Show Me The Ozarks - March 2023

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Featuring Joplin & Webb City Celebrating the Joplin Sesquicentennial March 2023 • Volume 22 • Issue 7
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Look no further to see the wonders of nature in the Ozarks. The photographers in our 13th Annual Nature Contest outdid themselves in capturing every aspect of nature. Amy Watts, our first-place winner, found her subject in Joplin at Cunningham Park. Being in nature every day is essential to Watts and her photography. Take a look at her photograph and all the other outstanding photos!

Featuring Webb City

59 Webb City Business Spotlights

62 Faces of Webb City

64 Webb City Football Head Coach

John Roderique retiring

67 ‘Shop Hop’ Shopping Experience

Coming to Downtown Webb City

68 Webb City Elks Lodge focuses on Providing Community Support

70 Fashion Forward: Wig’n Out

71 Fashion Forward: Society

72 Webb City Farmers Market

SMTO contents March 2023
Years of
of Joplin
Joplin Business Spotlights
Sky High at Freedom of
Featuring Joplin 29 Celebrating The Joplin Sesquicentennial150
Memories, Growth and Impact
40 History Soars
48 Joplin Public Library
Joplin Reads Together Community Read
the Cover 64 54 20 29 44

to think about spring in the Four States! A few farmers markets are getting started for the season this month. You could take a stroll at our nature center to see the earlyspring wildflowers and animals. Educational opportunities abound in the region, too. Learn about native-plant gardening, cast iron and Dutch oven cooking, or about falcons and birds of prey. However you choose to celebrate the upcoming season, do it in the Four-State Area!

16 Northeast Oklahoma Events


21 Tastes of the Four States - Club 609

22 Show Me Dining Guide

74 Your House ... Your HomeDecorating with Pantone Color of the Year 2023 Viva Magenta

84 The Great Outdoors

86 A Naturalist Voice - The Pursuit of Trout & White Bass Begins

88 Your Realtor For Life - 5 Home-Buying Mistakes To Avoid

20 Recipe: Irish Apple Cake

44 Why I Run: Hensleys Choose Running for a Healthier Lifestyle

77 Health Events

79 Common Habits Harmful to Kidneys

80 Fit for Life - OverhydrationToo much of a good thing

82 Ascent Recovery: Addicts in Early Recovery Treatment Should Stay Away from Romantic Relationships

83 In Memory of Dave Helms

17 Show Me Carl Junction

18 Joplin Arts District

19 Spotlight on Carthage

26 Things We Love

42 The Creative Edge: Margie Moss

46 Faces & Places: Joplin Area

Business EXPO Marks 30th Year

49 Women To Watch

76 Faces & Places: Wear Red Day

March 2023 • • 7 in every edition Can you find it? 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! health other great reads $41.99 - three years $32.99 - two years $19.99 - one year Name: Address: Form of payment: Check Credit Card Card Number: Name on Card: Card Expiration: / Mail this form with your check, money order or credit card info to: Show Me The Ozarks, PO Box 950, Neosho, MO 64850 Subscription Form Subscribe today! Call 417.455.9898 to place your subscription over the phone by credit card. Don’t miss a single edition of the magazine that has all of the region talking! The Ozarks Magazine Since 2001 WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE OZARKS
Cultural Arts and Entertainment
Congratulations to Jeannie Gilbert, the winner of the February edition “Find the Green Smiley Face” contest. Jeannie wins two gift certificates to McAlister’s Deli in Joplin, MO. The Green Smiley was on page 52, in the hub of the front wheel on the stagecoach of the mural saying All Roads Lead Home.

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Since 2001



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Holly Hukill

Jeff Cantrell

Kathleen Swift

Don Lowe

Larry Whiteley

Bridget Bauer

Gary Stubblefield

Amy Howe

Ann Leach

Allison Lee Riechman-Bennett

Kristi Spencer

Savanah Bandy


Amy Howe

Mandy Edmonson

Ashley Caughorn


Shelby Cagle / Gary and Desma Sisco

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Planting the Seeds

Plant the seed and see what grows. SMTO strives to plant the seed. We celebrate our youth as future leaders of tomorrow. We cherish the natural beauty of our region. We honor the men and women who fight for our country, stand to be leaders in our communities and work to make every day better for our people. We feature businesses, celebrate service and share the unique lifestyle of our region. We plant the seed and our readers make it grow.

Protecting Our Planet. On page 58, we celebrate the winners, and all those who entered our 13th Annual Nature Photo Contest. The photographers captured stunning birds, beautiful mammals, a variety of insects, a reptile and, of course, beautiful Ozark scenes. All contest entry fees go to benefit the Wildcat Glades Friends Group. Thank you to all the photographers who reminded us to do our part in protecting the natural beauty around us.

Honoring Our History. Happy birthday, Joplin! How do you celebrate 150 years of memories, events and growth? Joplin is celebrating by recreating and acknowledging unforgettable moments in its history. Inside this issue, learn more about a vintage baseball game, a lecture series on historic Joplin figures, a movie series and a music series celebrating Joplin’s stars and more. Joplin knows how to celebrate!

Making an Impact. In our Faces of Joplin, Joplin Business Spotlights and Women to Watch sections, we feature men and women leading by example. Whether by providing the best health care or helping protect assets with insurance, these individuals are making an impact. They lead with heart and pave the road for others to follow in their footsteps. The best form of flattery is imitation. Let’s flatter our leaders in business!

Protecting Our Health. The best way to protect our health is preventive care. Care comes in all shapes and sizes. Building a balanced work and personal life, engaging in exercise, spending meaningful time with friends and family, and ongoing checkups with health care professionals are just a few seeds we hope to plant each month. You are the most important part of today, tomorrow and forever.

SMTO hopes to plant seeds, or help give you access to the seeds you need, to protect our planet, honor our history, support those making an impact and improve your health. We want to help make our communities grow! Let us know how we can help!

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Through March 18: artCentral Carthage presents “FOILED AGAIN!” 6-8 p.m., 1110 E. 13th St. A mixed media juried exhibition featuring the original creations of members of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition.

March 17-19 & 24-29: Gods of Comedy, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Blvd. Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars. But something goes disastrously wrong, and Daphne cries out in a panic, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!” and the gods appear! Reservations required; 417.358.9665 or email Tickets: Adults $29, seniors (55+) $26, students $24, youth $23, children (6-12) $12, children (0-5) free. More information:,

Joplin, MO


March 9: Danú, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. This outstanding Irish ensemble fuses a glorious mix of ancient Celtic music and new repertoire for lively concerts. For more than two decades, Danú’s virtuosi musicians on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals have taken audiences around the globe on a musical journey to the emerald hills of Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Tickets may be purchased at, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. More information:

March 15-19: Leading Ladies, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m. Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing Scenes from Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket at or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15. More information: info@joplinlittletheatre. org.

March 24: The Second City Swipes Right: The Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. It’s love at first laugh with The Second City! Bring your partner, lover, significant other, spouse, friend with benefits, platonic BFF or your spectacularly single self to The Second City Swipes Right. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture. org, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50. More information: info@

March 25 & 26: Jessica Vosk, 7 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. A celebrated singer and actress, Jessica Vosk is no stranger to musical theater and the concert stage. Tickets may be purchased at, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $35-$40. More information:

March 30: The Ying Quartet, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. The Ying Quartet, a long-time fan favorite in Joplin, makes their welcome return to Pro Musica! Additional details to come. This performance is part of Pro Musica’s 2022-23 series. Free and open to the public. More information: or 417.625.1822.


Through June 1, 2023: Iconic Joplin (ages 12-16). Joplin’s 150th birthday celebration, Iconic Joplin, challenges teams of teens to work together to research, design and build Joplin landmarks in their past, present or future states out of LEGO bricks! Teams were announced December 1, and each will receive support from local STEM professionals and historians. Winners announced June 2023. Free. Info:, 417.825.3395.

March 5, 12, 19 & 26: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m., Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 p.m.; 21+ from 10 p.m. until close. Free. potterdakoda1982@gmail. com, 417.540.9186.

March 7: Fanaa, 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Rd. The Missouri Southern State University Institute of International Studies and the Harrison and June Kash International Film Festival invite you to join them for eight classic films chosen by various faculty members. This film is part of MSSU’s Spring 2023 International Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: or 417.625.9736.

March 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 p.m., 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. Info:, 417.691.0480.

March 17: Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva 2023 and Jo Mueller Small Works Auction, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts 212 W. 7th St. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: Non-members $10, Spiva members admitted for free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

March 18: PhotoSpiva 2023 Award Ceremony & Juror Lecture, 7 p.m.; Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Join Spiva Center for the Arts as it presents the winners of PhotoSpiva 2023 with cash awards. Then, listen as this year’s PhotoSpiva juror, Jennifer Thoreson, gives a brief lecture and provides insight into her work as well as her selections for this year’s competition. Suggested donation: $10. More information: jhenning@, 417.623.0183.

March 21: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, 9 a.m.3 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. St Louis Ave. Enjoy a paper piecing workshop featuring an Easter bunny. The fee to participate is $10 and participants must supply their own backing and button eyes. A brown bag lunch will follow the workshop at noon. Afterwards, at 1 p.m., attendees can learn how to achieve sharp points using foundation paper and can purchase a variety of foundation paper, books and patterns. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member; annual dues are $20. Cost: Morning workshop $10, annual dues $20. More information:

March 21: A Street Becomes a Boulevard: A Life in Baseball and Joplin, 6-8:30 p.m., Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Baseball is about the sights, smells and noises you hear, and the memories that mean more with each passing season. Once you have been to the ballfield, the sense of wonder and excitement it creates never leaves you. For Dr. Galen Irwin, the fascination with baseball, baseball cards and one of Joplin’s most famous baseball players, Charles Evard “Gabby” Street, has never faded. Free and open to the public. More information: joplinmuseum@gmail. com, 417.624.1180.

March 23: Benton Lecture, 2:30 p.m., Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main St. Celebrate Joplin’s 150th birthday with a special presentation


from historian Brad Belk about the mural, Joplin at the Turn of the Century – 1896-1906, created by Thomas Hart Benton for Joplin’s 100th birthday. Learn about the significance of Benton’s only autobiographical work and how he reconnected with his home in the latter years of his career. See the presentation of the Sesquicentennial Quilt of the City of Joplin by the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters, and enjoy birthday cookies and punch. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.4789.


Through March 4: Thomas Hart Benton, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. For the first time ever, view the entire collection of editioned lithographs from Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. Free; donations appreciated. Info: jhenning@, 417.623.0183.

Through March 4: The Thread that Connects by Holly Wilson, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Multimedia artist Holly Wilson creates figures that serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, vulnerabilities and strengths. Free; donations appreciated. Info: jhenning@spivaarts. org, 417.623.0183.

March 23: Opening Reception: Spiva in Bloom: An Exhibition in Flowers, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Celebrate the art of floral design! Local floral designers have created beautiful arrangements inspired by works from PhotoSpiva 2023. This reception, in their honor, will be a wonderful first look at these amazing displays! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

March 24: Spiva in Bloom Luncheon (ages 21+), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Enjoy a catered lunch while surrounded by the PhotoSpiva 2023 exhibition and the gorgeous floral works from Spiva in Bloom: An Exhibition in Flowers. Seating is limited; each table seats eight guests. Registration required; register at Cost: $50 per person, $350 to reserve a table. More information:, 417.623.0183.


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

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

Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. More information:, 417.623.0183. Registration required.

March 4: Pastel Still Life with Kinley Young (ages 12+), 10 a.m.-noon. Working with pastels can be tricky, but with the help of artist Kinley Young, you can learn tips and techniques to create pastel art from a still life. Registration required; register at $25. More information: jhenning@spivaarts. org, 417.623.0183.

March 4: Glass Weaving with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 1-3 p.m. Glass artist Jane McCaulley is at it again with a new fused

glass class. Learn how to weave glass and make your own beautiful dish. Registration required; register at $35. More information:, 417.623.0183.

March 4: Painting with Fibers with Stacy Heydt (ages 15+), 1-5 p.m. Paint your own beautiful spring image with alpaca wool! Stacy Heydt will teach this fun textile technique and students will take home their framed work. Registration required; register at $35. More information:, 417.623.0183.

March 21-23: Crafting Comics & Manga: Story Building Blocks Spring Break Camp with Aidan-Avalon Aldrighetti (ages 12-17), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn the basics of comic/manga creation, from designing fun characters, developing worlds and narrative conflict, to putting everything together through visual storytelling that culminates in a short comic. Registration required; register at $50. More information: jhenning@, 417.623.0183.

March 21-23: Spring Break Sew Cool Textiles Camp with Stacy Heydt (ages 6-11), noon-4 p.m. Kids will have a blast learning hand embroidery and basic sewing skills and will make their own bracelets, stuffed pocket pals and coin bags. Registration required; register at $75. More information:, 417.623.0183.

March 25: Spiva in Bloom Morning Workshop (ages 21+), 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m. Create gorgeous floral arrangements. Registration required; register at All materials provided. $40 per person. More information: jhenning@spivaarts. org, 417.623.0183.


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

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

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 a.m. 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: Call the gallery at 417.553.0835 to sign up.

Every Tuesday: Beginner’s watercolor class, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $20. Bring your own supplies. Ages 8 and up.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday: 2 p.m., $20. Improve your painting and learn principles of design. Bring your own watercolor, oils or acrylic paint.

March 10: Watercolor, 1-3 p.m., all supplies furnished; $30.

March 11: Saturday Paint Class, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $30, includes all supplies and ice cream cone from Caroline’s; ages 8 and up. Paint Monet or Van Gogh; Artists Jesse McCormick, Percilla Penner and Margie Moss.

March 16: Fused Glass, 4-5:30 p.m. Weaving a small candy dish; $35, includes all supplies; ages 10 to adult. Artist: Jane McCaulley.

March 18: FUNdamentals of Paint Pouring, 6 p.m. One 8x10 and one 11x14; $40, includes all supplies. Ages 9 and up. Artist: Mary Parks.

Neosho, MO

March 24 & 25: The Many Disguises of Robin Hood, 7 p.m. Crowder College, 601 Laclede Ave. One of the most famous fictional characters ever created appears on Crowder College’s stage during The Many Disguises of Robin Hood. In merry ol’ England, the townspeople are overtaxed and overwhelmed. Luckily, the mysterious outlaw Robin Hood is giving them hope by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. More information:, 417.455.5458.

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What’s Happening Calendar of Events SMTO

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 p.m., Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

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

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

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

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

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, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.

March 1: Pisces Zodiac Painting, 5-7 p.m. March includes the “last” sign in the zodiac, Pisces. Those born under this sign are known for their imagination, so let it run rampant in this small acrylic makeand-take workshop! $25, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10; ages: 14 and older.

