missouri town filled with lots of beautiful scenery, places to shop and enticing eateries. Nestled in the downtown community of the Flower Box City is Big Spring Park, Neosho National Fish Hatchery and, of course, the world’s largest flower box. Around the springs and throughout the town, you’ll find local shops, restaurants, the Neosho Wildcats and wonderful neighbors who help make Neosho a great place to live, work and play. They are proud to call it home. We welcome you to continue reading more about Neosho in the following pages to learn more about the incredible businesses and their owners, exciting changes coming to town and inspiring individuals making a difference.



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Change Is in the Air

If you’ve driven down Neosho Boulevard in Neosho, Missouri, you can’t help but see the changes taking place in the Neosho School District with the construction of the perform ing arts center at the high school. Superinten dent Jim Cummins explained the building is scheduled to be completed in April 2023.

“The lower part of the building you see on the north end will be the new band room,” said Cummins. “The auditorium will be renovated into a new choir practice room. The current band and choir rooms will be converted to theater class and two locker rooms for physical educa tion. The current locker rooms under the gym will be renovated. Those have remained the same since the building was built over 60 years ago.”

The project will complete the renovations approved by voters in 2020 and will create space for learning in the 21st century. Other great things are also happening in the Neosho R-5 School District.

“Our graduation rate has risen over 10% in the last three years,” said Cummins. “Teachers and administrators at the high school have done a tremendous amount of work to help more students graduate. Part of the success has come from their efforts to connect with all of the students. In the last two years, we’ve implemented a freshman mentoring program where upperclassmen connect with our freshmen and help create a sense of belonging. They help the freshmen find school activities to be a part of. Not only are we encouraging good

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academic work, but we want students to have healthy social-emotional growth and engage with school.

“Our New Caps program helps students explore career paths in the areas of education, health care and business/entrepreneurship. It explores a variety of career paths within each field. We’ve also added Advanced Placement classes for those who are pursuing college. “All of these efforts have helped increase our graduation rate, and we are working toward reaching a higher, greater graduation rate,” said Cummins.

In 2023, the new STEAM-centered (Science, Technology, Engineer ing, Arts and Math) school for students K-4 will open. The school will be self-contained and will operate as a lab for the STEAM program, which implements hands-on, authentic instruction using projectbased learning. Students will apply for admission and will be chosen by lottery that reflects the demographics of the district.

Cummins said the district achieved the highest growth of any iReady school in the state of Missouri in 2021. “iReady is an Apple assessment program we use as an interim assessment and evaluation tool. It lets teachers and students know where deficiencies are in learning so those can be addressed. Teachers can teach to each student’s need with more intentionality, and students can see their own progress.”

This year holds a new opportunity for Cummins personally. “One

of the things I’ve wanted to do was coach with my daughter,” said Cummins. “The school board has allowed me to coach softball with her this year. Being around student-athletes again and the joy of competition has rejuvenated me. It’s been a pleasant fall after two years of constant uncertainty caused by COVID. Coaching with my daughter and getting in touch with students again has been a great experience. It makes for some long days, but I’m privileged to work as superintendent and as a coach.”

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Artist for All Muralist

Sandra Dawn Pemberton, owner of Sandra Dawn Fine Art, loves travel, large-scale painting and creating artwork for all to enjoy.

It is only natural she has become one of the Four States’ most prolific muralists.

“It’s what I’m meant to do. It’s a great fit for both my lifestyle and style of work,” Sandra said. “I also love murals because of how they connect with the community, with people passing by. Some people don’t feel comfortable walking into a gallery or museum, but when it’s there on the side of a building, it’s there for all to enjoy. They don’t have to feel uncomfortable in the space or feel obligated to buy anything. It’s public art.”

Sandra is based out of Neosho, Missouri, and has painted nine murals there in the last several months. Many more of her recent murals have been done out of town. Her work has taken her to Stella, Granby, Springfield and as far away as Oklahoma City, to name a few.

Many of her murals capture the essence of a community and its history. Sometimes she even weaves in history as it happens before her eyes.

“On the Morris Park project in Neosho, I knew there would be people playing disc golf in the mural, and I knew what pose I wanted.

Sandra Dawn Pemberton loves storytelling through public art

I took photos of people on the disc golf course while I was working, and now they are featured in the mural. Now they feel more connected to the park and to the community as a whole.”

Sandra started muraling in 2003 and has been largely self-taught. One thing that makes her unique is she doesn’t project the image but rather freehands. While she has found her calling as a muralist, it wasn’t until about 2.5 years ago when she had a shoulder replacement that she was able to start doing large-scale work full time.

“Due to physical restrictions, I was only able to do murals sporadically. While I was recovering from my shoulder replacement, I was asked to paint a mural on panels in my studio. Since then, there hasn’t been a gap in my schedule!”

Sandra has been creative all her life. Both of her parents were creative and worked with their hands. In high school, she sold her first painting and was hooked. She has been making a living full-time as an artist since the age of 20.

“For the last 17 years, I’ve been hustling 100%,” she said with a laugh. “It’s not always peaches and cream, but it’s what I’m meant to do. I’m blessed that I get to do what I love and make art that connects with the community.”

If you’re interested in commissioning Sandra for a mural, painting or drawing, you can reach her at or send her a private message on Facebook @SandraDawnFineArt.

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Neosho Junior Riley Kemna Honored with Academic Achievement Award

Neosho High School junior Riley Kemna understands the importance of a good education and striving to do as well as possible in advance of pursuing her studies collegiately, while figuring out what career path she’d like to take.

Kemna was recently honored with a Rural and Small Town Recognition Program Award, and she shared, “I received it because of high achievement on my PSAT and AP (Advanced Placement) tests last year.

“It was awarded in early September. I’m not exactly sure of the qualifications, but there were 62,000 students in the nation to receive awards for this or being part of a minority group.”

As for Kemna’s hard work that helped her achieve this impressive honor, she said, “Knowing it was for high achievement on my PSAT and AP was very rewarding because it recognized the effort I put into each of my AP classes to prepare for the test, as well as my preparation for the PSAT.

“As an example, one of my AP classes was AP U.S. Government and Politics. Knowing the exam was approaching at the end of the year (as a sophomore), I watched review videos on the College Board website and made flashcards for things like the founding documents. These study strategies helped a lot when taking my exam.”

As far as the value of doing well in school, Kemna said, “There are a wide range of reasons. Beyond graduating, doing well overall is important because it prepares you for your next step in life.

“No matter what you do after high school, having a good foundation is beneficial.

Age: 16

“For college, you will be more prepared, helping you to earn a degree, get into a good career path and have a profession that makes you happy. For life, you will know about the world around you which, in my opinion, allows you to enjoy things more.”

Of course, continuing onward collegiately isn’t for every high school graduate. Nonetheless, Kemna said during high school “there are classes and skills learned that can apply to paths other than college. Aside from this, there are also good character traits, such as respect or responsibility, that are learned when you constantly put in your best effort. A strong work ethic can also go a long way.”

Regardless of how other students approach their high school studies, Kemna said, “To me, it feels rewarding to do well in school because I recognize the implications it has in my future.

“While I might not always be eager to finish an essay or do math homework, I motivate myself with my long-term goals and how doing these little things will help to get me there.”

Kemna might not know for certain where she’s headed after graduating with the Neosho class of 2023-24, it seems likely she’ll be bound for a higher education learning institution and ready to keep soaking up more and more knowledge on her way to obtaining a degree.

Neosho Honor Student Riley Kemna Fast Facts

School: Junior at Neosho High School

Parents: Paul and Terri Kemna

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Food: Avocado Toast

Current Cumulative GPA: 4.556

College Field/Degree Plans: Undecided, but an interest in neurology Mentor with Studies: Riley says, “All of my teachers have helped me along the way, so I can’t choose just one.”

Academic Achievements: Competed in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, earning notoriety as the Top Regular Debater. State qualifier in Future Business Leaders of America. Student Council member every year in high school and currently serves as junior class president. Also involved in Key Club, Environ mental Club and participated in the Freshman Mentorship Program.

Sports Successes: Academic All-State accolades in cross country and track as a freshman and sophomore. Earned Rookie of the Year in cross country and track her freshman year. Received Runner of the Year in cross country and High Points Award in track as a sophomore. As a freshman and sophomore, was a state qualifier in cross country and a sectional qualifier both years in track, while being named to All-Area and All-Conference teams.

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KNEO 91.7 FM Ra dio Station Maintains

Strong Commitment to Community

Over its entire 36 years in business, KNEO 91.7 FM Radio Station in Neosho, Missouri, has evolved with the everchanging times, but one constant every step along this path is ownership has always been local, while the original overall formula has consistently stayed true to how it all started.

Mark Taylor, president of Sky High Broadcasting and general manager of KNEO Radio, says, “Our format has varied in music and programming, but it’s always remained in a Christian radio format.”

There’s a broad selection of content, both locally and nationally, for listeners. “We offer local programming to churches or of other local interest, as well as national programs like Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Financial Issues and a variety of others have always been on the air.

“We have some programs like Adventures in Odyssey for the younger at heart. We air local pastors’ teachings and sermons, plus health shows, features of local events and school programs/sports (for area high schools).”

Along with emphasis on Christian-focused shows and information, there’s wide-ranging support of many other activities throughout Neosho, as well as surrounding locations. “We do a lot of audio/video streaming for many area events in addition to broadcasting high school graduations, area Christmas parades, local high school sports and some broadcasting for Crowder College.

