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What’s Inside Chamber President Welcome .......................................... 9 Chamber of Commerce: Chamber 2.0 .......................... 10

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY Joplin Centennial Perspectives ........................................ 12 Economic News & Notes ................................................. 16 Outstanding Business Resources ..................................... 18 Major Employers .............................................................. 24 The Location for Logistics ................................................ 26 Community Profile: The Joplin Metro by the Numbers .. 28

HEALTH CARE Mercy Hospital Joplin ...................................................... 30 Freeman Health System ................................................... 32 Ronald McDonald House ................................................. 34 Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States ..................... 36 Hometown Pediatrics of Joplin ....................................... 37 Children’s Mercy Kansas City........................................... 38

EDUCATION Joplin School District ....................................................... 40 Private Schools ................................................................. 42

HIGHER EDUCATION Pittsburg State University ................................................ 44 Missouri Southern State University ................................. 46 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences....... 47 Crowder College .............................................................. 48 Missouri State University Joplin Outreach ...................... 50 Ozark Christian College ................................................... 50 Technical Schools ............................................................. 52 4

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Joplin Public Library .......................................................... 54 Residential Living ............................................................... 56

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce 320 East 4th St. | Joplin, MO 64801 Phone: (417) 624-4150 | www.joplincc.com https://www.facebook.com/joplinchamber/ https://twitter.com/joplinchamber CopyrightŠ 2018 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher | Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer | Scott Stone Vice President / Director | Scott Ray Production Manager | Joseph Nugara Editor | Gail Gaboda Client Liaison / Content Coordinator | Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer | Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators | Tiffany Salerno and Neila Frontier Directory Coordinator | Michael Sumrak Contributing Writers | Bob Musinski and Jean Murphy Advertising Sales | Rader Walker

CULTURE & ATTRACTIONS Active in the Arts ................................................................ 62 George A. Spiva Center for the Arts .................................. 64 Joplin Little Theatre ............................................................ 65 Stained Glass Theatre ......................................................... 65 History and Mineral Museum .............................................. 66 Joplin’s Annual Events and Festivals .................................. 68 Joplin Community Parks ..................................................... 70 Fit & Active ......................................................................... 74 Exciting Athletics ................................................................ 76 Faith & Service ........................................................................ 78 Important Contacts ................................................................. 82 Featured Business Listings ...................................................... 83 Advertiser Index ...................................................................... 89

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completing training at the new Advanced Training and Technology Center. The Chamber’s Talent Skilled Development initiative is in place to meet current and future job requirements of area employers with high-skilled welding completers through a partnership with Crowder College in Joplin.

What’s new with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce? JACC provides economic development attraction, local business expansion and retention for the Joplin area. Success over the past year includes the opening of Ajinomoto’s $54 million capitol investment with 240 initial jobs and still growing to more than 400 the number of long-term, high-paying skill jobs. New businesses continue to increase the employment base of the community, highlighted by the dedication of ZAF Energy Systems’ 30,000 square foot facility. ZAF is a manufacturer of high grade industrial grade batteries and projects 100 jobs.

Economic impact of the new medical school is $110,000,000 and will be the centerpiece for the future of healthcare in the Joplin region.

JACC is supporting existing manufacturing companies with a 100 percent placement rate of Industrial Maintenance Technology students

The KCU School of Bioscience and Medicine completed its first year on a high note. Applications have been received for the 2018-2019 school year with another full class anticipated.

New staff continues to provide tremendous energy to programs and discussions that affect Members. The JACC is offering economic development opportunities that create wealth, longterm jobs, and millions of dollars of investments into the Joplin area. If you are a new Member, I would like to meet and introduce you to our Board members and our staff. We want to make sure you are welcomed and included. For all Members, there are numerous ways to become involved. We particularly value your input and advice within committees. All members are welcome to attend and

join in these discussions. The committees often identify issues that need work or offer creative ideas to improve our programs and events, which become policies for our advocacy. Your Chamber provides Member investors with numerous opportunities to grow and develop your business or organization. Fresh leadership development initiatives have begun for Member investors of all age groups. Whether it is one of our many networking events, targeted marketing

opportunities, or specialty programs, JACC stands ready to help your business grow. We serve our businesses and community by being a liaison between the city, county, and those that provide services for our residents.  The Chamber offers business development opportunities to organizations interested in growth through knowledge, access, and influence in the Jasper-Newton MSA and throughout our region. I am honored to serve as Interim President. On behalf of the Board we welcome you and look forward to working on your behalf. Mark Turnbull Interim President Chief Operating Officer