March 2: Octopus Hug Painting, 5-7 p.m. This octopus, Inky Tuscadero, is lamenting hugging boats too hard. This is a small acrylic make and take. $25, due at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older; class limit: 10.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2: Beginning Stained Glass, 1:304:30 p.m. A 12-15-hour course for the beginning stained glass art student or for someone who wishes to improve stained glass skills. You will learn to score, break, groze, grind, copper foil and solder your creation. All tools, glass and supplies provided. Protective eyewear required; regular eyeglasses are sufficient. Please do not wear open-toed shoes. Class is limited to eight participants who pay. Cost: $150, due at time of registration to guarantee a seat. Ages 18 and older; minimum of four students required to hold the workshop.

March 11: Ceramic Birdhouse, 1-3 p.m. Create your own handbuilt ceramic birdhouse. All supplies and kiln-firings included. Cost: $45, due at time of registration. Ages 10 and up. Class size: 12 people.

March 18: Mardi Gras Paint Party, 2-4 p.m. Get out your Mardi Gras beads and join in a pour painting Mardi Gras party! We will have king cake, and whoever gets the “baby” will receive a gift bag. We will dip our canvas and create a unique painting. Everything you need is supplied. Cost: $35, due at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older; class size: 10 participants.

March 21: Cetus Zodiac Painting, 5-7 p.m. As noted by NASA, there is a new (old) first astrological sun sign. Cetus is for March 21-28, a mere seven days. Cetus is known to be a combo of Pisces and Aries traits with a dash of destruction and rebirth. Cost: $25, due at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older. Class limit: 10.

March 25: Fused Glass Windchimes, 1-4 p.m. Basic glass-cutting skills will be demonstrated, so no experience is necessary. You will create your chime using a variety of glass colors and shapes. Please wear close-toed shoes. After fusing in a glass kiln, your glass suncatchers will be available for pickup March 30 at the Gallery. Class size: 10, ages: 12 and older.

March 28: Aries Zodiac Painting, 5-7 p.m. Aries is now the second astrological sun sign. Aries are known for being relentless and fearless. Cost: $25, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10. Ages: 14 and older.

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

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

March 4: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., CJ Community Center. Cost: Adults $6; children under 6 years, $3. Call 417.439.7724. Carthage, MO

March 4: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609.

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 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www. *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

March 4 & 5: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 1 p.m. Throughout Carver’s life, many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors, encouraged him to succeed.

March 11 & 12: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins, 1 p.m. Mariah Watkins’ influence on George Washington Carver during his stay in her Neosho, Missouri, home strengthened his self-esteem, nurtured his faith in God and encouraged him to pursue his education.

March 16: Coffee with Carver, 10 a.m. George Washington Carver encouraged impoverished share cropping families of the South to enrich their meals with nutrient-dense plants, which were readily available. His agriculture bulletins will be on display. Following this presentation, volunteer Linda will share information on wild, edible plants.

March 18 & 19: Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some oftenoverlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

March 25 & 26: Film: Top Secret Rosies, 1 p.m. Known as the Female Computers of WWII, this Public Broadcasting System film shares a largely untold story of the women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. (60 min.)

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 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 p.m., until Thursday at 8 p.m., at http://localline. ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. More information:


March 3: The Woman’s Club of Joplin Club Day, noon, Harry M Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, 212 West 7th St. Lunch is $15, and there will be a tour of the facility included. Enter on the west side and park in one of the two Wall Street lots. For more information or for reservations, call or text 417.483.6336.

March 28: Joplin Area Welcome Club Lunch, noon. Meet at Turkey Creek Permaculture Farm for a box lunch and tour. Guests welcome. For more info, contact or check Facebook.

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 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email or visit for upcoming events. Parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28: Virtual: Outdoor Cooking: Cast Iron and Dutch Oven Basics and Selection, 12 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 10 and up. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In part one of this sixpart series, we will discuss the basics of cast iron cooking and how to select the right tools to meet every need around the campfire.

March 17: Little Acorns: Spring Peepers, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. It’s time for some frogfrolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny peepers. Join us to learn more about the first frog we hear in springtime and make a take-home craft.

March 18: Nature Explorers: Spring Stroll, 10 a.m. Registration required; all ages. Join us as we search for animals and wildflowers around our area and the Wildcat Park Trails. Bring binoculars if you’d like, dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. The stroll is less than a mile. Meet at the education center gazebo next to the building.

March 18: Conservation Kids: Birds in Watercolor, 1:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 7 to 17. Join local Missouri Master Naturalist Volunteer Dione Friel and MDC staff to learn how to paint birds in watercolor while learning about Missouri birds and why they are important to you. It does not matter your skill level. All materials provided.

March 22: Spring BINGO, 10 a.m. Registration required; ages: 5 and up. Join us for this fun and educational twist on traditional bingo during the spring season. Win prizes and see live animals, too.

March 23: Nature Journaling, 6:30 p.m. Registration required; ages: 12 and up. Nature journaling is an expressive and creative way for people of all skill levels to learn about and appreciate nature. Join an MDC naturalist to talk about different methods of keeping a nature journal and participate in activities to get your creative juices flowing! A drawing will be held for an MDC nature journal and coloring pencils.

March 24: Fun Fishy, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No registration required. All ages. Join us for activities that are fun and fishy. Stop by any time and learn about different types of fish in Missouri, how to cast a fishing line, fish for backyard bass in our side yard (weather permitting) and make a fun fish to take home. Demonstrations on fly tying will be ongoing.

March 25: Raptors and Falconry, 1 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 5 and up. Falconry is the ancient art and hunting sport of using trained birds of prey to hunt wild game. It was introduced to the United States in 1622 by England, and though it has evolved over the years, one thing remains the same: the bond between the falconer and their bird. Join Meagan Duffee-Yates, master falconer, as she discusses the rich history of falconry, the steps involved in becoming a falconer and the importance of raptor conservation.

Webb City, MO

Saturdays: Webb City Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Farm-fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies, humanely raised meats and so much more. Information: 417.438.5833.

March 3: First Friday, 7-10 p.m., Just a Taste, presented by Vintage Swing Movement. Swing dance lessons, 7 p.m.; live jazz and dancing, 8-10 p.m.; band this month is JOMO Jazz. Feel free to try out your new moves and/or kick back and relax to some sweet tunes and delicious cocktails. Adult: $8 in advance, $10 at the door; student: $5. Call 417.673.1154.

March 31 & April 1: Spring Shop Hop, 5 p.m. Annual spring shopping event. Enjoy a fun weekend of shopping in Webb City! Take advantage of the great sales going on, ride the trolley and enjoy a meal and/or a beverage.

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.

March 11: Yoga in Nature-Adults, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 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 by visiting our Facebook page or emailing

March 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 a.m., 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 maddie@

March 15 & 18: Preschool Connections: The Mixed-Up Chameleon, free, for ages 3-7. March 15, 10-11 a.m., and March 18, 1-2 p.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is an interesting lizard. We will learn about him and then about the collared lizards at Wildcat Glades. A story, a song and a craft will give us busy time! And we may even meet our collared lizards, Rango and Beans! Must pre-register. Please do so by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing us at

March 18: Nature Explorers: Spring Stroll, 10-11 a.m. Free, for ages 7-14. Join us to look for spring wildflowers, migratory birds singing and the insects that are just emerging. This program will be for Nature Explorers but is open to family groups as well. We will walk with Wildcat Glades naturalists and naturalists from the Missouri Department of Conservation. You must pre-register by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing us at

March 21: Adult Program: Native Plant Gardening, 6-8 p.m. Ages 13+. Free. Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Join us to learn about planting native Missouri plants in your own yard. Missouri has many native plant species that are both beautiful and functional for ecosystems. Small yard spaces can serve as good habitat for wildlife, and even a container with natives on an apartment balcony is valuable. You must pre-register, either by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing

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EVENTS Northeast OK

March 3-5: 25th Annual Home & Garden Show

102 Lennel Drive (formerly Whoops), Grove

If you would like vendor information, give us a call at 918.786.9079 or stop by the Chamber office at 111 W. 3rd in downtown Grove.

March 10: Alter Bridge at Downstream Casino 7:30-10:30 p.m., Downstream Casino, 69300 Nee Rd., Quapaw

The Pawns & Kings Tour is arriving at Downstream Casino with Mammoth WVH and Pistols at Downs. New album is out this October.

March 11 & 12: 2023

Grand Lake Renaissance Festival

Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12-6 p.m. Craig County Fairgrounds & Community Center, 915 E. Apperson Rd., Vinita

Step back in time to Scotland in the year 1540 & join the villagers as they welcome Their Majesties

Queen Margaret Tudor, Queen Marie de Guise, and Queen Etain back to the village of Queensferry, Scotland nestled on the banks of the Firth of Forth!

March 18, 7-10 p.m.

66 KIX Tour, A Tribute to Oklahoma Music Legends

103 N. Main St., Miami

The purpose of the 66 Kix Tour is to pay tribute to songwriters and musicians in each of the eight states Route 66 traverses, honoring musical legends while showcasing a new generation of gifted artists. The tour will be a monthly concert at various Route 66 destinations, such as concert venues, roadside cafes and restaurants, and tourist attractions on the Mother Road. The tribute songs will be sung by the best of local musicians and vocalists in each state.

March 24-26, 7 p.m., Coleman Theatre Beautiful Sunny Side Up Film Festival, Stand-Up Comedy: Karen Knotts

Karen Knotts is a hilarious performer and has written a book, Tied Up In Knotts, as a tribute to her beloved father, Don Knotts. She’ll also do a book signing, autographs, etc.

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

Happy March from CJACC! We are gearing up for multiple community events in the spring, and celebrations with our chamber businesses and organizations. Next month, we are celebrating our community with the 22nd Annual Carl Junction Community & Education Awards Banquet Thursday, April 13, at the Cornell Complex in downtown Joplin. That night, we will honor nominees in seven community award categories and announce the winners. We love partnering with the Carl Junction R-1 School District as they honor their staff and teachers for all they do for our students. They will announce their award winners, too. It’s going to be an evening to remember!


all our neighborhoods for the best deals. Carl Junction is THE place to be that weekend.

Learn more about all our upcoming events on our calendar at

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THE DATE for Carl Junction Spring City Wide Sales Saturday, April 22, which is one of the most fun spring days in CJ. Stop by Bailey’s Family Dining for breakfast and then head out to

Where it’s ‘COOL’ to be YOU!

Visit these local establishments to experience a variety of creative events this spring:

JOPLIN ARTS DISTRICT NEWS - A snapshot of news, events and activities happening in January.

Beast & Barrel, 530 South Main Street: The paintings of Andrew Batcheller exhibited in March and April. Meet the artist March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Blackthorn Pizza and Pub, 510 South Joplin Avenue: Open mic 8:30 p.m. each Sunday. Singer/songwriter open mic on second Wednesday at 8 p.m. All ages until 10 p.m., no cover. Join them March 11 at 10 p.m. for Timmy

Maino & the Constant Distractions with Nicolas Cage, $5, 21+.

Brew Pub & Parlor, 813 South Main Street: Karaoke every Tuesday, 8 p.m., 21+, no cover.

Connect2Culture, 212 W. 7th Street: “Danu,” a Celtic band, March 9, 7 p.m. Members of Second City Swipe Right: the Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night will perform Friday, March 24, at 7 p.m., for a mature audience. And actress and singer Jessica Vosk performs songs from Broadway Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. For ticket information and other details, call 417.501.5550. All performances are held in the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex.

Chaos Brewing Company, 122 South Main Street: Free Trivia Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Club 609, 609 South Main Street: “Broken But Beautiful” with artists Teresa Barraza and Ginger Copeland during March. Reception is March 2 during First Thursday ArtWalk.

Dream Theatre, 124 South Main Street: Firebringer March 2-4, for mature audiences. Tickets are $20, show begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 417.622.6470 for more information and ticket reservations.

First Thursday ArtWalk opens its 16th year March 2 with seven locations 5:308:30 p.m. in downtown historic Joplin. Artists, musicians and host businesses offer a pleasant evening of local arts experiences. Find a map of locations posted on Facebook/firstthursdayartwalkjoplinEvents.

Third Thursdays street festival is an outside, community event on Main Street from First through Seventh streets. The season begins March 16, 5:308:30 p.m. Learn more at JoplinThirdThursday.

Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 South Joplin Avenue: Open Mic Night every fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., free.

Artist Eric Beezley’s “Contemporary Collection“ of abstract works shows during March. Meet Eric March 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the back room.

Local Color Art Gallery, 1027 South Main Street: Painter Paula Giltner teachies advanced painting every Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. $20 walk-in; bring your supplies for your medium.

Plant Parenthood, 528 South Main Street: Artwork from artists Marta Churchwell, Merlen White, Connie Miller, Brent Skinner and others. Meet the artists March 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Urban Art Gallery, 511 South Main Street: Robin Habnar with her faith-based show “Inspired by God” using people, animals, objects all as Christian symbols. Artist reception is March 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 West Seventh Street: Presents the closing week of Holly Wilson’s The Thread That Connects; The Third Grade show with installation of a mural they created studying the Holly Wilson show; and Thomas Hart Benton: The Complete Editioned Lithographs. New exhibits opening March 18 include the “2023 Jo Mueller Small Works Auction”, “Photospiva 2023” in its 47th year as a national juried show of photography; PhotoSpiva Kids and Teens, and Jim Mueller: Local Legacy.

Blackthorn Pizza & Pub 510 S. Joplin Ave Joplin, MO


Facebook: @ BlackthornPizza&Pub

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.

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.

Countryside in
Florist • Event Planner Event Venue 422 S. Joplin Ave. 417.781.3719

Spring is in the air in Carthage.

With flowers beginning to peek out and the trees starting to flourish, we couldn’t be more excited to kick off a fun spring. We encourage everyone to shop Carthage as all of our stores are having big sales that are saving shoppers money. Carthage is full of unique shopping not only around the square but throughout the whole community. Enjoy a relaxing day at two of our day spas, The Palms and The Pavilion. Both facilities will pamper you and get you feeling great.

The Chamber recently honored the Small Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and many more at its annual banquet held Feb. 23. This event was on a three-year hiatus from the last time there was an in-person event. To read about all of the winners and to see photos, visit the Carthage Chamber at

March 2023 • • 19 Space available for your business to sponsor this page! Call or email for rates417.850.5557 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!  Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply 2309 Fair Lawn Dr. 417.358.3529
Get rested up during March because April in Carthage is packed full of great activities and events we can’t wait to share with you! For more information about the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, contact us at 417.358.2373.

This Irish apple cake is not only delicious, it’s versatile. This cake can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a dessert. The spongy texture, tart apples and sweet butterscotch chips are sure to be a fantastic treat.

Irish Apple Cake


2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder


1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped (2 cups)

1 cup chopped pecans

1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into the sugar mixture until blended. Stir in apples and pecans.

Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch cake pan. Sprinkle with chips. Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-60 minutes. Cover loosely with foil during the last 10-15 minutes to prevent over-browning if necessary. Cool on a wire rack.


Club 609

Always a Downtown Favorite

Club 609 is a beloved restaurant in downtown Joplin that has been a destination for locals for over 33 years. The atmosphere is inviting and dynamic, with eclectic decor and shimmering lights. During the downtown art walk season, the restaurant features local artists’ work that changes monthly, adding to the lively atmosphere. Owner Linda Williams has created something special with Club 609, and it’s a great spot to check out for a night out.