“Other local programs we offer include a local doctor with a daily health tip, a heating and air minute with an HVAC professional, a farm report from the K-State Radio Network, plus several more programs that aren’t offered on any other radio stations.”

That’s not all. “During the school year, we broadcast high school athletic games for Webb City, Seneca, Neosho and McDonald County on a weekly basis and help out other local schools as much as we can.”

Interestingly and unfortunately, perhaps, such a localized flavor in broadcasting is not nearly so common anymore, and Taylor says, “Locally owned radio stations are becoming rarer.

“Usually, a group owns several, and sometimes the actual owners are far away in another state. Localism becomes less a part of their broadcasting to any real great extent. We believe localism can play a key role in strengthening communities and keeping everyone connected.”

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History: “Started (1986) by the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Neosho, Missouri, where I started as a volunteer in 1988,” remembers Mark Taylor, who currently serves as KNEO Radio general manager and president of the corporation that owns it. “In 2000, we started Sky High Broadcasting and bought the church’s interest in the station. A board of local citizens sits as the governing body today.”

About Us: Operates in the NeoshoJoplin area of Southwest Missouri on the 91.7 FM signal. It is KNEO’s duty to provide you with the programming you need to be an informed Christian.

Signal: 14,000 watts and covers a 65-mile radius in the Four-State Area, which covers a population of several hundred thousand people.

Location: 10827 Highway 86 East, Neosho

Contact Us: Phone 417.451.KNEO (5636). Email us at

Technology Improvements: “We’ve done four power upgrades over the years and seven building expansions,” Taylor explains. “Now we face our biggest and most costly project ever with putting up a specially built 340-foot free standing tower next to our old one, which needs to be replaced due to decades of wear and tear. We’re also replacing our antenna, transmission line and getting all new essential hookups for the tower.”

More than ever, Taylor is convinced that “keep ing things local helps when you need to rely on the help of your listeners as we do now. But our overall success has been because we operate by God’s blessings. He’s the real owner, and our focus must always be on His interest and what God wants for our communities.”

Since he has been with this station virtually from the get-go, Taylor is thrilled to be so heavily involved after more than three decades.

“I’m very glad to see how God has provided through His people and made KNEO, which started at 380 watts 36 years ago, one of the top 10 most-powerful FM stations in the market today.

“Recently, KNEO won two first place awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for our community involvement. Not only that, thousands of people have been impacted over the past three decades by the ministry of KNEO. We are excited for what the future holds.”

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Fausett Greenhouses, Inc. 898 Baxter Rd. 417.451.5369

Fausett Greenhouses is family-owned and operated from the same location since 1972 by Larry and Pat Fausett. Our 35,000-square-foot operation is now run by second-generation grower Garry Fausett. Fausett Greenhouses have been provid ing florist-quality potted and high-quality bedding plants to individuals, retail florist and garden centers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Let our family and staff help you with all your plant needs.

Westcobb Alliance 1010 W. Harmony St. • Office 417.451.4155/Direct 417.592.3245

The WestCobb Alliance is dedicated to offering superior real estate services for all clients and customers based on a high standard of ethics and Christian values. The team serves clients with the goal of making their lives better. Home ownership is part of the American dream, and the WestCobb Alliance helps clients achieve just that. WestCobb Alliance consists of Mike West, Becky Cobb, Amanda Hurn, Melissa Miller, Gavin Edwards, Candice Register, Lisa Schade, Stacey Thacker, Seth Hoover, Dee Eramo and Shana Griffin. The team prides themselves on the level of service they provide to their clients and looks forward to another great year in real estate. Caption for photo - Lisa Schade, Seth Hoover, Amanda Hurn, Gavin Edwards, Melissa Miller, Candice Register, Mike West, Stacey Thacker, Becky Cobb, Dee Eramo, Shana Griffin

Branco Enterprises Inc. 12033 E. Hwy. 86 • 417.451.5250

For nearly a decade, Branco has been a leading provider of commercial building services in the Four-State Region. Built on integrity and quality craftsmanship, our team takes pride in our work. Branco proudly supports our local communities and strives to be a true building partner in everything we do. Learn more at

Newton County Abstract and Title Company 107 W. Main Street • 417.451.3127

The Newton County Title Company is the oldest family-owned businesses in Newton County. Founded in 1896, it has a long history of providing quality and efficient title service to Newton County landowners and continues to maintain the same high standards of courtesy, professionalism and accuracy that has been a trademark of the company for over 100 years.


Henley Place: A Senior Residence by Americare 1105 Village Rd.• Neosho, MO 417.312.9285 •

New name, same quality care that has served Neosho area for 27 years. Henley Place (formerly Springhill Assisted Living) offers spacious residential living, innovative programs and services that welcome, engage and encourage independence. Offering personcentered care that is affordable. Experience matters. Come join us.

Ozark Business Systems, Inc. 122 E. Spring St. • 417.451.4440

For over 28 years, Ozark Business Systems has provided superior service and support--day after day, month after month and year after year. We are an authorized Sharp and Samsung multi-function copier and printer dealer. Responsive and knowledgeable—Ozark Business Systems is the right choice, because experience matters!

Family Dentistry of Neosho

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Family Dentistry of Neosho considers every patient a member of the FDN family! We combine the expertise of Dr. Jon Reagan and Dr. Anna Nine with a whole-body and whole-person approach to care. Building a trusting relationship opens the door to a deeper understanding of your oral health, overall health as well as your unique personal goals. We blend these together into the perfect treatment plan for a truly personalized and transformational smile. Modern technology and a skilled team make it possible to offer most services in-house. We have served four generations of area residents. We look forward to having you join us!

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A Glimpse Inside Henri Coeme’s Fascinating Running Career

In our neck of the woods, Henri Coeme may best be known as the president of the board of directors of the Joplin Roadrunners. There’s also a good chance you have seen Henri pounding the pavement with his “trainer and running partner,” an Australian Shepherd named Miles.

“Miles makes sure I never stay home, no matter the weather: rain, sleet, sweltering hot or bone-chilling cold,” Henri said with a laugh. “He is always ready to push me out of the door and run with me.”

Henri and Miles have been fixtures in the local running scene for years. What you may not know is Henri’s fascinating background as a runner. Born in 1953 in Belgium, Henri’s first experiences as a runner were unusual, though perhaps less unusual in the 1950s.

“My running career started because both my parents were chain smokers. Each time they needed a pack of cigarettes, they sent me, their 6-year-old son, to the bookshop about a quarter mile away to buy cigarettes. They told me to hurry, so I ran five times a day as hard as I could to the bookshop for another pack of smokes. Great wonder I never took up smoking!”

When he got older, his high school didn’t have a track team, but they did have one hour of gym each week. One day, the gym teacher told the class to run one mile in the park, and he discovered he was one of the slowest in the class.

“I was 15 and, without telling any of my friends, I joined the local running club. A few months later, the gym teacher asked us to run around the city block, about a two-mile run. When I arrived all by myself a few minutes later, I was punished for cheating. Boy, you really can’t win! The next week, he asked us to run around the courtyard so he could keep an eye on me. After that run, I was never punished again.”

In college, Henri continued to create his own opportunities.

“There was no running club at our university. With a few friends, we came to run from one university town in Belgium to the next, about a 50K distance,” he said. “Six of us took off on a rainy September evening after a long, cold train ride to the starting line. All of us got lost along the way; we also lost one another in the labyrinth of city streets. When I finally got to the finish line past midnight … I had missed the last bus home and had to run the extra six miles to my student room.”

This is just the beginning of Henri’s tales as a runner. For many years, his work took him all over the world, and he participated in races in London, Brussels, New York and Sri Lanka, to name a few.

“One weekend I ended up in New York for an assignment and found out it was the weekend of the New York City Marathon. I worked my

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way into the packet pickup hall and told the registration table that I had come all the way from Belgium to run this race and asked why they couldn’t find my bib registration.

Half an hour later, I had a bib. The next day, I ran New York; my first official marathon, completely unprepared and unregistered.”

On another occasion, Henri found himself in Sri Lanka on an assignment and signed up for a local marathon.

“I was prepared for the 90-plus tropical temperature and high humidity, but I was not prepared to run during what now had turned into a local civil war. There was no starting official, so the race organizers found a soldier who was willing to fire a live round right over our heads!”

Henri’s work eventually brought him, his wife Christina, and his children, Sally and Sebastian, to Southwest Missouri. He quickly got involved in local running groups and went on to set about 40 Missouri age records in almost all distances between the mile and the 100K. He has won in his age group in nearly all of the 300-plus races he has participated in the last 10 years.

Henri joined the Joplin Roadrunners board of directors four years ago and has served as president for the last two. He has played a pivotal role in bringing runners back into the fold following the pandemic and organizing and co-organizing events such as the Pumpkin Run, Run With the Wind, Frosty Trail 5K Run, Maple Tree 1-2-3, Kids Classic, and Neosho Dogwood Run.

Henri shows no sign of slowing down. He will compete in the Boston Marathon next April and will proudly represent Southwest Missouri in the 70-plus category.

“I have two remaining running ambitions,” Henri said. “Increasing the range and membership of the Joplin Roadrunners and charities it supports, and to run as long as I live.”