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he Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce continues to be one of the premier chambers of commerce in the United States. In 2018 JACC received its third consecutive 5-Star Accreditation for five years from the US Chamber of Commerce, the maximum number of years allowable. Essentially, what that means to Members and the region is the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is identified by its accrediting body as one of the top 1% of chambers in the United States. We appreciate the dedication of Board members and staff that completed the many hours to develop the accreditation document. Members are assured that programs and initiatives offered through the organization are topflight and evaluated by a group of its peers. It means that the procedures and policies are maintained and evaluated at the highest level. It means that the member investors continue to support the activities and the impact of the Chamber.

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n 2017, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th anniversary. Your Chamber is now entering its second century with more focus on being an investor-driven, business-focused organization. We like to call it Chamber 2.0, new and improved. What can you expect to see? First, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is an investor-supported and investor-driven organization. What that means is that members are the core investors that allow the Chamber to operate on behalf of the business community. In addition, the Chamber has investors who support economic development, workforce development and community and regional growth initiatives. Investors support the organization and, in turn, provide the key directions your Chamber is pursuing to improve our area. One of those directions is workforce development and talent recruitment. Our members tell us they need a well-trained, skilled labor pool in addition to up-andcoming new leaders. The Advanced Training and Technology Center (ATTC), several years in the making, is now open for business and provides easy access to affordable training in advanced welding, advanced manufacturing, information technology and other skills people need to obtain good jobs, in turn helping companies be successful. Apprenticeship programs are also underway with more in development stages. In addition, the ATTC has a well-appointed culinary kitchen and incubator space to help develop new companies, enhancing the efforts that have been underway at the Newman Innovation Center for more than a decade. The Chamber staff and board are also looking at new services to help members with their workforce needs. One of those in the area of talent recruitment is focused on outreach to people who

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may be attracted to our area for jobs and quality of living, and more specifically people transitioning out of the military. Initial response to our “Welcome Home to Joplin” campaign is positive from everyone who has seen it and a number of national organizations have indicated they believe it is a unique effort to help our area firms, as well as grow the broader community. What remains the same? We remain a 5-Star Chamber serving the Joplin area business community. Yes, your Chamber received 5-Star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the third consecutive time: 2007, 2012 and in 2017. This means your Chamber is one of the 2 percent of chambers across the nation with the prestigious distinction, and is one of only 3 percent of the nation’s approximately 7,000 chambers to hold any level of accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This accreditation validates that the Joplin Area Chamber has financial and personnel policies that meet the highest standard, offers programs that meet members’ needs, and engages in continuous education for its staff. We are not resting on our laurels, but the 5-Star accreditation means we continually strive to improve the organization.

What is in the future for your Chamber? Currently we are searching for a new president. Yes, after 23 years of dedication to the Joplin Area Chamber and the Joplin regional community, Rob O’Brian decided to retire to pursue new endeavors that he, and we, hope will continue to benefit our area. So this year is one of transition as our Board searches for new top leadership to take your Chamber to the next level. However, the Chamber has a professional staff that collectively has more than 120 years of chamber experience to carry on the mission. The Chamber team is fired up to see what our future holds in our second century. Just like your 2.0 Chamber moving from one century and beginning the next, many of our businesses are also celebrating milestones in their businesses. This edition of our Community Profile showcases some of our members that have some great histories to share. We hope you enjoy their stories because they are a part of the fabric that makes Joplin and the area a great place to learn, work, play and live. n

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Joplin Centennial Perspectives EAGLEPICHER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC eaglepicher.com EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a VECTRA company headquartered in Joplin, is a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices, with expertise in more than 30 battery chemistries. It has three business units that cater to aerospace, defense and medical customers.