Show Me photographer, Mandy Edmonson, and I had an excellent experience at 609. Every dish was cooked perfectly and plated beautifully. We started with the Nachos 2.0, which were packed with flavor and had a nice kick from the jalapenos. The Ahi Tuna Bruschetta was also delicious. It’s a baguette topped with basil pesto, sundried tomatoes and tasty strips of ahi tuna. The tuna appetizer was plated just as well as it tasted with a balsamic reduction garnish.

For our entrees, we had the beef filet topped with bacon-wrapped scallops and the Chicken Oscar. The filet and scallops were both cooked to perfection, and the asparagus spears and loaded baked potato were incredible sides. The Chicken Oscar was a tower of tempting food. A tender chicken breast topped with asparagus, a flaky crab cake, half of a tomato and all topped with delicious bearnaise sauce.

We also sampled two custom cocktails from the 609 bar—the Grape Crush and the Old Fashioned—and both were delicious.

The food is consistent and delicious, with a menu of over 120 items that are refreshed once a year and always include beloved favorites. Happy hour at Club 609 is the best in town, with a huge selection of drinks available from 2-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the weekends.

If you’re looking for a great meal and a fun atmosphere, Club 609 is a perfect choice.

March 2023 • • 21 >> Club 609 is located at 609 Main Street • Joplin, Missouri • 417.623.6090 • • Open: M-F 11am-10pm; Saturday 11am-10:30pm

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Casa Montez

4224 S. Main St. • Joplin, MO


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 walk-up window. $-$$

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-8 pm

Red Onion Café

203 E. 4th • Downtown Joplin, MO 417.623.1004 •

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 gluten-free, 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. $-$$

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-9 pm

Club 609

609 Main Street • Joplin, MO


“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. $-$$$

Hours: Kitchen open Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm Saturday 11 am-10:30 pm • Bar open later

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.

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2707 E. 32nd Street • Joplin, MO 417.624.3466 •

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. $$-$$$

Hours: Monday -Saturday: 11 am-9 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Just A Taste

105 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO 417.673.9463 •

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.

Shawanoe Restaurant

70220 East Hwy 60 • Wyandotte, OK 888.992 SKY1

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. 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. $-$$$

Bailey’s Family Dining

1200 Briarbrook Dr. • Carl Junction, MO 417.781.2944 • Like us on Facebook!

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. $-$$

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

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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 a beautiful meal in an elegant, yet approachable finedining 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!


Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm • Closed Sunday Haven 55

408 Havenhurst Drive • Pineville, MO 417.223.2055 •

Haven 55 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.


Kascade Steakhouse

988 S. Country Club Rd • Carthage, MO 417.553.7357 • Like us on Facebook!

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

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

Hours: Tues-Sat for lunch 11 am-2 pm, and dinner 5 pm-9 pm

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Mis Arcos

1926 S. Garrison Ave. • Carthage, MO 417.237.0547

For the delicious authentic Mexican food you crave, there’s no place like MisArcos. 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 two for $5 margaritas? Mis Arcos is the 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

4321 S. Chapel Road • Carthage, MO 417.358.2000

“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

Undercliff Grill & Bar

6835 Old Highway 71 • Joplin, MO 417.629.2869 •

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.


Trackside Burgers & BBQ

1515 West 10th St. • Joplin, MO 417.717.1161

Trackside Burgers & BBQ offers freshly made items to order. Chef Mike and his staff offer the old-fashioned hamburgers everyone loves and more, from homemade sauces and seasoned fries to perfectly prepared chicken sandwiches and onion rings. Chef Mike wants to share his love for food and his heart to serve people. Call about catering for your next party or event! $-$$

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 am-8 pm; Saturday, 11 am-3 pm

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The Vogue Boutique

144 S. Main • Carl Junction, MO

Just 10 minutes from downtown Joplin 417.649.7911

Insta: @thevogueboutiquecj

Facebook: thevogueboutiquecj

Gift yourself something special! The Vogue Boutique has all the favorite hard-to-find lines everyone loves, such as Hunter, Birkenstock, Ecco, Hobo, Liverpool, Mackenzie-Childs, Kendra Scott, Julie Vos, E-Newton, Musse Bath, Tokyo Milk, Archive, Sweet Grace, Mudpie, Tyler, Capri Blue and many more! Let our friendly staff help you choose the perfect outfit or pair of shoes at The Vogue Boutique, 144 South Main Street, in the heart of historic downtown Carl Junction just across from the Post Office. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop online anytime at

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 small-town store has gifts, home decor, one-of-a-kind finds and FASHION!! 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.


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

Facebook & Instagram: @SocietyWebbCity

Society Marketplace is ready to dress you up in the perfect Spring outfit. With new items arriving weekly, Society has everything you’ll want to accessorize for Spring. Find unique leather cuffs and jewelry or create your own custom hat. Whatever you’re searching for, you’ll find the latest trends in clothing, accessories, and shoes at Society. Don’t forget about Ladies Night where you can indulge in a fun-filled pampering evening with your friends. Society also has a great selection of permanent jewelry. Society Marketplace is exactly as the name says- a community of people!

Wig’N Out Boutique

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

Say hello to sunny days with the perfect outfit from Wig’N Out Boutique. You’ll find all the stylish clothing, shoes and accessories for your perfect spring look. While you’re in, let an experienced stylist show you the new wigs, hairpieces and extensions. Wig’N Out is here to help you look and feel your best! And always remember: “We’ve got you covered from head to toe!” Call them today to schedule your consultation.

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Club 1201

1201 E. 32nd Street • Joplin, MO

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, “outof-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 am-2 pm. We are available for out-of-house and in-house events and catering 7 days a week.

Blue Moon Boutique

613 S. Main Street • Joplin, MO • 417.553.0826

Facebook: @Blue Moon Boutique Joplin

We are so excited to offer the Kedzie athletic sling bags with mixand-match guitar straps. Kedzie crossbody sling bag is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are going to a party, heading to work or traveling, it is your perfect daily companion to wear cross body or as a sling bag. Great for gifts, too! At Blue Moon Boutique, you’ll always find unique clothing and accessories, quirky home decor and gifts, locally made artwork and more. If you have an eclectic, boho style, then Blue Moon Boutique will be right up your alley!

The Paw Spa • A Bathhouse for Dogs

323 S. Main • Carthage, MO • 417.359.5190

The Paw Spa Bathhouse for Dogs is THE place to treat your dog to a spa day! Located next to BigDog Boutique on the Carthage square, Paw Spa features full grooming, wash services, nail trims and selfserve wash stations. Everything is provided to wash your own dog, including premium shampoos and conditioners, brushes, towels and chamois, and heated dryers. We even take care of all clean-up! If do-it-yourself isn’t your thing, let us give your dog a bath while you shop around the square. Paw Spa also offers full grooming in a quiet, one-on-one environment. Check us out on Facebook at PawSpaBathhouse or call 417.356.5190.

Big R’s Pies 417. 437.3135 was 23 years in the making. Owner Twyla Housh sold the barbecue portion of Big R’s in April, 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.

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At Extreme Sports Scuba, we offer beginning scuba and a large list of specialty classes. We don’t believe in hidden costs and supply all gear for the Open Water SCUBA Diver Course except for boots. The Open Water Scuba course is only $395 per person and includes educational material. Now is the perfect time to learn to dive! Come see us and like us on Facebook.

‘Tis the season for all shades of green in the fields and soft, natural alpaca fibers and yarns. Iceman and Ryan are celebrating because we are repotting our plants in the wonderful alpaca “beans” and preparing for harvesting abundant vegetables and lovely flowers. Greet spring at Zena Suri Alpacas with tours, our alpaca store or nights in our cottage for couples. Call 804.389.2579 to visit or stay.

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Celebrating The Jo p l i n Sesquicentennial 150 50 YEARSofMemories, G r o w th and Impact

What do you hope to be remembered for on your 150th birthday?

Joplin is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. Learn more about a vintage baseball game, a lecture series on some historic Joplin figures, a movie series and a music series celebrating Joplin’s stars and more in this issue’s pages.

Do you remember celebrating your fifth birthday? What did you do for your 21st birthday or your 50th? Ah, life milestones that provide an overview of a life well lived. Joplin has its own milestone birthday happening this year, the sesquicentennial, and that means 150 years of memories, events and growth to honor and commemorate.

A committee of community volunteers, the Celebrations Commission, led by cochairs Patrick Tuttle and Brad Belk, have been meeting monthly for over a year to create a community party for all.

continued,” Belk said. “The perseverance to face any issue, and the values that bond us are known worldwide. Joplin is synonymous with these traits.”

Kicking off the celebration events March 21 is the Joplin Sesquicentennial Lecture Series, with a presentation, “The Life of Gabby Street,” presented by Dr. Galen Irwin.

Charles Evard Street acquired the name Gabby in his early years and was known by that nickname for the rest of his life.

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“The Celebration Commission has focused on history, culture and education as the main driver for planning events,” Tuttle said. “We hope Joplin’s unique place in regional, state, national and world events creates a heightened sense of value to all ages who participate.”

And why is it important for the community to remember our history? Belk observed a common theme as he and the Commission reviewed memorabilia and documents from past events impacting the city: perseverance. “Though the founding of Joplin was from an era of mining and now the mining is gone, the strength of our citizens has

A baseball enthusiast, Street became immortal for being the first to catch a ball thrown from the Washington Monument. The year was 1908.

Gabby Street came to Joplin to become player-manager of the Joplin Miners in 1922, leading them to a league and intersectional championship that year.

In 1923, he married Joplin resident Lucinda Chandler, and they made their home in Joplin for the rest of their lives.

Gabby Street was a Joplin celebrity. The Joplin Globe and Joplin News Herald regularly reported on his activities; Joplin honored him with Gabby Street Day, including a parade with 27 units and the dedication of Gabby Street Boulevard.

In 1980, Dr. Irwin, the evening’s presenter, regained his love for baseball cards and began collecting cards of Gabby Street and various memorabilia related to Gabby. His latest project is to obtain cards of all players who played or managed in Joplin and the major leagues and players born in Joplin or in Southwest Missouri.

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Let’s go!

Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.: “A Street Becomes a Boulevard: A Life in Baseball and Joplin”

Go at 6 p.m. for hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and Crackerjacks, sponsored by the Joplin Historical Society and Southwest Missouri Bank.

Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Free admission; guests can also view Dr. Irwin’s Gabby Street baseball memorabilia collection.

Baseball will take center stage twice with a day of baseball at historic Joe Becker Stadium April 15.

One featured event will be a Vintage Base Ball Association exhibition game. These lovers of the game are to baseball what Civil War reenactors are to preserving Civil War era history. The game will put the Westerns Base Ball Club of Topeka against the St. Louis Brown Stockings in a rare meeting of the two clubs.

Before and after the vintage game, high school varsity teams will take the field in regularly scheduled matches. The varsity players from Columbus, Kansas, will take on Galena, Kansas, and Pittsburg, Kansas, will play Joplin.

Each high school team will take on a Mining Camp persona to bring the history and competitive nature of the Tristate Mining District alive as a sesquicentennial event. With this, the team uniforms will be an older style jersey (T-shirt) and ball cap with dated fonts and numbers.

The schedule may vary slightly, but is tentatively set as:

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Galena Miners vs. Columbus Bombers

1:00-2:30 p.m. Westerns Base Ball Club of Topeka vs. St. Louis Brown Stockings

3:30-5:15 p.m. Joplin Miners vs.


Coal Diggers

The VBBA game is sponsored by Joplin’s Robert S. Thurman, American Legion Post 13.

The Joplin Celebrations Commission will also mark Joplin’s milestone anniversary through the history of several notable people who, at some time in their lives, called Joplin home. The group continues its plans with memorable music makers and Joplin natives who made their mark in the music business and helped put Joplin on the map.

Ragtime music featuring the music of Joplin native son Percy Wenrich and other Missouri contributors will be highlighted April 14 and 15. According to information supplied by the Celebrations Commission, Percy Wenrich was born in Joplin Jan. 23, 1880. His mother taught him the piano and organ as a young boy, and at 21, he enrolled in the Chicago Music College. He published his first songs while still attending college. As his career was starting, Percy wrote in various styles, but his rags proved to be the most successful.

After graduation, Wenrich worked in a Milwaukee music store before moving to New York. In 1906, he married Dolly Connolly, and for over 15 years, the couple performed on the vaudeville stage, while Wenrich continued writing songs and collaborating with composers and lyricists throughout the country.

Wenrich is ranked among America’s most renowned composers. He was a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Wenrich is buried at Joplin’s Fairview Cemetery.

Here’s the schedule of events for your calendar:

A free evening concert with performances by two International Champion quartets, Quorum and Duly

Noted will be held April 14. The song selection will include music from two genuinely American forms of music: ragtime and barbershop.

Featuring new and unique arrangements from Wenrich’s song catalog, the concert will also showcase many barbershop quartets from Joplin and the surrounding area in a mass chorus of barbershop-style singers, men and women of all ages, under the direction of Jeff Veteto of Springfield’s Show-Me Statesmen Chorus.

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About the performers:

Duly Noted

Duly Noted participated in the 2019 Sweet Adelines International Rising Star competition in Manchester, England after only one year together, and was named the 2019 Rising Star Champions. Having scored high enough at Regionals that same year, they qualified as a Wildcard Quartet at the 2019 SAI International in New Orleans, claiming the Novice Quartet award at their first international competition.

Duly Noted returned to the 2022 Region 9 Regional Contest and placed first, qualifying for the 2022 International Competition in Phoenix, Arizona. The group was ecstatic to make the Top 10 at the 2022 International Contest and is now the seventh-ranked quartet in Sweet Adelines International.

All four ladies are passionate about barbershop. Madison Riviere (Slamka), lead, and Emily Ellsworth (Hitt), bass, are homegrown barber shoppers as children of Barbershop International Champions. Raegan Stauffer, a tenor, and KaleyAnna Raabe, a baritone, were introduced to barbershop singing in high school under the direction of their chorus director, Debbie Cleveland.


Quorum is a quartet with members of varying levels of experience singing barbershop harmony. Spanning three different states, people would consider them a “long-distance” quartet, yet the four members have been connected in different ways for many years.

Quorum is the 2015 Johnny Appleseed District Quartet Champion. As of July 2022, the group became the reigning International Barbershop Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, finishing first at the contest in Charlotte, North Carolina. The group consists of Gary Lewis, bass; Chris Vaughn, lead; Jacob “Puck” Ross, tenor; and Nathan Johnston, baritone.

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Let’s go!

Friday, April 14, 7 PM

Taylor Performing Arts Center, Missouri Southern State University

General admission seating, free to the public.

The community is invited to the next day’s event: Percy Wenrich, “The Joplin Kid,” Tribute to Ragtime.

This evening performance will be in two acts.

Act One is a tribute to the music of Percy Wenrich and will highlight some of his most famous songs, including Moonlight Bay, When You Wore a Tulip, Red Rose Rag, Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet and many more.