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“I have two remaining running ambitions: Increasing the range and membership of the Joplin Roadrunners and charities it supports, and to run as long as I live.”
– Henri Coeme

Our Greatest Volunteers

“I want to help others and see them succeed,” says Penn. “Hopefully, others see many of us volunteering and getting involved and will want to do the same. Vol unteering came naturally to me, but I know that is not true for everyone.

“I came to Neosho in 1989 and joined the Newcomer’s Club and really enjoyed it and those women. Then, my kids were in school, and I got involved with PTO. At the time, I was working in real estate, and that got me involved with organizations in the community.

A Life of Volunteerism Janet Penn

Volunteering is part of Janet Penn’s life. Currently, she works as assistant vice-president at SMB serving as the real estate appraisal manager for all 11 bank branches. With a busy work schedule, a family and a 5-acre yard to mow, Penn still makes time to be a part of many philanthropic organizations in Neosho.

“My mom ran Project Linus, which provides blankets for teens and children go ing through a crisis. When she could no longer do that, I thought the work they did was so necessary I volunteered to help with the reporting while the ladies made the blankets. You find something you can do for an organization.”

Penn sees opportunities for the work of groups she’s involved with to overlap and enrich the lives of people in the community.

“I work with Bright Futures at the Jefferson Street Campus, which is an alternative education site for students who just aren’t thriving in the regular school setting. One thing we found was that these students needed a place to wash and dry their clothes. So, Bright Futures got the washer and dryer and had it installed. But, they also needed detergent and dryer sheets. I asked Newcomers Club if they would make that one of their projects, and they collect detergent and dryer sheets for the students.

“Without volunteers, things wouldn’t happen,” says Penn. “It frightens me to think of the things that would drastically change without volunteers throughout the community. We have to keep volunteering alive to keep things rolling.”

In addition to Project Linus, Bright Futures and Newcomers Club, Penn also serves with Habitat for Humanity, the Exchange Club, City of Neosho Events Committee, Neosho Arts Council, and Neosho Senior Center.

Penn says it’s just a matter of priority planning to keep up with her busy schedule. “I use a day planner; if I lose that, life will stop!” she half-jokes. “I break big tasks into smaller, measurable parts. For example, this last weekend at the Neosho Fall Festival, I started by setting up the sidewalk chalk art for the Neosho Arts Coun cil, then I went to the performers that I had arranged for and got them paid, then on to the artists alley, then I worked with the Exchange Club, and finally helped serve food for the 1972 class reunion. I set a lot of alarms on my phone to make it work!

“On most projects, everyone plays a part, and we depend on each other to keep the entire project running. Everyone knows their job and owns it.

“I’ve also had the support of JR, my husband of 44 years. Without his backing, all of this would not be possible, and he often helps with projects, too.

“I still find time to sit and watch tv, but I usually am knitting or sewing when I do, or I’m planning a project. I have some volunteer project at least once a week. It’s important to me, and it keeps our community vital.”

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“I want to help others and see them succeed.”
– Janet Penn

A First-Class Volunteer!

Earline Kelley

Earline Kelley first began working in the medical field as an assistant in an OB/ GYN clinic in California in 1970. Through the years, her career took her to Kansas City, where she worked as a rheumatology assistant and with scheduling for a clinic. Additionally, she worked at KU Medical Center Anesthesiology Department - Pain Clinic.

When Kelley retired and found herself living in Joplin, she knew volunteering was in her future.

“When we moved here, I thought, ‘Oh dear, I’d better find something to do!’ I’m not someone who can sit around and do nothing,” quipped 86-year-old Kelley. “I enjoy helping others where I can and working as a volunteer at Freeman is amazing!”

Kelley found it rewarding to volunteer at the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. She also has worked at the Surgery desk and at the ICU desk at Freeman.

“COVID changed things for volunteers,” said Kelley. “We had to back off for a time. Most of us volunteers are retired people, so it was mandatory that we stay away for a while. We aren’t spring chickens, you know!”

Be that as it may, nothing can stop Kelley from giving her time to others. She recently had an eye transplant involving three surgeries and is still recovering, but she hopes to be back at the volunteer desks soon.

Kelley and her husband volunteer on Mondays at the Surgery desk where she checks patients in and her husband sets patients up with a pager. For this couple, volunteering together is most rewarding.

“You know volunteers help not only the patients but the hospital staff,” said Kelley. “I hear all kinds of stories, both happy and tragic, and I find that being a good listener is an important part of the job. I have a feeling in my heart for helping people, and I’ll keep going as long as I can.”

In addition to volunteering at Freeman, Kelley has served as Freeman Auxiliary president; the district six secretary, vice president and president of the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries serving 84 hospitals; and served on the National Committee for Volunteers. She was appointed to the American Hospital Association in 2014.

Over the years, Kelley has been recognized for her years of service. In 2008, Kelley was the State of Missouri Volunteer of the Year. She was Freeman Health System’s Volunteer of the Year in 2007. Kelley received

“I enjoy helping others where I can . . . ”

– Earline Kelley

Freeman recognition for Outstanding Support to Autism Center Char itable Gifts of $15,000. In January 2013, she was awarded Community Standout-Outstanding Community Service by The Joplin Globe.

“I never thought I’d be this kind of volunteer,” said Kelley. “When I go to state meetings, I hear from hospitals all over that the need for volunteers is great. Everyone is always looking for volunteers; there are never enough. I find volunteering at Freeman a wonderful experience. I’m looking forward to more years of volunteering!”

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Hometown Hero Improves the Community Through Volunteering Efforts

M aking our community a better place to live – that’s what Joshua Shackles strives for every day. Joshua spends his free time helping many organizations. He doesn’t help with just a few here and there, Joshua volunteers his time at over 10 organizations throughout our communities.

“I spend most of my time being an advocate for quality healthcare, the homeless and other underprivileged populations,” said Joshua.

Joshua’s experience as a community volunteer started when he saw a need in the community for more opportunities for people to come together for special events, concerts and festivals. “I helped organizations like Downtown Joplin Alliance and the Murphysburg Historic Society plan special events like Third Thursday and Dickensfest,” said Joshua.

Joshua also serves as a member of the board of directors for Access Family Care and loves doing his part to promote quality health care in Southwest Missouri. “Access to healthcare is very important to me, and I enjoy being a part of such a great organization,” said Joshua.

Last month, Joshua received the Missouri Primary Care Associations Hometown Hero award. The Hometown Hero award recognized outstanding individuals who have been actively involved with a community health center and have shown dedication to the community health center movement. “I am so excited to have received this reward,” said Joshua. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this group of individuals.”

Joshua focuses quite a bit of his time and attention on the area’s unhoused community through his volunteer service with the Homeless Coalition and Next Step Joplin, working to bring new grant money to the area for these organizations.

Joshua’s motivation for volunteering is simple. He tries to be a positive influence to those around him and make the lives better for everyone in our area. He typically will stay with an organization for as long as the community needs the services they provide or as long as they need his help to achieve their goals.

Joshua is certainly not alone in his mission to volunteer and recruits family members as needed. “My mother spends quite a bit of time volunteering to provide clothing for those in need and is a wonderful role model,” he said.

Some of the other ways Joshua volunteers is by serving on the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board and several other political and religious organizations throughout the area.

There is no doubt Joshua is one of our community’s greatest volunteers.


Scientific Volunteers

When two people form a bond over a similar passion, nothing can stop what’s to come. And that is exactly what happened between Kara Arnce and Lori Good. Lori and Kara are passionate about science centers and have traveled extensively all over the United States to view science centers.

So, when an opportunity arose for them to join the Creative Learning Alliance in 2016, it’s no surprise they jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the organization.

Kara’s passion for volunteerism started during high school. “I was involved in several organizations that did volunteer work,” she said. “I learned that I enjoy helping people and have been volunteering for different organizations and people ever since.”

Lori taught for 32 years and absolutely loved working with young people. That fueled her passion to start volunteering. “I was the teacher who volunteered to sponsor all kinds of activities, including Destination Imagination, History Day, Future Problem Solvers, musicals, melodramas, academic bowls and a myriad of other activities,” she said. “I also have taught Sunday school and worked in vacation bible schools. One of the most exciting things about retiring from teaching was knowing I would have more of an opportunity to volunteer!”

Although there are many opportunities to volunteer for Creative Learning Alliance, both Kara and Lori wanted to be part of the group that reached out to the community to get them as excited about science centers as they were. “We started building small traveling exhibits and went to various places, including the Joplin Public Library and Webb City Farmers Market,” said Lori. “We created individual activity bags to give out during our outreach, so kids had something to take home and build to get them excited about science. During this time, we built our first permanent exhibit. It was a life-size model of the toy where when you stick your hand in pins, you can see your hand impression. We made one where you could use your whole body.”

Unfortunately, when Covid hit, they were no longer able to travel around, so they concentrated their efforts on building larger exhibits. “We found it was tremendously exciting to build some larger exhibits,” said Lori. “We built a PVC xylophone, a pendulum wave, parachute launchers, all kinds of exhibits with magnets and brain puzzles. We always have a passion for the ideas; however, our construction skills did not align with our ideas. Fortunately, both of our husbands are craftsmen and helped us build the exhibits.”

The most exciting part of being involved in Creative Learning Alliance for Kara and Lori is that they have the opportunity to work with children and watch them light up and get excited about science. “We love discussing the science behind the exhibits, and we love creating new activities for the kiddos,” said Lori. “We feel it is important to constantly evolve, so we try to have new activities monthly for the kiddos.”