EaglePicher’s batteries are a key component of the U.S. space program. In fact, EaglePicher batteries power the International Space Station, Mars Rovers, commercial jets and helicopters, lifesaving medical implants and more than 85 percent of U.S. missile platforms, and will be part of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. From cells and batteries to complete power systems, EaglePicher’s energy solutions deliver power where it is

needed, bringing the newest technology innovations to customers and even offering custom battery development. Joplin is EaglePicher’s main manufacturing center for reserve, primary and secondary cells and batteries, boasting approximately 740 employees. It is also the site of their Lithium Ion Center of Excellence, built following receipt of a government grant to support domestic production of lithium ion batteries for military applications. EaglePicher began in 1842 as the White Lead Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later became Eagle White Lead Works. A merger with the Picher Lead Company of Joplin occurred in 1916, transforming the firm into Eagle-Picher Lead, then Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc., and now EaglePicher Technologies, LLC. It began manufacturing batteries in 1922, became a battery supplier to the U.S. government in the 1940s, and by the early 1950s was supplying silver-zinc batteries for missiles and rockets.

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newtonsjoplin.com Newton’s Jewelry has played an integral part in the business community of Joplin since it first opened its doors at Fifth and Main in 1939. The store’s founder and family’s patriarch, George Henry “G.H.” Newton, opened his first jewelry store in McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1914 and over the next 50 or 60 years the family expanded into all four of the surrounding states, having a total of 16 stores at one time. In fact, there were four Newton-owned jewelry stores in Joplin alone by the early 1970s – two with the Newton name, one called Zinn’s and one called McKee’s. G.H.’s grand plan was to be able to pass on the stores to his four sons – one son per state. “Bunny” Newton received the stores in Joplin.

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Operating today is the original Joplin store, now owned and run by Bunny’s wife, Jane, and their son, Brian. The Joplin store specializes in unique pieces of jewelry that are custom-made in-house or made by small mom-and-pop production companies. Nothing is mass-produced because Brian is well aware that women don’t want to see someone else wearing the same jewelry as they are. Newton’s also buys and re-sells estate jewelry and Brian, like his father before him, travels the world to acquire high-quality gems, gold and pearls. Newton’s is also well-known for being a full-service jewelry repair facility that handles all kinds of repairs in-house. ›

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R.E. Smith Construction Co. is one of the premier general contracting firms in the Four-State Area, specializing in industrial, retail, educational, civic, medical and recreational construction since its founding by Richard E. Smith in 1952. And over the years it has literally changed the face of Joplin. For instance, it recently completed the new $14.3 million Joplin Public Library at 20th and Connecticut and had also built the library’s immediate predecessor at 4th and Main. The Smiths have also been actively involved in construction at Missouri Southern State University, and they are

credited with building over a dozen of the institution’s projects, including a recently-completed dormitory and the Stadium Support Facility, as well as a number of structures on the campus of Ozark Christian College.

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In addition, R.E. Smith Construction was the contractor for the Schifferdecker Aquatic Center, as well as on earlier projects like the Cunningham and Ewert Pools, the Joplin Family YMCA, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, two Joplin fire stations, approximately 12 public schools, several local churches and is currently building the new Senior Citizens Center, adjacent to the new Mercy Park which they completed last year. Today the firm is owned by Richard Smith’s sons, Dick Smith (president) and Dave Smith (vice president).