The music of fellow Missouri ragtimers Scott Joplin, James Scott, Eddie Kuhn and “Ragtime Bob” Darch will also be honored.

Steve Spracklen and Robin Braun will respectively portray Percy and his wife, Dolly Connolly, in song and vaudevillian schtick in the fashion the famous couple was known for in the early 1900s.

Act Two highlights the many Percy Wenrich songs composed in four-part harmony and a perfect fit for barbershop quartets. Two international champion quartets, Quorum and Duly Noted will perform a selection of songs, concluding with a celebration chorus comprised of local and regional barber shoppers, plus an additional large community chorus along with audience participation in a patriotic finale.

About the performers:

Steve Spracklen was nicknamed Joplin Kid II, a bestowed honor by the ragtime community, as Percy Wenrich was known as The Joplin Kid. Spracklen took the role of Percy Wenrich at the Joplin 95th birthday celebration in 1968 and was featured at the 1973 Joplin Centennial program honoring Joplin’s native son Percy Wenrich.

For decades, Spracklen toured the United States and Canada and was selected in 1979 by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company to play on the new steamboat, the Mississippi Queen. Forty years later, Spracklen continues entertaining audiences on the storied steamboat navigating the Big Muddy.

A resident of Monett, Missouri, Robin Braun earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Graceland College and her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana/ Champaign.

Braun has been active as a vocal artist with Ozark Festival Orchestra and is the lead singer in her four-piece band Robin’s Hood, which has played throughout Southwest Missouri since its inception six years ago.

Also featured in the concert are the Heartland Concert Band, banjoist Clarke Buehling and ragtime pianists Bill Rowland and Susan Cordell.

Let’s go!

SATURDAY, April 15, 7 PM

Taylor Performing Arts Center, MSSU

Limited reserve seating is available for $15, and general admission seating is free.

The Celebrations Commission wishes to thank Joplin’s Stanley Family for sponsoring this event. The family is a descendant of Eddie Kuhn, another significant Missouri songwriter/musician of the ragtime era. The Celebrations Commission will continue the party with a focus on films with a Joplin connection starting April 13 and running through July at various Joplin venues.

The film festival will start with the 1967 movie, “Bonnie and Clyde,” that showcases the 1933 Joplin shootout on this 90th anniversary of the tragic events where two Joplin lawmen lost their lives. Academy Award winners Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star in this groundbreaking film as a glamorous couple of Depression-era bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde. When Bonnie Parker (Dunaway) catches Clyde Barrow (Beatty) stealing her mother’s car, it is love at first sight and the two begin a nationwide crime spree. As young gangsters in love, who attack the wealthy establishment and live by their own rules, Bonnie and Clyde capture the attention of an entire country and, for a short time, manage to elude law enforcement.

The film will be shown outdoors at Landreth Park with lawn chair and blanket seating. Food trucks will be at the park at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Other films in the Joplin Goes to the Movies series include:

April 20: “Saboteur,” made in 1942 and featuring Joplin native Bob Cummings.

May 11: “Captain Salvation,” made in 1927 and featuring Joplin native Pauline Stark.

May 25: “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” made in 1954 with a background story shared by Carol Parker.

June 8: The 1971 film “Duel,” featuring Joplin native Dennis Weaver.

June 22: “On Moonlight Bay,” the 1951 classic featuring the music of Joplin native Percy Wenrich.

July 13: “The Hitch-Hiker,” made in 1953, telling the tragic story of the Mosser family at the villainous hands of Billy Cook.

July 27: The 1949 film “Alimony,” featuring Joplin native John Beal.

More details about these film events will come as the dates get closer. And to learn more about all the other Celebrations Commission events throughout 2023, visit and Facebook/

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It is our people who make Joplin’s true history. What names will be added to those of Cox, Murphy, Schifferdecker, Junge, Robertson, Roper and Stanley who will be the definers of our next 150 years?
~Patrick Tuttle, Celebrations Commission Co-Chair



2707 E. 32nd St. • Joplin, MO • 417.624.3466

Enjoy dinner on the patio! At Finn’s, enjoy your lunch or dinner on the patio in the comfort of their warm heaters and firepits. It’s the perfect time to enjoy any of their prime steaks, hormone-free chicken and handmade pasta. For dessert, Finn’s Bakery has cookies, cupcakes and cakes ready to be served. Grab your friends and head to Finn’s for a fresh cocktail on the patio. And, don’t forget, Pups on the Patio starts this month! Reservations not mandatory but encouraged.


712 E. 32nd St., Ste. 5 • Joplin, MO • 417.624.3144

Joy has been an insurance agent for 18 years and is driven by customer service. “My mother taught me at a young age to treat people with respect and dignity, which is what everyone deserves.” Previously, she worked in retail, food service and secretarial jobs. “I have always worked with the public, and I was hired by an insurance agent as his secretary and learned pretty quickly how to take care of clients.” Today, she writes and services Auto, Home and Life policies for Shelter’s clients. Over the years, Joy has learned to take a day or two for herself to relax. “I do crafts and love to visit my daughter, Ashleigh, and her husband, Jacob, in Branson and just goof around. I also work in my church with the ladies’ ministry.” She and her husband, Roger, have been married 30 years, and he has a son, Steven, from a previous marriage. They also have two cats, Lily and Penny.


Tracy Fruend • 417.812.7661

Your business is unique, and your payment solution should be, too, with the best point of sale, payment processing and payroll solutions for your business. We provide platforms that facilitate all payment types so your customers can pay on the go, online or in person. Our payment processing solutions are designed to create convenience for our merchants and their customers. We’d love to help you find the right payment solution for your business.


1301 S. Duquesne Rd. • Joplin, MO • 417.392.0917

Pleasantville Christian School is a private school located in Joplin partnering with students from three years to sixth grade. Utilizing an integrated Christian curriculum, social-emotional learning and homesteading will allow students to understand school is much more than a building. Our deep hope is for students to discover their place in God’s love story and this world. Students will attend a four-day school week, and class sizes are capped at 15 students. Now enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year. Call to learn more!

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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6


105 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. B • Joplin, MO • 417.553.0643

Gold and Silver of Joplin is the most trusted business in the Four States for all your collecting and investing needs. Eric and Kellie Gerner take pride in their business by making sure you get a great deal while also educating and informing customers. Gold and Silver of Joplin carries a full line of bullion coins/bars products, gold, silver and platinum for the beginning collector to the advanced investor. Bring all your scrap gold, silver, coins, currency, jewelry and diamonds for a no-obligation cash offer. Eric and Kellie are always buying, and they pay more! Visit them today or schedule a private appointment.


2218 Coyote Drive • Joplin, MO • 417.529.2597

New Moon Esthetics is excited to offer you an amazing self-care experience. Located inside Coyote Salon, New Moon Esthetics empowers clients to feel great about their skin, their self-esteem and improve the way they view their daily presence in the world. New Moon Esthetics has the quality of a big-city salon but is priced for the everyday working girl. Schedule time to stop and enjoy a fabulous facial, a face-smoothing dermaplane, a healing and relaxing Swedish massage or transform your brows with a great shape, lamination and tint. Do something empowering for yourself today! March special: One-hour Rejuvenating Microderm Facial AND 30-minute Swedish massage for $125.


3001 S. Range Line Rd. • Joplin, MO • 417.781.6616

Derailed Commodity Flooring & Furniture has been a staple in our community for over 54 years. Serving the Four States with one of the largest selections of in-stock flooring, including carpet, luxury vinyl tile/plank, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, hardwood and hundreds of area rugs. Check out the showroom full of beautiful furniture, including mattresses, lift chairs, recliners of every size and color, and much more! Name brands, premium quality and always new! Stop by and check out the huge variety of in-stock and special-order products. Four locations to choose from: Joplin and Butler, Missouri, and Brazilton and Independence, Kansas.


1515 W. 10th St. • 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 makes Trackside Burgers the perfect place for lunch or dinner Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Be on the lookout for the Trackside BBQ food truck that will hit streets soon.


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History Soars Sky High at Freedom of Flight Museum

The Freedom of Flight Museum in Joplin, Missouri, has soared to great heights for nearly a decade, while striving to share consequential space milestones of yesterday, today and tomorrow through several fascinating displays and real-life stories.

Freedom of Flight Museum President Darryl Coit explained one key feature is the aerospace timeline that “depicts the worldwide development of aviation and space through the years. It is important for area visitors to realize the Four-State Area had a significant part in that development.

“We show those accomplishments on our timeline: The first airplane made of aluminum, a critical patent that made the helicopter successful, a device that made aircraft carrier landings possible, rocket engines that sent the first man to the moon, a local astronaut and batteries that have left our solar system.

“If we can show our area citizens, and most importantly, our area youth, what we’ve already achieved locally, then we can stimulate their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.”

Providing kids historical perspective is pivotal to Coit. “I’m saddened when elementary school students tell me they don’t know who Neil Armstrong was, what Apollo was or who the Wright Brothers were.

“Or, when a young girl tells me her father and mother say girls can’t be pilots. By sharing history with these kids, we open a whole new world to them.”

Another component of this museum is recognizing the men and women who served our country. “Our veteran tributes are a way of connecting veterans with their friends and families. Many times, veterans return from service and never discuss their military experiences with anyone.

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“We’ve found there are interesting stories they want to relate. What was the country like? What were the people like? Did you have friends? What was your job? What was training like? These are all good stories.

“Our interviews consist of a veteran interview with the interviewee. The interviewer has researched in advance the time, world situations, units, etc., during when the veteran served.

“These interviews are posted on YouTube where they can be viewed by family and friends anywhere in the world. The stories are always good. They’re a source of good information for area youth that may be interested in a military career.”

As for other key museum happenings, Coit said, “Our STEM activities and presentations provide families with an alternative activity on weekends. They’re a vital part of our mission to create an interest in STEM subjects, which in turn creates interest and participation in our museum.”

Specific to the presentations, Coit said, “They’re generally about important aerospace history. They typically center around current or past aerospace events, people and places. The lectures are vital because they help build an interest in our museum.”

There’s lots more to discover, including the Air and Space Technology Center (ASTC), which is the personal exhibit of museum curator Ernie Trumbly and features a unique collection of instruments, controls, weapons systems, missiles and safety systems. Additionally, the museum has obtained a part of Allen Shirley’s space exhibit, which showcases the efforts of the United States’ race to the moon and helps to illustrate the great work a local historian put into the collection that contains original items documented with signatures and other proof of authenticity.

“Aerospace history is a big deal in and of itself,” Coit said. “It has changed the way we live, work, fight wars and travel. It has changed the way we dream. Our area has been part of these things, so we must remember what we accomplished and inspire us all to contribute more.”

Coit is thrilled to be involved in the museum. “I’m proud to be part of a group of people who have devoted their time and effort to this project, knowing it will help preserve our local area aerospace accomplishments and encourage and enable our youth to pursue exciting and meaningful careers.”

Freedom of Flight Museum Fast Facts

Where: Joplin Regional Airport, General Aviation Terminal located at 5501 Dennis Weaver Drive, Webb City, Missouri (Note: The airport is within the city limits of Joplin. However, the Webb City Post Office services the facility.)

Mailing Address: 5511A Dennis Weaver Drive, Webb City, MO 64870



Phone Number: 417.553.8130 (please leave a message) or 417.540.2657

Hours of Operation: Thursday and Saturday 2-5 p.m. (or by appointment)

Admission: $2 per adult (12 and under free, starting in March)

Originated: Organized in August 2012, with first exhibits set up in 2014

Original Organizers: Darryl Coit, Darlene Coit, Angie Paige, Mark Tyrrell and Ernie Trumbly with support and encouragement from former Joplin Regional Airport Manager Steve Stockham and his staff

Museum Team: President Darryl Coit, Vice President Angie Paige, Secretary Dianne Hermann, Treasurer Steve Murray, Curator Ernie Trumbly, Director of Communications Darlene Coit and Director of Marketing June Chenot

Future Facility Plans: “We are still in the very early stages of our building project,” Darryl Coit said. “We have partnered with a local engineering firm to determine the right size and features the museum will need to be sustainable. We don’t have a timeline at this point and haven’t begun a major capital campaign yet. Modern aerospace museums are changing the way they display their exhibits. The public now desires interactive displays and hands-on activities. We will incorporate these functions in our museum. We also want to be the one-stop place for aerospace activities. This will include bringing other aerospace groups into our mix of offerings.”

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Have you been seeking a sign to let you know you’re on the right path with creative or career pursuits? She may not have known she was looking for a sign, but Margie Moss got one after reading about Joplin’s upcoming sesquicentennial.

“A lightbulb went off in my mind, and I thought this would be a great way to involve area artists of all ages to tell the story of Joplin’s 150 years of history through art,” she said. “I’d always been fascinated with Joplin’s rich and fascinating mining history and had painted some of the more famous historic sights, often during a historic Murphysburg event.”

So, she invited all of the past and present artists and students from her Local Color Art Gallery and Studio to create from the large cache of Joplin history.

“Each artist chose the subject matter that piqued their interest, and artists from the Minnie Hackney Community Center added important black personalities and history to the exhibit. In the end, we had a grand showing of 92 pieces of Joplin art history in our exhibit that was on display at Spiva Center for the Arts called Local Color: REFLECTIONS of Joplin.” It was the last exhibit at the historic Cosgrove building just prior to Spiva’s move to its new home within the Cornell Complex.

Margie Moss Reflections Exhibit Captures Joplin History in Art Union Depot

The exhibit was well attended, and Moss compared the show and the city as a woven tapestry. “Each piece of art in our show was a thread of the composition. And each of us is a part of Joplin’s story. Honoring the past is important because it gives us great pride in knowing where we came from and where we’re going.”

Moss has had other signs in her life showing her the artist path was hers to embrace. It started in elementary school when her teacher praised a drawing she did of an Easter lily.

“Later, my dad and I would doodle together,” she said. “I guess art was just in our DNA. I loved creating and drawing and often designed my own clothes and then my mom, a wonderful seamstress, would do her magic with my designs.”

Moss moved forward in her creative expression after college as a

graphic designer and worked at Hallmark as a design coordinator, a job that found her working alongside talented artists who inspired and encouraged her.

And then in 1980, Moss’ husband was transferred to Joplin, and the couple moved. “We were grateful to relocate here as our parents all lived nearby,” Moss said. “I started my business, Joplin Decorating Center, creating interior designs and still using my God-given talents.”

After raising her children and building her business, Moss began painting regularly with a few local artists. “We decided we needed a place to teach and continue to paint and to sell our work,” Moss said. “That’s when we formed Joplin’s first art co-op, Local Color Art Gallery and Studio, a collective of 18 artists celebrating its 13th year in the historic Gryphon building. I’ve loved every part of it.”

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Honoring the past is important because it gives us great pride in knowing where we came from and where we’re going.
~ Margie Moss
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church St Philip’s Episcopal Church Joplin Architect Austin Allen’s home Charles Schifferdecker’s Mausoleum The Jewish Temple The Newman Building

Hensleys Choose Running for a Healthier Lifestyle

While there’s a competitive side to running, the husband-and-wife tandem of Joe and Dina Hensley, along with their son, Joe, also recognize the healthy benefits to lacing up their sneakers and going the distance.