Kara and Lori truly enjoy the science behind what they are doing and are excited to continue to build until they have a full-blown science center for the kids in the Four-State Area.


The Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, a new home for the performing and visual arts, began as a dream of area arts leaders 15 years ago. This month, it becomes a reality as the Cornell Complex opens its doors with celebrations that include a community open house November 12 from noon until 5 pm. The Cornell Complex is the new home of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and Connect2Culture and is located at 210 South 7th Street in downtown Joplin. The regional arts and entertainment center was built through a public-private partnership and started as a grassroots initiative in 2007 that has involved hundreds of arts enthusiasts and volunteers in seeing it manifest for the benefit of the region. Driving the efforts were Connect2Culture, a community arts organization led by C2C’s chair Sharon Beshore, and Cornell Complex and Clifford Wert, president and CFO of Connect2Culture and treasurer of the Cornell Complex.

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Leading the fundraising drive was former Leggett & Platt Inc., President and CEO Harry M. Cornell with a lead gift that inspired over 350 other citizens, businesses and foundations to pledge a total of $17.5 million toward the establishment of the Cornell Complex. Cornell’s daughter, Sharon Beshore, recalls her father’s interest in and encouragement of area artists. “He valued and respected what they were able to do creatively that he couldn’t, “she says. “He was an encourager, not just for artists, but even when it came to people’s work and careers.”

Cornell passed away May 8, 2022, but was able to attend the Cornell Complex groundbreaking in February the previous year. “He was excited to see it take shape whenever he was driven by it,” Beshore said. “He thought the Complex would be a great asset for Joplin, and it will be a legacy of something he believed in and valued.”

Also contributing significantly to the vision was support from the City of Joplin, who provided the land for the Complex. “The State of Missouri showed their support by investing $1.5 million in 2021,” Beshore says. “We are so thankful for over $19 million provided to make this vision a reality.”

Clifford Wert says, “The Cornell Complex was always envisioned as a building that will benefit the entire community and have a major economic impact on Joplin. We’re fostering relationships with other

organizations in ways that will benefit the community economically as well as its lifestyle.”

Designed with a nod to Joplin’s mining days and built on the site of Joplin’s original Shubert Theatre, the Cornell Complex features the 435-seat multifunctional Beshore Performance Hall with versatile seating and exceptionally designed acoustics, sound and lighting. An outdoor

amphitheater on the Leggett & Platt Green will host outdoor concerts and events, and the building is also the new home for George A. Spiva Center for the Arts with its four climate-controlled galleries, improved lighting and security, and the flexibility provided by its moveable walls.

“Our new space on the Complex’s second floor will offer more than 2,000 additional square feet than we had at the Cosgrove building and with four galleries instead of the three we had before,” Spiva’s executive

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“After all, art is for everyone.”
- Executive Director Heather Lesmeister, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

director, Heather Lesmeister, says. “We can really spread our wings.”

The four galleries include the Freeman Health System Main Gallery, the Harry M. Cornell Permanent Collection Gallery, the Four-States Gallery (featuring works by regional artists), and the Jo Mueller Reserve Gallery. The new, state-of-the-art galleries were designed with climate-control capabilities in mind, allowing staff to control temperature, humidity and daylight within the gallery to meet Smithsonian standards for collection loans.

In addition to numerous exhibitions, Spiva offers art education for children, teens and adults and provides creative outreach programs to area organizations. The annual PhotoSpiva photography competition is one of the longest-running of its kind with entries from across the country. And the membership show is the first exhibit in the Cornell Complex, a fitting tribute to the area artists who support Spiva in many ways.

“I want Spiva to continue to be a warm and welcoming place,” Lesmeister says. “I want people to discover things they never knew they’d enjoy because, after all, art is for everyone.”

Connect2Culture executive director Emily Frankoski agrees. “Connect2Culture has a number of resources to help people discover all the Joplin arts scene offers the area, from our directory of arts and cultural organizations to a weekly event calendar emailed to our subscribers and an annual roundtable series,” she says. “And our mission of ‘igniting a passion for the arts, culture and entertainment’ will continue to grow.”

The new space at the Cornell Complex will allow Connect2Culture to expand its already successful offerings like the Curtains Up series that brings nationally known touring artists of all genres to Joplin. The next year will see the launch of the Ignite Series that will ignite a passion for arts and culture outside of the classroom through special performances and educational outreach opportunities, and the Cornell Series that will honor Harry M. Cornell and his passion for supporting local artists. “We can’t wait,” Frankoski says. “There will indeed be something for everyone.”

“The idea of a regional arts and entertainment center, built through a public-private partnership, has been a landmark project 15 years in the making. This grassroots initiative has succeeded through the effort and commitment of many.”
- Cornell Complex President & Connect2Culture Chair Sharon Beshore

The Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex

212 West 7th Street • Joplin, MO 417.621.9810

Connect2Culture 417.501.5550

Connect2Culture Performances:


Connect2Culture & Pro Musica present: Schumann Quartet + Jon Nakamatsu (Chamber/String Quartet/Piano)

Beshore Performance Hall November 15, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Ticket price: FREE (reservations required)


Connect2Culture's Cornell Series presents: Glenda Austin (Piano/Holiday)

Beshore Performance Hall December 10, 2022 | 6 pm

Ticket price: $10

Connect2Culture's Curtains Up Series presents: Annie Moses Band (Instrumental/Holiday)

Beshore Performance Hall December 17, 2022 | 3 pm & 7 pm

Ticket prices: $35-$45

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts 212 West 7th Street • Joplin, MO 417.623.0183

Upcoming exhibits (all exhibits are free to view, but donations are welcome):

Freeman Health System Main Gallery

• Membership Show | November 12-December 31 with Juror Nick Nelson, director Springfield Art Museum

• Holly Wilson: On Turtles Back | January 14-March 4

• PhotoSpiva | March 18-May 13 with Juror Jennifer Thoreson

Four-States Gallery

• THB Lithos | November 12-March 4

• Small Works | March 18-May 12

Harry M. Cornell Permanent Collection Gallery

• Experiencing Africa: Selections from the Harry M. Cornell Jr. Collection | November 12-January 21

Jo Mueller Reserve Gallery

• Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

• Emerging Artists Show | November 12-December 31

• 3rd Graders Installation | January 14-March 13

• PhotoSpiva Kids/Tweens | March 18-April 22

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Lafayette House Employees See Hope in Challenges

Hope. In all the English language, no singular word offers more promises than hope. Yet the very same word, hope, can offer the greatest challenges. Whether the promise of hope extends to our own lives, to those we love or, in the greatest expectation, to those we share our world we live in, it is hope that makes the optimist believe. Conversely, the word hope can miraculously soften even the hardest of hearts. At the end of the day, it is hope that propels us to a better place and a better future for all.

Since its founding in 1978, the Lafayette House has provided hope. First founded as a short-term option for women who needed a safe place to stay overnight to escape domestic violence, Lafayette House of Joplin has not only changed lives, but saved many lives. Today, Lafayette House is a sanctuary for individuals and families who are victims of domestic


violence or sexual assault or who struggle with substance use disorders.

In other words, Lafayette House long ago adopted the word change, with the mission of hope. The mission has grown with the change of community needs, yet never wavering from the ultimate goal of hope.

Offering hope through change has allowed Lafayette’s House’s original Joplin facility, at 1809 South Connor, to expand to an outreach office in Neosho. Following the communities’ ever-changing need for services, Lafayette House offers a full range of services to support individuals and their families. Lafayette House provides domestic violence intervention, including shelter and support; residential and outpatient treatment for substance use disorders; and advocacy, support and counseling for sexual assault. In addition, over the years, Lafayette House learned that adding onsite childcare was a most critical addition in providing overall hope in services. Other positive changes for hope were providing a variety of support services from counseling and case management to court advocacy and job training.

The most obvious question is how does a successful, well-respected organization such as Lafayette House continue to answer the needs of its community? After over 40 years of saving and changing lives, how does Lafayette House stay viable in providing hope in constant changing times? The answer is easy: put the best people in place. Lafayette House is a people-oriented mission. The success in moving forward is having a strong team focused on honoring the mission, who are more than acutely aware the needs, demands, funding and community support changes each year.

Enter Susan Hickam, the executive director of Lafayette House. Jumping in with both feet just 2 years ago, Hickam, without seemingly batting an eye, quickly surveyed the incredible strengths of what Lafayette House already provided. Yet, Hickam was highly conscious of the changes coming for many non-profit organizations.

Non-profit workers (Lafayette House has the best, most loyal) can burn out. How do you retain the best of the best? The pandemic and economic times have and will continue to add to potential donor fatigue and the ability to attract donors. On all government levels, how do you keep elected officials engaged in the important work you do? Even more importantly, how do you ensure your passion is shared with law enforcement, the courts and those who write the laws (and the funding)? Fortunately, Hickam brings with her a long history of working in the criminal justice system. Hickam’s strong past as a victim advocate makes her the fiercest person you could ever have on your side.

Add to these strong attributes, Hickam emerged as the best candidate based on her eye for fiscal responsibility and strong stewardship.

For another Lafayette House leader, stepping up to lead a longestablished, much-beloved community organization could have been an exciting, yet daunting, task. But Chelsea Conley can never be one accused of being easily daunted. Highly excitable, yes, but never daunted. Conley’s excitement is synonymous with her enthusiasm, which seems to be inexhaustible.