Dina said, “I wanted to become more active and maintain good health. I’m not very athletic, so I thought running/jogging would be a good option for me. I hate to say I’m a runner because I am not very fast. I like the term jogger.”

“I suffered with severe asthma attacks as a child but, oddly, could run fast and far when I wasn’t having episodes,” the elder Joe recalled. “Running became a way to try and strengthen my lungs and cope with the days when I couldn’t breathe or go outside.

“Running later became a way to lose weight for wrestling. After high school and college, distance runs became about the only way to continue to compete athletically.”


The younger Joe followed in his parents’ footsteps, so to speak, more recently and he related, “I began running because my friend, Noah Lankard, suggested that I join him at cross-country summer training. I liked it from the first day.”

Dina said, “The main reason I run/jog is it’s the one thing I have total control over. No matter what the weather is or what body part is hurting, I feel good about myself while I’m running. I also like races because my runs have a purpose.”

The elder Joe said, “It’s about getting a breath of fresh air from the stress of the day. I also get to decide how far I’m going to run, what route I’ll take, my pace and whether I listen to music, a podcast or nature. Other than the weather, I’m in total control.”

“I like the competitiveness of running,” the younger Joe said. “I not only compete against others, but also myself. I have a passion for

Joe L. and Dina Hensley (and son Joseph A. Hensley)

Fast Facts

Ages: Joe (50), Dina (51) and Joseph (15)

Joe and Dina Years Married: 22

Children: Joseph & Ella

Hometown: Webb City, Missouri

High School Alma Maters: Webb City High School (Joe, class of 1991; Dina, class of 1990; Joseph, class of 2026)

College Alma Maters: Joe, University of Missouri–Columbia, and Dina, Missouri Southern State University

College Degrees:

Joe, B.A. Psychology in ’95 and Juris Doctor in ’98 (Mizzou); Dina, B.S. in Business Administration ’95 (MSSU) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration ’97 (Mizzou)

Careers: Joe, Judge/State of Missouri; Dina, leads Benefits & Payroll for Support Staff with Webb City R-7 School District

Greatest Accomplishments Running: Joe (Dogwood Canyon North Face 50K/15K Challenge and first place overall in 2019 Ranger Run); Dina (completed three marathons, several half-marathons and 25Ks, including the Dogwood Canyon 25K); and Joseph (in just one year of running has improved 5K time at every race)

Quotable: “My high school football coach, Jerry Kill, said something during a state football championship game in 1989 that I think about almost every day,” Joe Hensley reflected. “Our offense got stopped early in the game and, uncharacteristically, Coach Kill started laughing and yelling, ‘I’m glad it’s hard! I want it to be hard! If this was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it!’ Running fast for distance does not come easy for me, and if I’m being honest with myself, my best races are probably behind me. But I’m not bad at putting my head down and grinding out the miles, and there’s something fulfilling about accomplishing something that most people avoid because it’s hard.”

running because I have the drive to do better each time I run.”

There are challenges, and the elder Joe admitted that with both he and his wife in their early 50s, there’s a battle with “Father Time. I also had knee surgery in 2022 and just didn’t bounce back like I’d hoped.

“Dina and I can’t recover from long runs like we used to, and it’s forced us to shift our focus. We often run race events together, even if one of us could’ve gone faster that day. A win for us now is just finishing an event, rather than a medal or trophy.”

Dina said, “Running affects you physically, mentally and spiritually. The physical benefits are obvious. It strengthens your heart and lungs, helps with weight control and increases your endurance.

“The mental and spiritual benefits might not be as obvious but running helps to clear your mind and reduce anxiety while providing a

feeling of self-worth. Running outside gives you a connection to nature and the beautiful world we don’t see tucked away in our houses, schools and offices.”

The younger Joe suggested, “The key is grit and the willingness to put in the work. You must put in the mileage that is appropriate for your goals, age and capabilities. You must also eat the right food and eat enough of it, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.

“You also must think outside the box. You need to stretch to help prevent injuries, do weightlifting routines designed for runners and cross-train with other cardio exercises. Running can wear out your joints and ligaments over time, but your body will last much longer if you do more than just run.”

Dina summed it up best in maintaining that what makes running so enjoyable “is pushing myself physically and mentally.”

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Over 1,300 people attended the 30th annual Joplin Business EXPO Jan. 24 and 25 at Downstream Casino Resort. Business EXPO connects businesses and the community with information about local organizations, services and products. Over 110 exhibitors had booths decorated in this year’s theme of “Your Treasure is Found in Joplin. EXPO Marks the Spot.” Presenting sponsors were Freeman Health System and Downstream Casino Resort, and silver sponsor was US Bank.

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EXPO Marks 30th Year 1. Sarah, Jon and Finley Abernathy 2. Yvonne E. Raczkowski and Lee Timmsen 3. Erin Slifka & Amy Kauffman 4. Randy, Shelly and Chase Kraft 5. Charlie Brown 6. Craig Hardy 7. Doug Hunt and Lee Timmsen 8. Tom and Kathleen Callan 9. Melisa Sorden, Michelle Ferson & Jill Harless 10. Lee Humphrey, Tamara Barnett & Stacy McGuirk Left: Scott & Lee Timmsen & Sue Dillmon Photos by Mandy Edmonson
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11. Kristi Seibert & Amanda Lansford 12. Jimmy and Jim Burgess & Riley 13. Hannah Peterson, Katie Mevia, Sara Severs and Morgan Collard 14. Mike, Brittany and Aaliyah Clark 15. Christian McDaniel and Barry Linduff 16. David Tyson, Lori Jones & Fred Warden 17. Mike Wakefield 18. Christina Gonzalez and Erika Espinoza 19. Courtney Mallory, Laura Rawlins, Lindsay Hickey and Alberto Baez 20. Cece Brown & Krystal Albright 21. Karen Marcum & Bailey Crown Left: Lauri Lyerla, Fallon Anawatt, Lauren Ferguson and Cheyann Meador Photos by Mandy Edmonson

Joplin Public Library Showcases Joplin Reads Together Community Read

The Joplin Public Library is showcasing its firstever Joplin Reads Together Community Read program this spring, which features the New York Times bestseller debut novel of author Shelby Van Pelt that’s titled Remarkably Bright Creatures.

Sarah Turner-Hill, the library’s adult programming coordinator, says this initiative “focuses on one book, and there will be programs related to the book in April. Programs will be held by Joplin Public Library, as well as community partners Post Art Library and George Spiva Library.

“Since the book has already been selected, those who are interested have plenty of time to read it by the time related programs take place in April. Programs begin the first week of April and end with the visit from Shelby Van Pelt, the author, on April 27.

“Anyone can participate in Joplin Reads Together. There is no library card or fee required and you do not have to live in Joplin to participate. Participants can read the book and join programs as desired. While there is no specific age requirement, for Joplin Reads Together, it is designed with adults in mind.”

There has been a great deal of planning to put this together and Turner-Hill assures, “Joplin Reads Together has taken a group effort. The idea originated from Joplin Public Library Director Jeana Gockley. Public Relations and Marketing Assistant Lori Crockett has also been part of the planning.

“Integral library staff include Justin Kelly, Linda Cannon and Alyssa Berry, and the tech services and circulation department.”

Turner-Hill also sites community partners Friends of the Joplin Public Library, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Missouri Southern State University, George Spiva Library and Post Art Library.

Whether it’s a community read event or other things the Joplin Public Library supports, Turner-Hill affirms, “Having an awareness of the library as a resource is important for area residents. It provides diverse opportunities for learning, creating, exploring and having fun. The library offers services for daily life, as well as opportunities to attend programs for all ages.”


Together Community Read Fast Facts

Address: 1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin, MO 64804

Phone Number: 417.623.7953


Email address:

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m./Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m./Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m./Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Cost/Fee: Joplin local property taxes go toward a library card for Joplin residents. (Nonresidents can also get a card with an annual fee of $50 or $12.50 for three months.)

Mission/Purpose: Our library opens tomorrow’s doors through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore and have fun.

Community Read Programs in April

• Chat & Craft, co-hosted with the Makerspace, April 4, 6-8 p.m.

• Master Gardening Class, April 4, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Book Discussion, April 6, 1-2 p.m.

• Post Art Library presents Lost and Found: Remarkably Bright Objects Art Exhibit, April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

• Researching Your Roots – Tools for Discovering Your Family Tree, April 11, 6-7 p.m.

• Take-Home Kit, April 12 (while supplies last)

• Wonders of Wildlife “Under the Sea” Program, April 15,10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Book Discussion, April 18, 6-7 p.m.

• Shelby Van Pelt Author Visit, April 27, 6 p.m.

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AnnualNature Photo 13th CONTEST


Our 13th Annual Nature Contest photographers captured stunning birds, beautiful mammals, a variety of insects, a reptile and, of course, beautiful Ozarks scenes. We thank everyone who is a steward of our wildlife and fans of our local natural wonders.

All of the contest entry fees go to benefit the Wildcat Glades Friends Group. Enjoy the photos in these pages and the display at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center located at Wildcat Glades. Consider getting out in nature with your camera, and keep looking for more of nature to photograph!

1st Place

Amy Watts captured her winning photo of a brown thrasher in a redbud tree last April in Cunningham Park in Joplin. “I go out looking for wildlife every day, and I saw this bird sitting in a circle of redbuds while his mate thrashed about in leaves on the ground looking for insects. I sat on a picnic table close by and waited 30 or 45 minutes until he came into the right position. I probably took 100 shots until I got this one,” said Watts. “I’m always looking for birds to photograph.”

2nd Place

Although only found in our area for a few months, the yellow-crowned night heron was photographed by Koral Martin along Spring River near Carthage, Missouri. “I saw my first yellow-crowned night heron near Wildcat Glades, which is appropriate since the contest benefits the Wildcat Glades Friends Group,” said Martin. “I go out early every morning for about 30 minutes, and it’s amazing how many birds and fowl are in our area. They are fascinating. I watched this heron for a long time until he stepped into the light.”

3rd Place

Third place winner, Debra Smith, is a long-time nature contest participant and bird lover. “This pair of barred owls lived in the back yard of our previous home. I would hear them at night and watch them as they came into the yard during the day. Raptors are my favorite birds,” said Smith, “and I was grateful to get to see these two flying from tree to tree. Photographing birds is my hobby, and the Wildcat Glades Friends Group are great people; I like supporting their work through the contest.”

Kids Contest Winner

Fifteen-year-old Paige Blankenship has been taking photographs since she was 12 and enjoys taking her camera into nature to see what she can find. She frequently photographs insects, birds, dogs and horses. Paige captured this inch worm in the garden in her yard. Paige said, “I got interested in photography when I got my first camera, and I thought taking pictures was fun.” She regularly enters the Show Me The Ozarks Nature Contest as she continues to enjoy nature and photography.

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Our Show Me The Ozarks Facebook fans chose Ashlyn Henderson’s monarch butterfly sitting on a zinnia as their favorite photo this year. Ashlyn spotted the butterfly in her mother’s flowerbed. “I like to be out in nature,” said Ashlyn,” and I always take my camera with me because you never know what you’ll see.” Ashlyn lives near Shoal Creek, and Wildcat Glades is one of her favorite places to be in nature. She likes to post her pictures of insects, reptiles, mammals and landscapes on social media.

Honorable Mention

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Spotlights Webb CityBusiness

Wasche Laundry

615 N. East St. • Webb City, MO • 417.525.4535

Are you tired of doing laundry? Leave it to Wasche Laundry, your family-friendly laundromat in Webb City. With their wash/dry/fold service, you can drop off your laundry Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon or anytime with their laundry lockers, and they can take care of everything for you! If you’re a business owner, Wasche Laundry has commercial laundry services, too. Sheets, towels, dishrags, napkins, tablecloths or anything else that may need to be cleaned regularly, let Wasche Laundry handle it! Give them a call for a quote or stop by today!

Charred Grill

615 N. East Rd. • Webb City, MO • 417.717.0419

Charred Grill is one of the newest restaurants in Webb City! But don’t let the newness fool you. Owner Mike has been making delicious smash burgers for his family at home for a while now and has turned that passion into a restaurant for everyone to enjoy. Charred Grill is a family-owned and operated business where everything is fresh and made to order. Whether it’s the batter on the onion rings or the signature smoked cheese sauce, everything is homemade. Charred Grill is a big supporter of the first responders and military community and is proud to offer discounts to those who serve and have served.

Liz’s Tax Service

1st Choice Gorman Tax Service, LLC

9 S. Webb, Ste. A • Webb City, MO • 417.850.1124 • Follow us on Facebook

1st Choice Gorman Tax Service, LLC, was founded in 2013 with a mission of making sure our clients are treated like they deserve to be treated. We are a three-generation firm with strong family values. Our owners, Anthony (Tonie) Gorman; Sheryl R. Gorman, EA, NTPI Fellow; Serena Colgin and Gabby Colgin, pledge to take care of our clients just like we would want our family to be taken care of. We realize every tax situation is different, and we are welltrained to take care of your needs.

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I have been doing taxes for over 20 years now, and I have seen so many things. The past 20 years have been quite the journey, but we couldn’t have done it without you. From all of us, to all of you … thank you. I have loved every moment of laughing, crying, rejoicing and celebrating our milestones together. Without all of you, I don’t know what we would do, but thank you so much for believing in us as we believe in you, and we have loved every moment of being a part of your journeys, too.

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Spotlights Webb CityBusiness

Twisted Oak Boutique

32 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO • 417.673.2881

If you’re ready for all the new arrivals, Twisted Oak Boutique is the place to be for spring! They’ve got you covered with the perfect spring sweaters, jackets, fun graphic t-shirts and cute shoes. Whether you’re in the market for fringe or floral, Twisted Oak Boutique has it! Don’t forget about their perfect gift options, home décor and jewelry. Check them out online for exclusive offers and follow them on Facebook for all the latest trends and events.

Webb City Florist and Greenhouse

1001 S. Jefferson St. • Webb City, MO • 417.673.3780

Webb City Florist and Greenhouse is your premier full-service florist serving Webb City and the surrounding communities. With beautiful floral arrangements created every day, Webb City Florist can cater any look from traditional to modern and trendy or soft and romantic. Even if you’re unsure of your exact preference, the experienced designers can help create something unique to you!

Webb City Florist and Greenhouse won Business Leader of the Year by the Webb City Chamber of Commerce in 2022 and believes in delivering the best customer service, high-quality flowers and perfect gifts for any occasion.

Spencers’ Sweet Call at the Minerva

12 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO • 417.717.5183

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Located in the historic Minerva Candy Company building, this family-owned candy shop is serving up sweet treats for the folks of Webb City and beyond. This Easter, shop Spencers’ Sweet Call for candy-filled and hollow eggs, old-fashioned caramels, chocolates, toffee, pies and other baked goods, 80 unique sodas and more. Wednesday and Thursday, 1-5 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am-6 pm. Special orders by appointment, and curbside pickup is available.

Roderique Insurance Agency, LLC - Pam Drake 108 N. Main Street • Webb City, MO • 417.673.1242

Roderique Insurance Agency has been in business since 1945. Three-generation family owned and operated; we are here to serve your insurance needs. With our personal service, we want to help you buy insurance, not sell you insurance. Conveniently located in downtown Webb City, we are here to serve you! Call us today; we help customers like you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs.

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Stephen Thomas, agent

1630 S. Madison • Webb City, MO • 417.673.1975

In January 2008, Stephen Thomas took over the family business. Jimmy Thomas, Stephen’s dad, had been in the insurance business since 1956. Stephen is proud to serve the Webb City community. Give him a call or stop by, and he will be glad to help you find the right coverage at the right price. “We’re your Shield. We’re your Shelter.”

Ghetto Tacos

530 N.E. St. • Webb City, MO 417.438.4592

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Ready for an incredible tasting taco? Visit Ghetto Tacos for the perfect meal! We’re still rolling up with the best Asada, Pastor, Pollo and Chorizo Street Tacos on four wheels, so follow us on Facebook for updates on where to find our food truck. Don’t forget to ask us about catering your next private party, wedding or event … because the best tacos are Ghetto Tacos!

BEI Bill’s Electrical Contractors

1716 Falcon Rd • 417.624.6660

Bill’s Electric, Inc., has deep roots in Southwest Missouri, with decades of outstanding service to residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the Four-State Area. Bill’s Electric is committed to providing the absolute best electrical repair and installation services to home owners and businesses in the Four-State Area. Our position and strength enable us to provide additional value to our clients and communities.

March 2023 • • 61 Special Advertising Section W h e n i t c o m e s t o y o u r w a t e r t h e c h o i c e i s c l e a r ! MEET OUR FAMILY Jason Keller is the owner of Clear Choice Water! He has almost 20 years of experience in the water treatment business He and Gwen live in Webb City along with their children Gabi Carlee and Jax They are excited for this new adventure and owning their own small business If you have hard water or think you have water issues give Jason a call at 417-483-8162! 1125 1/2 W 4th St Webb C ty MO 64870 jason@c earchoice-water com 417-483-8162 www clearchoice-water com WATER SOFTENERS & DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS
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It truly is an end to a remarkable era as legendary Webb City Cardinals Athletic Director and Football

Head Coach John Roderique is officially retiring when the 2022-23 school year concludes later this spring after 26 years leading his alma mater through an extended period of phenomenal success.

As for what made this the right time to step aside, Coach Roderique conveys, “The past few years I’ve evaluated things at the end of the year and just felt like it was time for someone else to lead the program. It’s been a great 26 years for me, and I’ve poured everything I can into the program.”

In considering key factors that went into this decision, Coach Roderique says, “Obviously, the first thing is having the ability to retire through the Missouri Public Schools retirement system.

“I’ve also told my wife many times over the past few years, when I feel like I’m no longer the best person to lead

Webb City Football Head Coach


this program, it’s time for me to step away. I’ve coached football for my entire adult life (33 years) with 26 of them being at Webb City.”

While Coach Roderique believes this is for the best, he says, “At no point in time have I considered this an easy decision. We’ve had a lot of success over the years and maybe that’s made it easier.”

Conversely, Coach Roderique insists, “The most difficult part of this is leaving behind future kids, especially those currently in high school that I will not get to coach on the field and not

having the ability to work with the coaches, who I consider great friends.”

It’s likely impossible to single out one year or one dominant group, but Coach Roderique looks at the entirety of all the achievements as he reflects what has been most special is “15 state title appearances, 13 state championships, 10 undefeated regular seasons, 22 straight district championships and multiple conference championships.

“When I think about these things, it really puts into perspective how many great players and

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Roderique retiring: ‘I poured everything I can into the program’

coaches we’ve had and how much everyone has poured into the success of our program.”

Winning at such a high level, year after year after year didn’t just happen by chance and Coach Roderique says key factors included “the fact that players and coaches were more focused on team success rather than their own individual accomplishments.

“Our coaches always did a great job of trying to find a better way and not being satisfied with where we were. No matter how much success you have, there’s always room for

improvement. Being hungry and humble are a couple other attributes I’ve witnessed from our kids over the years.”

There’s more to building a successful program than simply winning championships and Coach Roderique advises, “Holding kids accountable every day to high expectations of having great attitudes and work ethics is important as is consistently communicating with players on the purpose of why we are here. Our goals are to win games and be as competitive as we possibly can, but our

Webb City Athletic Director & Football Head Coach Fast Facts

Age: 55

Spouse: Heather Roderique

Years Married: 31 years March 21, 2023

Children: Daughter Hailey Derryberry and husband, Trey, and sons Felix and Beck, with their third child coming in May 2023; son John Roderique and wife, Corbin, and son Bo and daughter Cooper; son Tyson Roderique, who is in his third year of medical school, doing rotations in Michigan.

Hometown: Webb City, Missouri

High School Alma Mater: Webb City High School (class of 1986)

College Alma Mater: Pittsburg State University (class of 1990)

College Degree: BSED in Physical

Education & MSED in Physical Education

Favorite Football Movie: 1.) All the Right Moves 2.) Remember the Titans

Favorite Football Head Coach: Don Shula, legendary head coach of the Miami Dolphins

Notoriety: In 2018, Coach Roderique was recognized by MaxPreps as the No. 35 high school football coach of all time. Coach Roderique was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.

Quotable: Coach Roderique says, “This (what I will miss most of all) is difficult to determine at this point, but I will miss the players and the coaches a great deal. The comradery with all involved in the program each day is special. I will miss the players’ parents who have been so supportive. I will miss Friday nights on the west sideline of Cardinal Stadium.” Likewise, Coach Roderique admits, “I’m assuming I won’t miss working seven days a week. I won’t miss the sleepless nights.”

purpose is much bigger – to help young men develop the life skills that will allow them to be great husbands, fathers and people in this world.”

Coach Roderique has every reason to be happy with his career, and he humbly says, “I’m proud of the success our program has experienced over the years but what makes me most proud is seeing the success of so many of the young men who went through our program. There is no greater joy than to see them excel as adults.”

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‘Shop Hop’ Shopping Experience Coming to Downtown Webb City

A terrific weekend designed to provide all those who attend with a spectacular springtime shopping experience is once again coming to downtown Webb City in a few weeks.

More specifically, the fast-approaching Webb City Spring Shop Hop gives merchants an opportunity to welcome area residents and visitors into their stores, while showcasing the wide range of retail options available here.

Businesses are thrilled to be part of this event. Twisted Oak Manager Jeta Hall says, “We have been in Webb City for a little over five years. It’s (Shop Hop) brought new customers to downtown and to us, which is a huge deal.”

Spencers’ Sweet Call at The Minerva owner Charles Spencer suggests, “It gives us a chance to introduce ourselves to new customers. Customers get to see how many businesses are here and the variety of shops we have in downtown Webb City.”

Erin B. Turner, community development director for the City of Webb City, says the Spring Shop Hop originated a few years ago. “Our shopping events have been going on for five years and began when one of our downtown merchants brought the idea to city event planners.

“The original idea was to create fun seasonal shopping events to bring shoppers from the Four-State Area and to keep everyone informed on what kind of retail and dining locations our community has to offer.

“Everyone is invited to come and take part in the sales that will be happening.

“VIP pass holders, with passes that are pre-purchased online, will receive a swag bag and may pick up special swag from participating retailers and receive a VIP coupon book that’s good only during the event.

“Other than the sales and specials going on in the stores, the city’s street trolley will be operating throughout the downtown shopping district. There will also be food trucks.” There are so many individuals, various businesses and organizations that help make this possible. Turner says, “This event is a collaborative effort. It takes participation from our Chamber of Commerce and dedicated and enthusiastic retailers as well as the city, to make our shopping events successful.

“We are proud to play a small role in the success of this event.

“We’re extremely grateful to every business, big and small, that chooses to invest in our community. We understand the business owners have choices when it comes to setting up shop and we are blessed that we’re able to work together to help keep Webb City’s retail establishments thriving.”

Webb City Spring Shop Hop Fast Facts

When: Friday, March 31, from 4:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Note: Shoppers should check individual retailers’ hours, as they have varying schedules.)

Where: Participating Webb City retailer locations downtown

Participating Retailers: Cool School Shoppe, Otsana Co., Marys’ Market on Main, Twisted Oak, Wig ‘N Out, Spencers’ Sweet Call at The Minerva, Maggie Jane’s, Gifts from Lane 184, Darling Daisy, Society Marketplace, 110 Salon & Boutique, Just A Taste, Platinum Salon & Day Spa, Paint Chips & Glitter, Route 66 Movie Theater, and Jill’s Deals, along with first-time participants Henkle’s Ace Hardware and Social Beauty Bar.

Find More Details: Social media pages, such as Webb City Community Event Calendar, Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce and all participating retailers’ pages.

For More Information: Email Eturner@ or call 417.673.1154, as well as any participating retailer.

Planning and Organization: Downtown retail merchants, City of Webb City, Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce and shoppers who attend the event.

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Webb City Elks Lodge Providing Community Support

The Webb City Elks Lodge, which is celebrating 120 years in this Southwest Missouri town, is all about providing community support for wide-ranging initiatives, including everything from assistance for veterans and area youth to a variety of fundraisers, and so much more.

In this space, there’s just a sampling of the terrific charity work this specific Lodge (#861) has been involved with over the past five years.

Esteemed Leading Knight Cheri Badgley says, “The Elks were founded on the ‘Four Cardinal Virtues’ of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. We vow to always uphold these virtues in our community and with our Elks brothers and sisters.

“Not only do we support our community, but we support each other, while pulling together to help members in time of need. We have many social events and other gatherings just to enjoy the camaraderie of our Elks family. However, our primary purpose is to serve our community.”

Examples of how the local Webb City Elks Lodge #861 has helped veterans include the following:

• Contributed more than $60,000 in donations of non-cash items, including more than 1,200 volunteer hours.

• In the Wreaths Across America event, sponsored 15 wreaths for grave markers at Mt. Hope Cemetery during the holiday season.

• Volunteered time to cook 300 brats for service men and women as a morale booster at Whitman Air Force Base.

• Donated $5,500 to American Legion/VFW support for their Rally Around the Flag project for landscaping and flagpole at their new building on North Main Street in Webb City.

• Each year, there’s a Veteran’s Day ceremony performance at Memorial Park in Webb City followed by a free chili luncheon for veterans at the Lodge. Youth from area schools are also involved. Buglers from the Webb City High School band plays Taps, the Webb City JROTC presents the colors and the Carl Junction High School Show Choir perform the National Anthem and God Bless America.

• Each year, the Past Exalted Rulers Association and the Lodge purchase $500 worth of stamps in November and deliver them to the Mt. Vernon Veteran’s Home for residents to send Christmas cards to their friends and loved ones. This past November, $500 was also donated to purchase Christmas gifts for the residents. Also, the Lodge partnered with other local businesses and organizations with a $500 donation in support of the Carthage VFW Auxiliary’s Christmas in July event. Additionally in 2019, the Lodge partnered with Carl Junction Intermediate Schools students and donated $2,000 to purchase electric razors for residents at the home.

• The Lodge has provided help to homeless veterans in several ways, such as donating washer and dryer units and storm doors to the Patriot Park Apartments in Carterville and partnering with the Joplin VA to assist with household items.

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As for support of local youth, Webb City Elks Lodge #861 has focused on the following:

• Awards two $1,000 scholarships each year to a Webb City High School and Carl Junction High School senior with preference given to students seeking a trade, vocation or agricultural-related certificate or degree.

• Donations of $4,000 to Webb City Cares programs and $6,500 to Carl Junction Bright Futures. Additionally, donated components valued at $2,500 for construction of a hydroponic garden at Carl Junction High School, while also sponsoring art groups, archery teams and FBLA programs with various donations. In previous years, there were annual donations of $100 gift cards to all first-year teachers in Webb City and Carl Junction school districts.

There’s a lot more community-wide efforts, including a Christmas Basket Program and first responders’ cookout, as well as donations to Watered Gardens and Joplin Humane Society, among others.

Badgley is thrilled to be a part of this organization and its good works and says makes her most proud is “seeing it all come together for a common purpose and knocking it out of the park.”

Webb City Elks Lodge #861

Fast Facts

Address: 1010 N. Madison, Webb City, Missouri

Website: (national website) / cfm?LodgeNumber=0861 (local link on national website)

Email address:

Leadership Team: Chase Emery, Exalted Ruler; Cheri Badgley, Esteemed Leading Knight; Shawn Mayes, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Chris Bickett, Esteemed Lecturing Knight; Phil Cook, Past Exalted Ruler (PER), Secretary; Robin Duke, Treasurer; David Pyle, PER, Esquire; Derek Walrod, Tiler; Stacy Cook, Chaplain; Tony Perry, Inner Guard; Steven Taylor, Trustee 3-year; Krystal Bickett, Trustee 2-year; and Jeremy Hubbard, PER, Trustee 1-year

Mission: From Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A. (A Fraternal Organization)

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.

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Wig’N Out is turning 7 and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! From trendy accessories, bright outfits, and a full-service salon, with wigs, hair additions, and extensions! “We’ve got you covered from head to toe.”

Come celebrate with us March 7-11

Wig’n Out Boutique! 20 South Main Street Webb City, MO • 417.717.5099

Wig’n Out

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Spring is the perfect season for layering.

Pair our Magnolia Pearl Velvet James Jacket with our Magnolia Pearl Preston Motorcycle Tee for the perfect transition outfit.

Create a custom hat at our hat bar with accessories like feathers and hat bands.

Fashion Forward

Society Marketplace

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

Facebook/Instagram: @SocietyWebbCity

We are an indoor marketplace located in historic downtown Webb City, Missouri, filled with a society of various local merchants. We help women who desire trendy clothing, uncommon home decor, distinct furniture and unique accessories go from overspent and frustrated to feeling accomplished, distinct and joyous. We believe you can discover fashionable gifts and stylish articles locally and affordably. With all your favorites in one marketplace, we offer a convenient and pleasant experience, whether you are shopping for yourself, a friend or both!

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Webb City Farmers Market

Passionate About Providing ‘Grow Local’ Marketplace

Bringing products to market is just one aspect of all that makes the Webb City Farmers Market a big deal. Farmers Market board member Karen Scott says, “We are a favorite community gathering place that draws customers from the Four-State Region.

“Customers come for the produce and end up staying for the fun. There is a local musician at every market. In the summer season, the city runs the trolley, and the kids love it. We add to the quality of life in our community.”

Scott, who is a local producer-grower herself, also says, “In addition to all the fun, we support our local food system by providing a marketplace for local farmers, ranchers and producers to connect with our community. We’re also feeding our community and keeping dollars right here.”

There are a couple of important initiatives that go hand in hand with the farmers market, and Scott explains, “The Kids’ Gardening Club is designed to introduce gardening to kids by teaching and inspiring them to start their own gardens and keep them thriving.