Conley joined Lafayette House February 22, 2022. Conley came from Missouri Southern State University, where she served as the director of donor relationships. Conley’s prior non-profit experience was with Carthage Art Feeds. Conley’s strongest skills are her biggest assets as she now leads Lafayette House as the director of development. Like Hickam, Conley is quick to note that to keep the hope alive, understanding change is important.

In a final flurry of exchanges, both Hickam and Conley rattled off the changing landscape that challenges them each day. It’s important to stress that the word challenge in no way means they are overwhelmed. Just the opposite. Their views on the changes ahead are exactly what they know they and the entire staff of the Lafayette board is excited to tackle.

Regarding the staff, Hickam stressed, “I can have great impact through my efforts and passion, but it is the staff members that are the boots on the ground, over 70 strong, that will ultimately make the greatest impact for our community and clients.”

Conley added, “We are at a teachable moment for the community. With change comes growth and the opportunity to flourish. How do we engage our next generation of donors, like the Millennials? How do we bring in the 20-25, 35-year-old workers in our community to encourage them to become involved?”

Hickam added, “We are now best defined as a victim service organization. Gender barriers are gone, the age group once served is shifting. Substance abuse treatment/counseling is now an important role we play.”

Hickam, Conley and the staff plan to fill the ever-changing needs of the community with the words “dream big.” And that is how hope and change work.

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Empty Bowls Focused on Feeding the Hungry

Providing a hot bowl of soup to those longing for a meal is a big deal for many people in Joplin, no doubt about it.

As Watered Gardens Ministries prepares for the 10th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in just a few weeks, it’s important to recognize just how big this cause is for all those involved.

“Empty Bowls is a unique event that brings communities together to help raise funds for local hunger relief,” explains Ruth Willoughby, director of outreach at Watered Gardens Ministries. “Patrons purchase a beautiful pottery bowl, handcrafted and donated by local artisans, and then enjoy a serving of delicious soup donated by one of the generous restaurants.

“Reminiscent of the soup kitchens of the 1930s, this event is a reminder that someone out there has a bowl that’s empty and they are hungry. Each bowl purchased represents 15 meals that will be provided by the receiving organizations.

“The bowls of soup are everything. If we don’t have bowls to sell and soup to serve, there is no event.”

As for how this all was initiated a decade ago, Willoughby said, “Heather Grills, owner of

Phoenix Fired Art Studio in Joplin, held the first-ever Empty Bowls event in her studio in 2012.

“The Watered Gardens Ministries team began planning the 2019 Empty Bowls after Heather relocated to Northwest Arkansas in late 2018. We hit the ground running in early 2019 and are forever grateful to the organizations and individuals that have continued to support this event and trust it and what Heather built the first seven years.”

There’s a lot that goes into getting this event ready, and it starts early. “This is a major undertaking for the planning committee and the potters all year long.

“The committee meets to determine the date and venue. And there are relationships to create, build and maintain in assisting the potters to make 1,000 bowls that are necessary for this event.

“We are always looking to add new clay artists each year. We are always looking to find additional restaurants to donate soup, volunteers to make bowl cozies, sponsorships to help with underwriting and additional non-profits to receive some of the proceeds.

“That’s not to mention the pre-sale period. It takes place about a month prior to event day and provides an opportunity for folks to buy their bowl in advance of the event, securing their choice of the best selection.”

Willoughby is clear on why this is significant for Joplin. “Scripture tells us we will always have the poor among us, and it is the role of the church to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

“Empty Bowls will always be needed because it provides resources to local organizations that allow them to feed the hungry. Only when we meet the physical needs will we be able to come alongside individuals, build relationships with them and help them walk out of poverty.”

Ultimately, Willoughby said, “The main goal of Empty Bowls is to raise as much money as possible, providing organizations that are 100% privately funded that offer a food component in their services to feed as many people as possible until everyone who is hungry is fed. We won’t stop serving those in need.

“I love Empty Bowls. It’s one of the greatest pleasures of my work at the ministry. I truly enjoy connecting with the artists and creating these wonderful relationships with them as we all pursue the common goal of raising funds to offer local hunger relief.”

Empty Bowls Fast Facts

What: Watered Gardens Ministries hosts the 10th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

When: Thursday, November 17, from 11 am-6:30 pm

Where: Empire Market in Joplin

Why: Care for and feed the hungry Organizations That are Supported: Mission Joplin, We Care of the Four States, Hope Kitchen, and Watered Gardens Ministries

Sponsors: SMB Bank, Mercy Joplin, Jordan CPA Services, Mason Woodard Mortuary, Superior Steel Sales, Seward’s Insulation, Mis souri Eye Institute, Joplin Greenhouse & Cof fee Shop, TownePlace Suites, Joplin Empire Market, Mike Wakefield/Binky Guy and Aaron Garman/All Season’s Signs & Printing

Potters: Brent Skinner/Skinner Pottery, Mary Strayer/North Star Pottery, Jeff Jones/The Clay Cup, Suzi Huntington/Sumaro House Design, Chris Kinney/Claybeard Studio, Josh Novak, Debbie Miller and Judie Riggen/Walnut Springs Pottery, Sandy Smith, Daria Claiborne, Sue Colgin and Angel Brame/ Dragonflies and Mud Pottery

Restaurants: Granny Shaffer’s, Suzanne’s Natural Foods, Panera Bread, The Bruncheon ette, Orient Express, Blackthorn Pizza, Club 609, Doug Musik, Grace Community Church, Tropicana Bar & Grill, Double D Café, Briar & Thistle, Great Western Dining, Mojoes, Club 1201, Olive Garden, Community Clinic of Jop lin, Sherri Otto, Kinnaree Thai Cuisine, and Red Onion-Galena

Planning Committee: Liz Helms, Margie King, Jessica Cooper, Cheryl Gilbreath, Desiree Bridges, Jina Scott and Shirley Davidson

For More Information:

Evening of Hope is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Bring your family and friends to share a delightful meal, live entertainment, and an auction for festive gifts and decor that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.


WAYS TO PARTICIPATE: Purchase a Seat • Purchase a Table • Make a Gift • Become A Sponsor For More Information:

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Soroptimists Encourage Women to Live Their Dream

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women®. Even though the program has gone by other names since 1972, including the Training and Awards Program and the Women’s Opportunity Awards, its goal to help women create a better life for themselves has remained the same.

Each year, over $2.8 million of Live Your Dream Awards are received by women in need from Soroptimist clubs worldwide. Since the program’s inception, more than $35 million has been awarded to over 35,000 women.

Soroptimist means ‘best for women’ when loosely translated from Latin, and Soroptimist’s primary goal is to provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Soroptimist International of Joplin celebrated its 85th anniversary this year as it was granted its charter March 6, 1937. There are now an estimated 72,000 Soroptimists in 1,300 Soroptimist clubs in more than 120 countries around the globe.

Chantelle Single and her husband are the parents to two young daughters. In 2021, she received a $1,500 Live Your Dream Award from Soroptimist International of Joplin. She attends Missouri Southern State University, will graduate with a degree in early childhood education, and since receiving her award has herself become a Soroptimist.


“I love being a Soroptimist because I learn more about my community, and I have the opportunity to make a difference in another woman or girl’s life as they did in mine when I received a Live Your Dream Award,” said Single.

Applications for the award are being accepted through November 15, 2022, for the next round of Live Your Dream Awards that will be distributed in February 2023. A link to the application portal can be found at www. Applicants must include written statements from two references.

Recipients of these awards are women who are the primary financial provider for their household, who are attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program, and who have financial need. Past Live Your Dream Award recipients are not eligible to apply. Many recipients in our area have been single mothers and, unfortunately, many recipients have experienced domestic abuse.

The minimum Live Your Dream Award amount awarded by Soroptimist International of Joplin is $1,000. Recipients can use their award for tuition, books, childcare, expenses related to automobile maintenance or any other educationrelated expense.

“It is an honor to belong to a club that makes a positive impact in the lives of women and girls through programs such as the Live Your Dream Award,” said Soroptimist International of Joplin’s President Cathy Brown, who joined the club in 2009. “Many scholarships are more restrictive, paying only for tuition or books. The Live Your Dream Award is much more flexible and helps with other expenses that can be a barrier to achieving their undergraduate degree or vocational skills training program.”

Club-level award recipients are eligible for region-level awards granted in each of Soroptimist’s 29 regions. The first-place region recipients then become candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.

If you would like more information, are interested in becoming a member of the Joplin Soroptimist club, and/ or to inquire as to how you can financially sponsor their initiatives, visit You can also learn more about their activities, fundraisers and initiatives via social media (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter).

Currently, there are 57 members of Soroptimist International of Joplin, and weekly meetings are held at 12 pm every Thursday at Mythos, 1306 South Range Line Road in Joplin. While regular attendance at meetings is encouraged, mandatory meeting attendance is not required. Other Soroptimist clubs in Southwest Missouri can be found in Carthage, Cassville, Neosho and Springfield.

For more information about Soroptimist International, visit Here, information can be found about how a team of six Soroptimist International United Nations representatives are involved in global discussions related to human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, financing for development, human trafficking, migration, education, aging, peace and security.

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Parsons, KS

November 8: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

November 8: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

November 23: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

November 8: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact 417.659.8086 for information and referral.

November 8: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

November 1: Expresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, and form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella at 417.347.2662.

November 2: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 12-12:45 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Rooms, 1532 W. 32nd St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Call 417.347.5700 for more information.

November 3: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, by appointment, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.

November 8: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better

understand the options available for weight-loss surgery. Contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

November 9: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh or Kelley Wheeler for questions at 417.347.4000.

November 15: Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:306:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

November 17: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10:30 am-12 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at or 417.347.8463.

November 21: Freeman Blood Drive, 9 am–5 pm, Freeman West Conference Rooms 1W-4W. Roll up your sleeve and help someone in need. Photo identification required. Please eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post-5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

November 28: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers.

Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

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Using Botox to Prevent Migraines

Using Botox to Prevent Migraines

A t some point in your life, you more than likely have experienced a headache. Headaches are very common and knowing the difference between a tension headache and a migraine can help you significantly in your treatment plan.

Many times, people try to underplay a migraine. They assume what they are experiencing is a tension or sinus headache. Tension headaches are mild and feel like a steady ache. Although the pain is uncomfortable, the person can still function during their day.

Migraines, on the other hand, include a moderate-to-severe pounding or throbbing headache that usually lasts four hours or more. Migraine symptoms also include sensitivity to sound and/or light, nausea or vomiting, and aura before onset.

Migraines affect people’s lives very significantly. About 40 million people in America experience regular migraines. They are also more common in women, with one in five women experiencing them.

Everyone has their own migraine triggers. Sun exposure, dehydration, lack of sleep, stress, changes in the weather, foods that contain MSG, chocolate and cheese are a few common triggers. A migraine patient should always pay attention to what they ate or did that day to help narrow down their trigger.

Treatment for Chronic Migraines

Migraines are considered chronic if they occur 15 days or more in a month. The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but researchers and doctors have found different treatments to help patients. One of these treatments is Botox®. Botox (Botulinum toxin) is a preventive treat ment that works by decreasing the chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. It is believed to stop the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck. It helps relax the muscles in the head and decreases the tension.

Botox is injected in shallow muscles just beneath the skin using small needles. Each treatment typically involves 31 injections in the head and neck. Patients receive treatment every three months and have experienced very successful results with limited side effects.

To learn more about chronic migraine treatment at Freeman NeuroSpine – Neurology, visit To schedule an appointment, call 417.347.7300.


Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

November 8: Birth and Beyond Day Class, 8:30 am-noon, hospital mezzanine. The class will focus on ways the mother and her family can prepare for the birth of their baby. To register, call 417.448.2101.

November 15 & 17: Birth and Beyond Evening Class, 6-8 pm, hospital mezzanine. This two-session class will focus on ways the mother and her family can prepare for the birth of their baby. To register, call 417.448.2101.

November 22: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. This month, we will offer free blood pressure checks, plus a free hemoglobin test. The event takes place at the Kern Senior Center in Rich Hill.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

November 8 & 22: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

November 10: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

November 10: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK - For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

November 1: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Crisis Text Line Text 741741

Free 24/7 support for those in crisis to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code

November 2022 • • 77

Thanksgiving Budget

Knowing yourself and planning your week before the holiday

While the temptation is always to plan on making healthier options for Thanksgiv ing, it always feels like that’s easier said than done. While it’s pretty easy to get away with some roasted poultry on a fruit and veggie bed for Christmas, it seems like we cannot get away from unhealthy, high-calorie, low-nutrition foods around Thanksgiving. Many of the sides and desserts of Thanksgiving are so expected, it’s hard to make changes to them without potentially hurting some feelings, and sometimes the workload of cooking is so high that making healthier dishes alongside traditional dishes can end up being too much work.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the day-to-day of trying to get healthier that we don’t look at the bigger picture. Our health is a collection of choices we make, so if we eat too much for breakfast and don’t adjust the rest of our meals to reflect that, we can easily reach a caloric surplus while eating what we’d otherwise consider healthy. You can take that same mindset and apply it to weeks. If you have an egregious cheat day, it might undo the work you’ve done for a few other days. It’s a lot like budgeting, where you could be stay ing on budget, but if you make a large purchase and don’t adjust your budget to reflect that, you might end up spending more than you intended to. You know your health goals better than anyone else, but you also know your habits better than anyone else. A lot of times, making healthier choices means confronting your habits. Maybe you always end up eating more rolls than you planned or you can’t help but get seconds of desserts. While it’s nice to tell yourself you’ll be good, it doesn’t do you any good if you aren’t when the time comes.

In those situations, where you know you’re more likely to be bad than not, you can plan for it by adjusting the rest of your habits for the week – you could even do it for the month if you want to practice. Trying to eat very lean and in line with your dietary needs the rest of the week can help you avoid weight gain on the holidays. Either set a caloric budget for each day leading up to it – and plan on having leftovers the following days – or make sure you are eating according to any diet your doctor or nutritionist has prescribed for you. If you’ve put in the work of staying on track up until Thanksgiving, you can splurge on another plate knowing you’re starting with a caloric deficit.

For some, holidays like Thanksgiving are times you get to see family or friends you don’t otherwise get to, and that means the hassle of being strict with yourself isn’t worth it enough to last. Prepping yourself by making healthier choices before the holidays will give you some wiggle room to have a guilt-free Thanksgiving, and making changes to your everyday habits is far better than making sure you’re good for just one day.


Gratitude It's more than good manners

Etiquette, manners and gratitude are intrinsically linked. Etiquette is the fuel that powers relationships and the catalyst for positive human interactions. Good manners are the ways we show consideration for others. Gratitude, however, is more than a social nicety. Practicing gratitude cultivates lasting happiness. It improves mental and physical health and relationships. Let’s talk about ways you can show gratitude beyond saying thank you.

Listen Giving someone your full atten tion shows respect and appreciation. It is one of the simplest and most effective ways to show we care. When we are mentally and emotionally present for a conversation, resist the urge to interrupt and wait for our turn to speak, we let others know they are worth our time and energy.

Compliment When it comes to giving compliments, be honest and generous. Give a compliment when you genuinely admire a person's talent, skill or strength. Stay in the moment and be spontaneous. A compliment that is well-timed and said with sincerity can make someone's day. Compliments about physical appearance will bring a smile, but try focusing on a person's qualities.

Write it down Handwritten notes are still the gold standard of gratitude. In an age of instant communication, a handwritten note is a rarity, which is precisely why it is so special. A text or email is easy to overlook, but a handwritten note is impossible to ignore. The general rule is that if you open your gift in front of the giver and give a verbal thank you, a written thank you isn’t necessary, although

why not do both? There are a few occasions when only a handwritten thank you note will do.

• After receiving a gift, whether it is for a baby shower, holiday, birthday or other special occasions

• When someone has done you a favor

• For business opportunities, a client referral or making a big sale

• After a job interview (Pro-tip mail the note within 24 hours)

• After receiving condolence notes or gifts

• After you got to a dinner party or hosted as an overnight guest.


If you receive good service, share your money and praise. A few extra dollars can communicate how much you value the service. Another easy way to show apprecia tion is by writing positive reviews and com ments on social media. Like a local business?

Recommend it to your friends!


When it comes to helping people we are grateful for, there are many ways to go about it. Offer to do a chore or run an errand

for them. Invite a friend to do something you know they have always wanted to do. Showing appreciation does not have to be a big gesture; simple things can make a big impact.

Practicing gratitude can help to change our perspective and make us more aware of the good in our lives. It can also make us better communicators and listeners. When we give compliments, we not only make the other per son feel good, but we also boost our mood and confidence. Write thank you notes, leave posi tive reviews, tip generously, offer your talents to others or simply get a coffee for someone. By making gratitude a part of our daily rou tine, we can start to see the world in a whole new light.

Kristi Spencer is on a mission to make life easier, smoother and more pleasant for everyone. She founded The Polite Company with one goal in mind: to help people present the best version of themselves to the world. Kristi provides person alized in-person or online etiquette lessons that build social skills and self-esteem. She helps clients find success at work and in personal relationships. Kristi is a graduate of the Emily Post Institute, the gold standard of etiquette training. Kristi is the exclusive Emily Post Institute-trained etiquette instructor in the Four-State Region. Kristi Spencer lives in Carl Junction with her husband and two sons.

Thank you!

When the helper needs help

When Carl Perkins, a part of Ascent Recovery Residences since it opened in 2008, needed help, the community came out to support him.

Early in October, a silent auction and dinner was held at the ROCC and benefited Perkins in his treatment of a rare and aggressive cancer. Last May, Perkins was diagnosed with stage 4 Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer in the bile ducts and liver, and has been in treatment since. Teddy Steen, executive director of ASCENT, said enough money was raised for Perkins’ out-of-pocket costs next year.

Steen first met Perkins when he was in her group and was her client when she worked at Family Recovery Services. Even though he ended up in prison for a couple of years, she stayed connected with him by mail and sent him weekly sermons from her church.

“I saw something in him, and he was very talented,” she said. “He played the guitar, was very bright and had vast knowledge of the Bible. When he was released from prison, he became a full-time father to three of his children and was determined to give them a good life. He also obtained a GED and resumed his commitment to his faith and became a very active member of his church.”

Steen said one day they were talking at a Christian bookstore, and Perkins mentioned how he wanted to go to college. He asked her what his major should be.