“Gardening is a lifelong skill that helps them connect to their food so they can make healthier food choices and know where their food comes from.”

Equally vital, Scott shares, “In its eighth year, we offer the Free Kids’ Meal in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and funded by the Food and Nutrition Services through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The program also introduces kids who participate to new and locally produced foods. The program typically starts in June and meals are available to children ages 1-18.”

Additionally, the farmers market provides gardening and cooking demonstrations. “The garden demos are led by a Master Gardener volunteer, who is available every other week through the summer to answer questions and offer gardening advice.

“Our cooking demonstrations are designed to teach consumers how to prepare in-season produce. These are led by the University of

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Missouri Extension Specialists, vendors and volunteers who are interested in promoting local in-season produce.”

As if that’s not enough, Scott provides details about another worthwhile relationship: “To increase the availability of fruits at the market, we partnered with the University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University to establish the Fruit Education Site.

“The project’s focus is teaching growers the best practices on growing blackberries, strawberries and elderberries and is funded through a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops block grant.

“The education sessions are led by Patrick Byers with the University of Missouri Extension and Angela Brattin with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension. Participants learn everything from transplant to harvest. We follow up with in-season demonstrations on how to cook with these items.”

Scott is ecstatic to be involved with the Webb City Farmers Market and assures, “I am thrilled to be a part of this organization that grows growers and provides the best local, fresh produce to our community.”

Webb City Farmers Market Fast Facts

Address: Located in the Pavilion at King Jack Park, 106 E. Tracy Street, Webb City, Missouri

Phone Number: 417.438.5833


Email Address:

Hours of Operation: Open year-round (weather permitting) on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Note: April through September Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. are added.)

Total Stands/Booths: During the summer months when more produce growers return, there’s an average of 35- to 40-plus vendors. (In the winter months, there’s about 25 vendors.)

Process for Securing Space: Current vendors notify the Farmers Market of their intent to sell on a weekly basis. Prospective new vendors can apply at Webb City Farmers Market. (Applying is a competitive process wherein potential vendors’ applications are reviewed by the team, where consideration is given to the types of products sold, production locations, product needs at the market and available space.) Note: There is particular interest in adding producers who sell fruits, vegetables and dairy.

Produce Available: Spring greens, lettuce, kale, radishes, turnips, sweet potatoes, beets, winter sweetened carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas and spinach. (Further into the summer months, there’s also lots of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, okra, green beans, cabbage, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and a variety of herbs.)

Other Products: Bedding plants, hanging flower baskets, artisan-crafted cedar planters, baked goods, coffee, smoked salts, honey, kombucha, pupusas, tamales, biscuits and gravy, egg rolls, soaps and lotions, and pasture-raised meats.

Mission/Purpose: “To sustain, nourish and enhance our community while providing a venue for success for our local farmers and producers.”

Leadership Team: The Webb City Farmer’s Market is operated by a collaborative that includes The Board of Directors, vendors, and volunteers.

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with Pantone Color of the Year 2023


Viva Magenta is a bold color; however, it is also a saturated color, meaning it is well balanced. It is not a bright red or burgundy, but rather a saturated version of both. It was picked to be used mostly for digital images, so it will show up great in computer graphics. However, it will look great in and around your home. So, how do you use this beautiful color in your home?


As always, we can see versions of almost any color in nature. These beautiful ranunculus flowers in versions of magenta and pink will provide beautiful curb appeal to your home. And to further the curb appeal, you could paint your front door this beautiful color.

Add pots of brightly colored flowers near the door to add to the drama.

This color will really “pop,” as everyone likes to say, especially if used correctly. If you want to use it to paint your walls, you could use it on a focal wall in an entry. If you wanted to really punch up a room, like a small half bath, that would be exciting! If you decide to use it in a bedroom, then go bold! Paint the back wall and then use it for your headboard and footboard and accent it with neutral colors like cream and gray so it will really stand out. The brass-colored lamps and light-colored golden tone wood will go well with magenta.

A fabric or wallpaper that includes this beautiful color would punch up any room, whether you decide to use it in a beautiful wallpaper, curtains or pillows. You can see it goes beautifully with whites, creams, purples, grays and even black as an accent. Keep this in mind when decorating the entire room. Adding accents of these other colors from the fabric or wallpaper will help expand your vision. Black hardware for the knobs on your cabinets or door handles can easily be changed in any room. Accenting a room with magenta pillows against a gray couch will add instant color and visual interest.

Using the Pantone Color of 2023 can be easy and fun! I hope you give it a try.

Wear Red Day Freeman Health System employees painted the health system red Friday, February 3.

Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute physicians, staff and Freeman President and CEO Paula Baker rocked their red for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day® to increase awareness for women’s heart health.

Cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat and is the number one killer of women, causing one in five deaths of women each year. Go Red encourages women to make a commitment to their heart health.

Dr. John Cox, Paula Baker 2. (Front) Rhonda Wagner, Shaune Hester, Rhonda Howrey, Debbie Adkins, Shirley Oster, Novaleen Smith, Kelli Perigo; (Back) Paula Baker, Dr. John Cox, Jessie Cox, Madelyn Reisinger, Dr. Ryan Longnecker, Amanda Studdard, Amanda Smith, Renee Athey 3. Kelli Perigo, Cynthia Huffman, Paula Baker, Lynae Reynolds, Miranda Lechner 4. Kelli Perigo, Rhonda Benford, Jordan VanLue, Krysti Blankenship, Paula Baker, Amy Medley, Abbie Osborn, Karla Kennedy 5. Kelli Perigo, Stacy Madden, Paula Baker, Mark Barlow, Paula (Front) Crystal Brackett, Dr. Darwin Jeyaraj, Jennifer Dresslaer, Tiffany Desatoff, Paula Baker, Brad Walker; (Back) Michelle Wolfe, Kelli Perigo 7. Kelli Perigo, Brad Walker, Paula Baker 8. Diana Johnson, Joey Fisher, Amanda Campbell, Erin Derrick, Teresa Rhodes, Kaleb Schlessman, Roxanna Estes, Madison McDermott, Reesa Roberts, Alexis Morgan, Paula Baker, Courtney Rivera 9. Jordan VanLue, Krysti Blankenship, Paula Baker, Dr. Jeffrey Lee 10. (Front) Left to right: Laura Williams, Nichole Lewis, Paula Baker, Odessa Deaton, Sean Haase; (Back) Left to right: Sarah Linder, Michelle Noel, Courtney Holloway, Brianna Kamalo, Jaclyn Smith 11. Crystal Vail, Paula Baker, Melanie Cunningham, Aaron Smith 12. (Front) Kaylee Carlin, Jessica Thomas, Paula Baker, Dixie Linn, Madison Hull; (Back) Adina Obrien, Kaylee Helton, Lindsey Oberley, Cory Adkins 13. (Front) Holly Crays, Kasie Holly, Brittany Dawley, Jessica Thomas; (Back) Whitney Bromley, Madison Vogel, Joyce Pritchard, Carrie VonSchriltz, Dana Gibson, Paula Baker, Nick Heeter, Lezlie Hildebrand, Kim Chriswell 14. Kelli Perigo, Michelle Wolfe Left: Dr. Ryan Longnecker, Paula Baker

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Parsons, KS

March 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

March 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

March 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 p.m., 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 a.m.-12 p.m., 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.

March 14: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 p.m., The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact 417.659.8086 for information and referral.

March 22: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.

March 7: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 4:30 p.m. (registration), 5:30 p.m. (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.

March 7: Expresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 p.m., 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.

March 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 p.m. Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Kelley Wheeler at 417.347.4000 for more information.

March 11: 9th Annual March O’ the Kidney 1-Mile Walk, 8 a.m., Northpark Mall Former Macy’s entrance. The March O’ the Kidney 1-Mile Walk is an annual awareness and fundraising event held to assist patients who are living with kidney disease and to honor those who lost their battle with the disease. When

you register for this event or donate, you help raise funds to meet the needs of Freeman dialysis patients. One hundred percent of funds raised are used locally for direct patient assistance through the Freeman Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund. To register, visit

March 16: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10-12 p.m., 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 kdmason@freemanhealth. com or 417.347.8463.

March 20: Freeman Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Save a life. Donate blood. Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment, call 417.227.5006 or go to For more information, call 417.347.4603.

March 21: Ozark Center Daytime Autism Support Group, 12:301:30 p.m., Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Call 417.347.7850 for more information.

March 21: Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 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.

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 p.m. 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 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 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

March 27: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 p.m., 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 and Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

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Nevada, MO

March 1-31: Free Colon Screening Kits, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nevada Regional Medical Center is making available free colon screening kits during March. Anyone may pick up a kit at the information desk in the hospital’s main lobby between 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Participants will take the kit home and follow the enclosed instructions. Samples are to be mailed into the hospital using the enclosed envelope or personally dropped off at the NRMC lab. Results of the test will be mailed out to participants. For more information, call 417.448.2101.

March 7: Tupperware Sale, 8:30 a.m. The NRMC Auxiliary is proud to announce its annual Tupperware Sale in the hospital Mezzanine. The public is invited to join hospital employees in seeing all the latest in the world of Tupperware products. Each year brings forth new colors, new designs and new products. All money raised through this sale is used by the Auxiliary to enhance the medical services and care offered by the hospital. For more information, call 417.448.2101.

March 28: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 a.m.noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings every fourth Tuesday of the month: blood pressure, plus this month’s focus screening: bone density. Takes place at the Kern Senior Center in Rich Hill.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

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

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 a.m. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 a.m. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 a.m.

March 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m., Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

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Common habits harmful to kidneys

for kidney failure, and a major contributor to high blood pressure is salt intake. Excess salt leads to fluid retention and hypertension, which is detrimental to good kidney health.

Not Consuming Enough Water

Over-the-Counter Medications (including NSAIDS for pain and PPIs for GERD)

Over-the-counter medications can be very harmful to those with kidney disease and risk factors for kidney disease. One of the numberone contributors to kidney disease is the overuse of NSAIDS (over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain killers). Common NSAIDs people use unknowingly that hurt the kidneys are naproxen and ibuprofen, which are found in medications like Motrin®, Aleve®, Naprosyn® and Advil®. Avoidance of these medications is best if a patient has risk factors for kidney disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Other over-the-counter medications can also hurt the kidneys, including high doses of aspirin and medications for the stomach, called proton pump inhibitors. Common ones include Prilosec® (omeprazole), Protonix® (pantaprazole) and Nexium® (esomeprazole). For heartburn, Pepcid® (famotidine) is a much safer medicine for the kidneys.

Eating Too Much Salt

High blood pressure is another risk factor

Drinking plenty of water is important because recurring dehydration leads to chronic damage. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight (pounds) in ounces. So, a 180-pound person should drink about 90 ounces a day. Daily water intake should not exceed a gallon. Water is the best option, but it is also ok to drink other beverages, such as tea and coffee. I tell my patients that up to 24 ounces of their daily fluid intake can be something other than water. Of course, this is not true for every patient. Those with heart failure, advanced kidney disease, chronic edema and those on dialysis cannot drink this amount of fluid. Studies show that those with stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) can slow down progression of kidney disease by staying adequately hydrated with water. Artificial sweeteners in sodas and other beverages can be harmful to the kidneys and should be limited.

Poor Dietary Choices

Processed food is very harmful and contains phosphorus and multiple chemicals the kidneys cannot easily filter. It is best to choose fresh fruits and vegetables rather than those in a can.

Your body needs protein, but a diet high in animal protein is also harmful. Animal protein generates high amounts of acid. It is best to choose plant-based protein. Normally, we recommend approximately 0.8 g/kg a day of protein.

While an all-protein diet can be harmful, a high-sugar diet is not good either. Diabetes is the number-one cause of kidney failure in the U.S. Controlling diabetes and avoiding excessive carbs can delay progression of kidney disease. A balanced diet full of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant protein with an abundance of water consumption is the best diet.

Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

Obesity is also a risk factor for developing kidney disease, so maintaining a healthy weight is paramount to avoiding kidney disease. Studies have shown that routine exercise 20 minutes a day can delay kidney disease progression, so it is best to keep moving.

Not Sleeping Enough

It is important to ensure adequate sleep at night. Kidney function is regulated by the sleep-wake cycle.


Hardening of the arteries contributes to chronic kidney damage. Smoking causes an accelerated rate of vascular disease, which causes high blood pressure and damage to kidney blood vessels. Smoking also causes kidney cancer.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol

In moderation, alcohol is not toxic to kidneys. However, long-term use of more than four drinks a day doubles the risk of kidney disease, not to mention liver failure.

To learn more about Freeman Nephrology services, visit

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T here are many things individuals can do to protect their kidneys. Being aware of how many bad habits increase the risk of kidney disease is essential. The following habits are detrimental to kidney function:
Freeman Nephrologist

Overhydration Too much of a good thing

As the year goes on, we get closer and closer to warmer spring and summer weather that – while unpredictable in the Midwest – will mean the days will get warmer. When it does get hotter, it’s easy to remember you’ve been told you aren’t drinking enough water and set to correct the course, but did you know it’s easy to drink too much water? It might sound absurd, but getting enough water is about making sure you don’t overhydrate as much as it is making sure you don’t dehydrate. So how do you know if you’re getting the right amount of water? Sometimes going off recommendations for daily amounts can be tricky because there are a few different numbers floating around. Some estimates are in cups and some are in ml based on your weight. There are many factors that determine how much water your body needs, such as your exercise, diet and even location. Looking for a preset amount to drink can be a little tricky, especially since there are health drawbacks to getting too much water, such as your kidneys not being able to get rid of the excess water.

Because of these factors, it’s important to get to know your personal water needs. It’s pretty easy to tell if you’re dehydrated just by gauging your thirst and checking urine color when at the bathroom, but checking to see if you’re getting too much water can be a just as simple. While thirst is a clear sign of not getting enough water, drinking water even when you aren’t thirsty can be a sign you’re drinking too much water. One sign you might have been told is a good thing is if your urine is very clear – like water – upon waking up. That is actually a sign you’re probably drinking too much water.

That might seem pretty superficial, especially when the effects of dehydration are so obvious, but there are some sneaky signs you might be drinking too much water. Drinking too much water can cause headaches or even nausea or loose stools. Overhydration can also cause you to feel tired or fatigued, and it can even cause discoloration in the feet, hands and even the lips. All these symptoms can be sneaky if you aren’t thinking about drinking too much water. If you start to experience these after starting to drink more water, it might be a sign to cut back.

We get told so often most people drink too little water – and this is probably true, especially if you drink a lot of sugary drinks – that the idea of drinking too much water is frustrating. The concept feels like you’re being punished for following the rules, but like a lot of things in health, moderation is key, and it turns out water is no exception.

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Addicts in Early Recovery Treatment Should Stay Away from Romantic Relationships

Being in a romantic relationship is hard in normal circumstances. That is why starting a relationship in the early stages of recovery of substance abuse disorder is not recommended.