“I told him to major in psychology or sociology, and when I got my recovery house, he could come work for me,” Steen said. “It was a few years until this happened, but on day one, in 2008, he was a part of ASCENT. At first, he volunteered and has done wonders at ASCENT. The lives he has touched and helped transform are numerous, and most of them give Carl much of the credit for that change.”

Perkins provided peer support to the guys and continued his education getting a B.A. in sociology in 2011 from Missouri Southern State University. In 2017, he obtained a master’s in social work from Missouri State University. He eventually became second in command at ASCENT and is now the program director. He is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and was setting up an office at the ROCC to provide counseling and trauma therapy at no charge to people in recovery. Unfortunately, after his diagnosis, this had to be put on hold.

“We are all having a real hard time,” Steen said. “He just has so much wisdom but is funny and sometimes is a little quirky, all part of his charm. He has sacrificed himself in a lot of ways to be the father and the mentor he has become. He is the greatest guy and is a true inspiration and example of faith and courage as he is fighting the battle of his life. He has been instrumental in saving so many lives. Please help us save his!”

If interested in helping Perkins, a GoFundMe page has been set up and can be accessed at

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A Most Distinguished Patient Grand Prosthetics Serves 103-Year-Old

WWII Veteran Colonel Dean Barrett

Col. Dean Barrett of Grove, Oklahoma, celebrated his 103rd birthday September 20, 2022, in Grove, Oklahoma.

Mr. Barrett is a World War II Airforce veteran, lifelong resident of Oklahoma, a jokester with a glowing smile, and a beloved patient at Grand Prosthetics and Orthotics LightWeight Artificial Limbs & Braces.

“It’s our honor to fit Mr. Barrett with boots,” said Beverly Helms, who co-owns Grand Prosthetics with her husband Dave Helms. Dave is a fellow Airforce veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

“We have a huge heart for veterans, and to serve one as distinguished as Mr. Barrett is a joy for me and Dave.”

After a foot injury in 2018, Dean dealt with chronic foot pain and difficulty walking. Once he was fitted with boots with custom supports from Grand Prosthetics, he was able to walk comfortably again.

“The first time he was fitted with the boots and walked, the grin on his face was worth a million dollars,” said Patricia Holland, a family friend and caretaker. “He wears them every day and it’s made a huge difference in his ability to get around.”

The VA provides replacements every 6 months.

Dean was born in 1919 in Canadian County, Oklahoma, near Hinton as the fifth of seven children. He was baptized in the North Canadian River at the age of 12. Later, his family moved to a farm near Calumet, Oklahoma, where he went on to be his class president for all four years of high school.

Dean attended Oklahoma A&M College, now Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1941. Later that year, he married his college sweetheart, Alberta Nicks, of Grove.

In 1941, he also enlisted in Air Force pilot training just weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 that year.

During World War II, Dean was commissioned as a pilot, serving as an aerial gunnery instructor and pilot instructor in Nevada and New Mexico. After the war, Dean served in the Air Force Reserve Units at Grove, Miami and Stillwater. He was commander of the Stillwater unit and received the USAF Meritorious Service Medal. He retired after 30 years of active and reserve duties as a full colonel.

Dean and Roberta were blessed with four children: Ronald, twins Roger and Jim, and Susan. The family suffered the loss of Roger just days after his birth.

After Roberta’s passing in 1982, Dean met his second wife, Anna Lee Roberts Spicer, at a church party. Anna Lee had also lost her spouse, Mitch.

Dean and Anna Lee were happily married for 36 years. Their combined families have eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all lifelong residents of Grove, Oklahoma.

Dean’s contributions to his community, state and country have been immense.

In addition to his military career, Dean taught agricultural classes through Oklahoma State University, and was a Delaware County farm agent, rural development specialist through OSU, and ranching. He earned his master’s degree from OSU in 1963 and, that same year, served as president of the Oklahoma County Agents Association. He was named Outstanding Agent of Oklahoma in 1960-61 after making Delaware County the first in Oklahoma to be brucellosis free.

He has been an active member of Grove Kiwanis, Grove Rotary, Cowskin Prairie Community Group, Grove Cooperative, Ambulance Board, Farm Bureau Board, Delaware County Agricultural Stabilization, and Bank of Grove board of directors. At First Christian Church of Grove, he served as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, treasurer and church board elder.

It’s with great honor that Grand Prosthetics serves such an esteemed member of our community. Col. Dean Barrett, we thank you for your service and for your great contributions to our city, state and country.


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When our family gathers for Thanksgiving, one of us says grace as we all hold hands and bow our heads.

Saying grace before meals is a way to remember God, not our credit card, provided the meal. Even if you are not a believer, saying grace recognizes the people whose hard work brought food to your table.

I will admit I do not say grace before every meal. When I go through McDonald’s for a biscuit sandwich to eat on my way fishing, I do not. When I stop by Arby’s for a roast beef sandwich after a morning hunt, I do not. I should be thanking God before every meal, but I do not. I don’t know anyone who does.

I have found it is easier to say grace over the game I harvested or fish I caught and prepared. Maybe that is because I have a close connection to them. It is hard to have that feeling with pizza out of a box, hamburg ers in a sack or store-bought groceries.

When grilling a deer steak, I think about that morning in the woods. I remember the beautiful sunrise peeking up over the hill. I remember the frosted field, the crows calling, the birds fluttering through the trees and the bobcat walking by.

I remember kneeling beside it, laying my hand on it and thanking the deer for giving its life to feed my family. I remember thanking God for my time in His creation.

It is the same with the fish I catch. I do not lay my hand on it and thank it for giving its life to feed my family like I do a deer. But when I fry them up, I remember when I caught them. I see the sun or the moon reflecting on the water. I see the eagle sitting in a tree. I see the deer at the edge of the water. I hear the water lapping against the boat. I say grace before I eat them.

When I take the life of a game animal or fish, I do not take that lightly. I will always be thankful to God for the great outdoors He created for me to enjoy my hunting and fishing. I will always say grace before eating the wild game or fish He has provided. Saying grace is the least I can do for all God has done for me.


“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, your life and your strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies only within yourself.”



No written rule says you have to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. The Pil grims and Native Americans may not have even had turkey on that first Thanksgiving. Historical accounts said they ate wildfowl, and that could have also meant ducks or geese.

It does mention they ate fish. That is a good enough reason for me to forget about having turkey this year. Instead, why not plan on enjoying a plate full of fish for Thanksgiving? I am sure your family will consider it a welcome break from the Thanksgiving turkey. I know my family is looking forward to it.

I plan on frying up crappie, walleye and suckers from my freezer. They have been there a while, so I need to cook them anyway. Then I have a good excuse to go get more. I will also slice potatoes real thin like a potato chip and cut some onion rings to fry up with them. My family loves that almost as much as they do the fish.

The women will like it because it saves them a lot of work. And, you will not have to eat leftover turkey for days. I can almost guarantee there will be no leftovers from your Thanksgiving fish holiday meal.


Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day. As a veteran, I want to thank my fellow veterans for your service. God bless you all!

This day is a national celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of their country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of us all.

I hope you take time from your busy life to thank a veteran, not just on Veterans Day, but every day. If you see a veteran wearing their branch of a service cap, thank them for their service. If not for them, you might not be able to enjoy the great outdoors you love so much.


It is appropriate that November’s Thanksgiving Day, Veterans Day and all our many hunting seasons are also Native American Heritage Month.

In case you did not know, Thanksgiving Day started when Native Americans and the Pilgrims celebrated the harvest together. That first Thanksgiving meal was from the crops the Pilgrims had grown, along with fish and game the Native Americans brought to the celebration.

You also probably didn’t know Veterans Day is special for Native Americans. More Native American men and women have served in our nation’s armed forces than any other ethnic group. They have done so because, even though we took their land from them, they feel it is still their land and they fight for it no matter the cost.

November was a time for Native Americans to hunt. They needed the meat to feed their families through the winter, the skins to make cloth ing and use for shelters. They believed each living thing on the earth had its place in the circle of life. They also believed wild game was cre ated to feed and clothe them and to also give them strength, and they were thankful for that gift. It would be good if today’s hunters learned to honor the wild game they take as our Native Americans did.

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An Amazing Adventure The Quest for the Triple Crown

M artin McKay is a 2008 graduate of Carl Junction High School. He was a starting guard on earlier CJ Bulldogs basketball teams. During his sophomore year, he contracted a virus in one of his eyes and eventually lost sight in the eye. Martin was fit with an artificial eye and returned to play his senior year, but his basketball career was over.

What friends, family and even Martin himself did not know was that he would one day achieve something in life he could never have imagined he would ever do; something very few people have ever done. Something only a few will ever do.

When Martin was in his early 20s and working at a local business, Curtis Ware, a family friend, started leaving DVDs on his desk of people out hiking on America’s National Scenic Trails. Martin enjoyed watching them. The scenery was beautiful, but he never thought he would do something like that. Curtis kept leaving the DVDs. What Martin did not know then was Curtis had planted a seed.

One day, his best friend Andy Gonzales asked him to help him celebrate his 25th birthday by going to Devils Den State Park in Arkansas on a hot summer day to do some hiking. Martin loved it. The seed Curtis planted was nourished.


Thanks to another friend, it would keep growing into one amazing adventure.

By his mid-20s, Martin was hiking on trails all over our beautiful Ozarks Mountain country. By his late 20s, the seed had grown into a desire to try longdistance hiking.

A long-distance hike offered Martin an exciting opportunity to get away from it all and experience wilderness in a way his short weekend trips did not allow. Long trips put him out in wide-open nature, where everyday life faded into the background. His only care was the next scenic view, the next water source or the next choice campsite.

Some people who try long-distance hiking will take on a trail by doing it in short bites over many days, months or even years until they finish it. Not Martin. The competitiveness from his basketball days led him to thru-hike a trail. That means hiking the entire length from end to end in a single trip.

Martin will tell you the hard part of long-distance hiking is the first week or two. That’s when your legs are fresh, your pack is the heaviest and your end goal is thousands of miles away. The only way you will see the end of the trail and the wilderness along the journey is to put one foot in front of the other and do it.

Panoramic views make your aches go away, refreshing drinks from icy streams re-energize you when you’re tired, and freeze-dried food tastes wonderful when resting in a high lake basin with the sunset lighting up the peaks around you.

The Pacific Crest Trail was Martin’s first long-distance hike. He completed its 2,653 miles in 2019 and an additional 600 miles in 174 days. The trail is closely aligned with the highest portion of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges and is a little over 100 miles east of the Pacific coast. It passes through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. The trail passes through 25 national forests and seven national parks.

In 2021, Martin hiked the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail in 146 days. It follows the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.

Martin completed the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in 130 days August 17 of this year. It starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at Mt. Katahdin in Maine, passing through 14 states.

Those three National Trails make up the hiking world’s Triple Crown. The success rate of those who attempt any one of these three trails is only about 25%. The American Long Distance Hiking Association has recognized only 500-plus hikers with the Triple Crown of Hiking Award. Martin will soon be a part of this elite group.

Curtis Ware and Martin’s brother set up a Facebook page called Martin Hikes: The Quest for the Triple Crown. It has pictures and videos of his Triple Crown hikes that help others see and experience what this amazing young man has accomplished.

Trail names are a big thing in hiking circles. Names are usually fun, silly or serious that hikers select for themselves or are bestowed upon them by fellow hikers. Most of the time, the name is from a hiking experience or the hiker’s life.

Remember at the beginning of this story when I told you about Martin losing an eye to a virus in high school and having to use an artificial eye? One day on the trail, Martin had to take out that eye to clean it.

When he put it back in, he put it in the wrong way. Someone saw it and said, “That’s some crazy eyes!” So, Crazy Eyes became Martin’s trail name.

Martin said, “I wouldn’t trade my time on the trails for anything. The long-distance hiking community is a special group of people. During the day, we would usually hike solo, but at night we camped together. I developed new relationships. Most of them will always be long-lasting friends. We have a special bond between us.

“These hikers are people willing to help anybody,” he continued. “They are a community of people who always gives back. We all practice the Leave No Trace philosophy of always leaving things as we found them so others might enjoy them, too. We are good stewards of the outdoors.”

As I finished my interview with Martin, I asked him what he feels he has gained personally from this experience. He said, “I have always been a rather shy, private person, but I now have unwavering confidence in myself that helps me in my daily life. It has been a challenge physically and mentally to immerse myself in nature like that. There is a lot of satisfaction that comes from that. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

His last words to me were, “Sometimes it is necessary to break out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you. Only when you are scared do you have the opportunity to be brave. Most growth comes from putting yourself in uncomfortable situations.”

Martin continued, “My next goal is to get back to work and maybe find my next career. I am enjoying my time back home right now. My legs still have thousands of miles to walk. I am excited to find my next journey and see where the path takes me. I believe John Muir said it best, ‘Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.’ I may find a few more dirt paths.”

During my visit, I remembered him saying something about the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Many hikers say it is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. Maybe his amazing adventure is not yet over.

Maybe this story has planted a seed in you. What will you do in your own life to break out of your comfort zone, do something that scares you and discover your amazing adventure?

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A November Feathered Venture at Home

Many households enjoy bringing the birds together and closer to the backyard for better viewing. Their beauty and behaviors are certainly pleasurable to witness. We can easily learn more about their habits and relationships to weather, the habitat surroundings and other animals in the community by regular observations.

There are a wide variety of feeder types to set up in our landscape. Hop per-type feeders usually have a sidebar for a sturdy perch; the hoppers hold a lot of seed and keep it dry and off the ground. Tube feeders ca ter to smaller perching songbirds like finches, siskins, chickadees and titmice while discouraging larger species. Tray feeders are open and welcome the largest variety of birdlife, yet they hold a small amount of birdseed and must be refilled day-to-day. Despite offering a smaller amount of food, tray feeders are usually the busiest of the feeder selec tion. Trays let birds fly in and approach from different directions and give birds clear views for safety of possible predators above and around them.

Bird feeding is engaging and a lot of fun for the observers. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin has a beautiful wildlife viewing set-up. If you are interested in backyard birds, come visit with us, see our “backyard” viewing area and pick up some free information.

While we mostly feed birds for our entertainment, landscaping (na turescaping) for avian life with native plants has the biggest benefit for birds and the environment as a whole. Besides naturescaping, we can do more to assist native bird species survival in our area and on migra tion routes. Here are five easy things to do this November to help our birds:

1) Provide water in a cold-weather friendly bird bath. Fresh water will attract a larger number of birds than a birdfeeder. Keep a shallow dish/bath filled with fresh water and clean it out when needed.

2) Offer appropriate birdseed. Feel free to visit our nature center and ask what seed mixes and single seed types we use. Black oil sun flower seed is one of the best sources to use for the majority of seedeating birds.

3) Eradicate invasive plants like winter creeper and Japanese hon eysuckle in your yard. Non-native problem plants escape to the wild areas and compete with native plants. Native trees, shrubs and vines are adapted for native birds and comprise part of their shelter needs and fill in their wide-ranging food chains.

4) If you drink coffee, try Shade Grown Coffee this season. The farms that grow this old-fashion coffee keep the tropical canopy in place, thus benefiting scores of our migratory and tropical birds with a canopy of native plants. Organic, shade-grown coffee is one step bet ter for the environment, benefitting our water quality and biodiversity even more!

5) Bring your binoculars along with you when you come out to our nature center, George Washington Carver National Monument and the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Make it a habit of sharing birds with others and perhaps keeping a birdlist for the season. Feel free to e-mail me and share your bird discoveries or a new trail you hike.

Protecting birds and their habitats is a sound investment. Birds enrich our lives and are vital parts of Missouri’s natural heritage.

It’s November, a season of Thanksgiving. For those of us who love the outdoors, let’s remember to be thankful for our public lands and all the wild components of our community. I hope to see you on an Ozark trail with binoculars in hand! - Jeff

Jeff Cantrell is a local outdoor educator, housed at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, and may be reached at

A utumn temperatures and shorter spans of daylight prompt many of us to start think ing about feeding the birds.
Field notes by J. Cantrell; photos courtesy of MO Dept. of Conservation

Your Realtor FOR LIFE

Advantages of End-of-Year Home Buying

Changing seasons and the final two months of the year may just be the best time to buy a new home. While the available inventory shrinks, sellers can be motivated to sell. Sellers’ life events, such as job transfers, dictate when they may need to sell. Depending on your own flexibility, there are many advantages to buying a home toward the end of the year.

November homebuyers find less competition than in the spring and summer months. This can equate to more price cuts, especially from any holdover inventory. Buyers making offers in November and December can often get a fantastic deal. In other words, the final two months, contrary to what you might think, is actuality a great time to shop for a new home.

Some buyers are not beholden to school schedules, such as empty nesters, who may find this time of year a good time to downsize. Yes, there is less inventory, but there is also less competition against other buyers. One seller’s motivation is another buyer’s gain.

So, what are lenders’ opinions on the final two months of the year? Sean Parks, a residential lender for Mid-Missouri Bank, weighed in.

“Overall, the market shows signs of possibly stabilizing,” he said. “For example, appraisals are being accepted quicker and coming back closer

to report due dates; contracts are beginning to include seller concessions again; and interest rates in the past week and a half have shown to be responding to the Fed's efforts. It may very well prove the market is responding.”

Looking ahead to 2023, Parks added, “Every year, maximum conforming loan limits are announced. For 2021, it was announced the limit would be $548,250. Although not officially announced, FHFA is expected to raise the loan limit to $715,000, which is up from a 2022 high of $647,200. Moreover, some investors are accepting applications right now for these loans. What used to be considered a jumbo loan is now viewed as a large conforming loan.”

Moving companies, like JoMo Moving, also cite advantages to buying in the final two months of the year. Owner Josh Maresh said, “Though it may not seem like it, November and December are actually a great time to move! These months are usually a quieter time for moving companies, with the heaviest volume of moves occurring in the spring and summer months.” Co-owner Courtney Maresh agreed with her husband Josh’s assessment that because moving companies are not as busy, they can also be flexible with your move dates and pricing.

Home inspectors like Derek Gander of Premier Home Inspections also see advantages to purchasing a home in November and December. As the market slows down from the busy spring and summer months, home inspectors can respond faster to getting your new house inspected. This moves the home purchase process along a little faster. Gander also noted buying a home in November or December gets ahead of the curve on bad weather months in January and February. On a personal note, Gander added, “We are helping a family make a huge decision. I enjoy helping clients celebrate their new year right.”

All the experts agree purchasing a home in November or December can offer many advantages for buyers and sellers. Right now may be the very best time to look for a house.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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