Too many variables come into play when starting a relationship in the early stages of recovery. While dating can seem appealing, it can also detour addicts from their main goal of creating a new, sober life and trying to stay that way.

“One of the reasons we have a policy of no dating or cell phones for the first six to seven months is relationships definitely get in the way,” Teddy Steen, executive director of ASCENT Recovery Residences, said. “The guys can’t talk to women or have phones. They must work on themselves first. At this point, they really have nothing healthy to bring to a relationship and do not have the tools. It’s the hardest things to keep from doing, and one of the most detrimental to early recovery.”

In an article last February from www., five reasons were listed to hold off on dating in early recovery.

1. Dating distracts from the main goal of discovering and defining your sober self – at the beginning of the recovery process, the goal is to find a new way to live and discover the tools and skills for a new life. A relationship can take time and energy from this.

2. Dating can contribute to a risk of relapse in early sobriety – the stressors that come with any relationships can cause a person in recovery to relapse.

3. Dating can be a way to repurpose addictive behaviors by becoming consumed with the new person instead of a drug.

4. The rejection can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness.

5. Dating someone who knew you before recovery may give you a pass on the behaviors that lead to self-destruction and risk your well-being.

“That last statement is so true,” Steen said. “They pick the same person they just left. Two

sick people do not create two well people.” Another scenario is once a person has been through recovery, the choice of a romantic partner may be someone totally different than the choice they make in early recovery. Because people tend to pick people who are on the same maturity level as them, an addict in early recovery would probably pick someone like them, which can lead to abusive, codependent relationships. If those in treatment let the process run its course, the qualities for a romantic partner usually change.

“I’ve watched, been through and looked at the quality of women our guys chose after being in recovery for a while,” Steen said. “They have some qualities that are non-negotiable and don’t settle as much.”

The best thing people can do in the first year of recovery is continue working the 12-step program and meet with their sponsors. The ultimate goal is to figure out how sobriety looks and works and figure out the tools to maintain sobriety. Patience during the first year is crucial, and once the first year passes, make a long-term plan of what relationships will look like in the future.


In Memory of Dave Helms

Honoring the extraordinary life and achievements of Grand Prosthetics founder Dave Helms

Over 300 people gathered at Nichols-Stephens Funeral Chapel January 27 to honor the life of David L. Helms, a revered husband, father, friend, business owner, community leader and Air Force veteran of Grove, Oklahoma.

“There was standing room only at the service and parking stretched over a mile away,” recalled Dave’s wife of over 40 years, Beverly Helms. “Dave touched many lives, and to see so many people gather in his honor was a moment of light in the midst of so much sadness.”

Dave and Beverly Helms opened Grand Prosthetics & Orthotics LightWeight Artificial Limbs & Braces in Grove in 1996. Over the years, Dave helped countless amputees, injured veterans and diabetic patients gain back their independence with custom-built prosthetics, diabetic shoes and orthotics, and more.

“Building custom prosthetics was Dave’s calling from God,” Beverly said. “He never tired of building and fitting prosthetic limbs in order to give the gift of walking or independent movement.”

Dave served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1974, and it was during his time in the service that he discovered his passion for helping amputees. After exiting the military, he decided to go to school to work with prosthetics. He attended the University of Alaska, Tulane University, Delgado Junior College, Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, UCLA and New York University Medical School.

“Dave worked with amputees for nearly 50 years in total,” Beverly said. “Impossible to estimate how many people he helped over the

course of his career. The number has to be in the multiple thousands.”

Dave always found time to give back to the community and was involved in many civic organizations in Grove, including Partners for Progress, Leadership Grove, Rotary International and Paul Harris Fellow, Grand Lake Association, Grove City Council, Municipal Service, Industrial Development and the Airport Board. Dave was highly instrumental in bringing the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Memorial to Grove in 2001. In 2007, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Grand Lake Association.

Of all his accomplishments, Dave was most proud of his efforts alongside Pete Norwood to bring an F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet to Grove to display as a permanent tribute to all those who served to protect our country’s freedom.

In his free time, Dave loved building and restoring classic cars. The only thing he loved more than fixing them up and driving them was sharing this common interest with his boys, Andy and Troy.

Andy has followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the prosthetics business. Beverly and Andy will carry on the legacy of Grand Prosthetics and continue to serve patients with unparalleled compassion and expertise.

“My husband was an extraordinary yet humble man,” Beverly said. “He was unfailingly kind and caring, and he embarked on each new day with a servant’s heart. He was fearless, focused and determined to serve in all his endeavors. He truly left the world a better place than he found it.”

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For several weeks, I have been in fields and forests looking for shed deer antlers. To me, deer antlers are remarkable works of art. No two of them are ever exactly alike. They are similar, but perfect matches? No. Each is uniquely different.

The lifecycle of antlers is incredible, even magical. Soon after antlers drop off, new antlers start developing. They are bones that re-grow in various shapes and sizes out of pedicles on a male deer’s head. At first, a velvety coating covers it and carries blood to the growing bone. It also helps protect the soft bone from breaking and getting infected. As the antlers grow, the velvet eventually dies and is rubbed off on small trees and bushes. Their full-grown antlers are to impress the ladies and battle with other bucks over those same ladies. Sometimes, but rarely, a female deer will also grow antlers.

If I am lucky enough to find a pair of antlers from the same deer, I mount them on a board together. Single antlers I use to make things in my workshop. They might be attached to a cedar log lamp, as a handle for fireplace tools, coat or hat racks, door or handle pulls, handles for hiking sticks or canes, or whatever else my old mind comes up with as I am working.

If you want to try antler hunting, follow well-used deer trails and do not worry about spooking deer. It is a long time until deer season again. Concentrate where these trails come to fences, creeks, ditches or across big logs. These are places where a deer might jump over something, and the impact of landing on the ground jars their antlers loose.

Slow down and look carefully at least 20 yards away on both sides. If one antler comes off, it will try to shake off the other one, so keep looking. I have hunted for antlers for many years and still get excited when I find one.

Looking for shed antlers can also help you determine where deer might be during hunting season. You can also scout for a turkey to hunt in April. On sunny, warm days, start looking for morel mushrooms. Or, enjoy being out there away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Unless too much pressure from hunting seasons or diminished food supply causes deer to move on, you can go back every year to those places in God’s great outdoors and enjoy antler hunting.


Using its nose, a fish can smell food from far away by using two tiny openings on each side of its snout. It swims to the source of the smell and then uses its taste buds to find out if it is good to eat.

Fish also use taste and smell to find their way around. They can sniff out danger, and many fish can smell people. They will swim away from your bait if they smell hand lotion, perfume, deodorant, tobacco or insect repellant.


If you want to be a good turkey hunter, you need to learn good woodsmanship just as much, if not more, than you need to be a good caller. Good woodsmanship will help you entice a gobbler into an area where he is more likely to go.

An award-winning magazine and newspaper writer, radio host and blogger for more than 40 years. His book, “Seasons: Stories of Family, God and the Great Outdoors,” is available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.


Being a good woodsman means learning to identify turkey hotspots, like where they roost, water, feed and their different strutting areas. Finding the roost is your first step to success. Finding where they water and feed will come in handy, too, but always remember, a gobbler usually does not move far from his strut zones. When a tom approaches, then suddenly turns, he has probably heard another hen closer to his strut zone.

Find the strut zones and you will up your odds of taking a gobbler this spring.


Proper planning when taking the family on a hike is the most important thing you can do. It is important to tell someone your plans and when you expect to return. Use trail maps and check for the trail distance, estimate the time required along with any other information that might be useful before you leave. The Missouri Department of Conservation Mo App for your smartphone is a great way to do that.

Check weather conditions and forecasts. Consider the ability level of everyone in your family when choosing where to hike. Do not pack too heavy. Keep backpacks as light as possible. Take two to three quarts of water per person. Staying hydrated helps maintain energy levels.

Hike only as fast as the slowest member of your group, and keep track of your progress on the map so that you know where you are at all times. Take a camera or use your smart phone, and take plenty of pictures. Get outdoors and make a memory of hiking with your family.


Folks, the best inheritance you can give your children is to teach them to enjoy the great outdoors.


When you are outside during the warm days of March, look for the colors of spring in tiny wildflowers bursting through decayed leaves. I look forward to the first trilling sounds of the spring peeper frog because I know they will be followed soon by the haunting sound of the whippoorwill, the blooming of the redbuds followed by the flowering dogwood, and the emergence of morel mushrooms on the forest floor.

In the distance, you might hear a turkey gobble. They know mating time is almost here. Below the water, fish are getting ready to head to their spawning areas. Birds are singing their spring songs. You smile because you know the beautiful spring days are coming, and the sooner, the better.

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
- Rachel Carson

The pursuit of TROUT & WHITE BASS begins

Although hardcore avid anglers have been wetting their fishing line throughout the winter, most people yield to fishing fever as March unfolds. March officially starts for some with a loud whistle/signal at the state’s trout parks.

Locally, Roaring River and Bennett Springs State Park have been catchand-release November through mid-February, but when the whistle sounds March 1, fishermen may cast a line in hopes of bringing dinner home. Catch-and-keep for trout season is certainly a great example of a field or stream to table connection for Missourians. And trout fishing activities add a contribution of millions of dollars to the state’s economy each year. I also use these state parks in other ways through the year, including teacher trainings in Discover Nature Schools (DNS) curriculum, school field trips, education programs and hiking gorgeous trails.

Trout are not native to these cold waters, so the conservation department in partnership with state parks established hatcheries to supply these popular fisheries. Trout fishing-centered picture albums of holidays and outings are prized family possessions, and they highlight the importance of this recreation for our outdoor heritage.

Other fish-related pursuits will soon begin for us all. Native fishes might not have a state park devoted to them, but they still cultivate a nice following from naturalists/anglers. Subtle changes in water temperature and organic-chemical cues aligned with increasing photoperiods trigger increased activity in our aquatic life. One of these actions is referred to as white-bass running, or you may hear people this month ask, “Are the white bass running yet?”

Historically, Missouri’s white bass were restricted to the Mississippi River and adjacent incoming waters, but now they are found throughout impoundments and reservoirs in the Ozarks. Much of the year, white bass are located in the deep, clear waters, and spawning adults enter the tributary streams in the early spring. Ozark anglers love the excitement of these active, schooling fish.

The “runs” refer to the mature fish, usually males first migrating into the headwaters to feed heavily and eventually spawn. Males may move into the spawning grounds two to four weeks prior to the females, and anglers may locate them in vibrant water over a firm sandy or clean gravel bottom. A true phenomenon to witness, the schooling fish feed vigorously on crayfish and small stream fishes, often rushing shiners and stonerollers to break the water surface and make a commotion. The feeding uproar continues until the food abundance moderates and schooling frenzy just continues upstream seeking more prey. It’s a lot of fun to cast a line into the active food chain of events like that!

Field notes by Jeff Cantrell; photos courtesy of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation

So, as the hints of spring ascend, let’s grab our fishing gear, purchase the appropriate fishing licenses (supporting the aquatic management and science understanding of our fish species and waters) and ENJOY. It’s easy to notice the series of events always taking place in nature … one thing often leading to another. I consider the recreation of stream fishing the same way; the white bass pursuit might be the gateway to crappie fishing just a few warmer weeks into our future.

Have an amazing start to spring, and I hope to see you at Roaring River or your favorite fishing spot. – Jeff

Jeff Cantrell ( is an outdoor educator and naturalist. He invites you to drop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, Joplin, Missouri, to pick up the fishing prospects booklet.

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Your Realtor FOR LIFE


The home-buying process is certainly an exciting time, especially for firsttime home buyers. But that is not to say the journey toward successfully buying a house can’t also be filled with risks and challenges. Your realtor will work with you to minimize potential home-buying risks. Here are five potential pitfalls to avoid when buying your next home.

1. Getting the cart before the horse.

The number-one mistake home buyers often make is beginning the home search before getting pre-qualified for a mortgage. Many firsttime buyers make the mistake of viewing homes before ever meeting with a mortgage lender. This automatically puts you at two profound disadvantages. First of all, you may waste time looking at homes you cannot afford. Secondly, if you do find the perfect home, you will not

be able to make an offer without an accompanying pre-qualification letter, leaving you prone to getting scooped on the house by another buyer who has their pre-approval letter already in hand. Being prequalified sends the message that you’re a serious buyer whose credit and finances can successfully get a loan.

2. Only talking with one lender.

You are about to embark on quite possibly the single largest financial transaction of your life. Why would you not make sure you have the very best terms? Just like you will shop for the house that serves you best, you also need to shop for the lender that will also serve you best.  Interview at least three different lenders. Also, don’t forget to include mortgage brokers as a source for funding needs. Compare rates, loan terms and lender fees. The best deal can possibly equate to thousands of dollars in your favor.

3. Buying more house than you can afford.

Don’t spend what you are approved for. Life has a way of throwing unexpected surprises our way, and the biggest surprises can often be the costliest. Maxing out your budget on a home loan does not allow for life’s surprises. Remember to include your potential mortgage payment as part of your overall budget of personal expenses.

4. Being careless with credit,

When you start your home search, you will begin with seeking a preapproval letter from your lender. Your lender will gauge the total amount you are approved for by pulling a credit report. Shortly before the closing date for the purchase of your new home, your lender will pull another credit report, to ensure your financial picture has not changed. One of the fastest ways to derail the closing of your new house at the last minute is by taking on any new debt, credit cards or major purchases, like car purchases.

5. Focusing more on house than neighborhood.

Finding the right house is important. But equally important is finding the right area. You can always trade up (or down) and you can always add on to the perfect house. But, ultimately, where the house is located should be given equal consideration.

When checking out a potential new neighborhood, try visiting the neighborhood during different times of the day to determine traffic flow. Do a test run from your place of employment to the proposed neighborhood, as well as test drive distance to places you frequent most, such as schools and shopping. Be sure to check out local crime statistics for the area, as well.


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The pursuit of TROUT & WHITE BASS begins

pages 88-89


pages 86-87

In Memory of Dave Helms

page 85

Addicts in Early Recovery Treatment Should Stay Away from Romantic Relationships

page 84

Overhydration Too much of a good thing

page 83

Common habits harmful to kidneys

pages 81-82


pages 76-80

Webb City Farmers Market

pages 74-75

focuses on Webb City Elks Lodge Providing Community Support

pages 70-72

‘Shop Hop’ Shopping Experience Coming to Downtown Webb City

page 69

Spotlights Webb CityBusiness

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Spotlights Webb CityBusiness

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3rd Place

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AnnualNature Photo 13th CONTEST WINNERS

page 56

Joplin Public Library Showcases Joplin Reads Together Community Read

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Hensleys Choose Running for a Healthier Lifestyle

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History Soars Sky High at Freedom of Flight Museum

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Let’s go!

pages 35-36

About the performers:

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ShowMe Dining Guide

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ShowMe Dining Guide

pages 24-25

Club 609

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Where it’s ‘COOL’ to be YOU!

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EVENTS Northeast OK

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What’s Happening Calendar of Events SMTO

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Planting the Seeds

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