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LAKELAND OFFICE SYSTEMS lakelandoffice.com Lakeland Office Systems has been growing by leaps and bounds. Founded in 1985 by two former Xerox technicians, Lakeland has become one of the largest locallyowned and independently-operated Office Equipment Solutions companies in the Four States region. It had a whirlwind of a year in 2017 with the acquisition of Inland Printing Company (the longest standing Canon dealer in Missouri with offices in Springfield and West Plains) and Osborn Paper Company, Joplin’s oldest industrial paper, packaging and janitorial company. Osborn was founded by Sylvester Osborn in 1895 when he couldn’t find the proper paper to wrap mercantile goods at his local feed store. “My brother, John, and I felt that acquiring these two companies was a way for us to diversify our products and geographical reach and also to help solidify our market share in Springfield,” said David Tyson, executive vice president. Lakeland already sold Canon, Sharp and Lexmark copiers and printers, as well as related document management software. The Tysons also recently opened a new 17,000-square-foot office technology center in Joplin and plan to add another 5,000 square feet to it so that Osborn can be integrated into the facility. “We pride ourselves in working with companies throughout the Four-State area to deliver the best-in-class business solutions—from small desktop printers to large production presses, or basic network services up to fully custom and automated document solutions, and everything in between,” Tyson explained. “We also have a long-standing reputation for offering the fastest on-site response times.”

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Economic News & Notes Joplin began as a mining boomtown and business is still booming

environmentally friendly batteries for a variety of uses, opened with 30 people and will grow to over 100. One of the Newman Innovation Center graduates, Automated Technology Company, is growing in its new location downtown. ATC, which fully automates all building systems, expects to grow from its 25 employees to more than 100 in the next two years.

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MEDICAL BUZZ Kansas City University’s Joplin medical school opened its doors to its first class of medical students in July 2017. As it goes into its second year, KCU – Joplin is rapidly gaining attention as a leading, state-of the-art equipped, premier faculty-led school across the Midwest. The school is predicted to have a $100 million impact on the area when it reaches its full 600 student level. It is the first new medical school opened in the state in more than four decades.

READY FOR BUSINESS In 2016, the Joplin area became the first three-state, multi-county region in the U.S. to be certified work-ready by ACT. Barton, Jasper and Newton counties in Missouri; Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties in Kansas; and Ottawa County in Oklahoma make up the region. All these counties are working toward recertification in 2017. Certification ensures our community is armed with the skills and tools to succeed in today’s economic environment.

The all-new Advanced Training & Technology Center (ATTC) is a multipurpose facility owned and managed by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Education, business assistance and job creation, specifically targeting low-tomoderate income levels, are the primary missions of the facility. Contracted partners, including Crowder College, Workforce Innovation Board and the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, will operate programs to help fill gaps in the area’s workforce by providing higher-skilled workers to existing and new companies. In fall 2017, students began taking classes in advanced manufacturing technology, advanced welding, drafting, information technology and computer network support. In the near future

community health programs will get underway adding to the area’s support for the health care sector. Another stellar resource for local entrepreneurs is the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, which has helped create nearly 500 jobs since opening in 2005. The center currently is home to 13 businesses and continues to offer outreach and counseling to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. In partnership with the Innovation Center, Missouri Southern State University opened the region’s only DNA lab, which offers training workshops to industries on the use of the technology and helps introduce existing industries to the technology for food safety testing. For students, the DNA lab offers a centralized location for DNA research.

CHAMBER CHAMPS Your Chamber keeps you informed about issues that affect your business and our community and offers legitimate programs that put members in touch with legislators. Your Chamber’s membership in the Chamber Federation gives members with 10 or fewer employees a free membership in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which helps the smallest of businesses stay informed about legislative items that affect business. n

BUSINESS GROWTH Ajinomoto opened a $5-million, 240 employee facility in early 2018, adding to the food processing sector in Joplin. The plant is expected to grow to nearly 400 employees in the next few years. ZAF Energy Systems, a producer of unique, 16

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he Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s (JACC) Economic & Workforce Development efforts include local and regional initiatives to improve economic prosperity in Joplin and throughout the area. From influencing public policy on behalf of the business community, to leading task forces designed to improve infrastructure and encourage technologyoriented startups, developing Southwest Missouri is a core focus at JACC.

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS The Chamber is affiliated with a number of organizations, subsidiary corporations and partnerships aimed at growing the region. Our key affiliate is The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which supports and promotes educational, cultural and job creation programs and projects. The Foundation supports educational programs such as Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Leadership Joplin and the Young Professionals Network. The Foundation oversees the Newman Innovation Center and the Advanced Training & Technology Center, both of which offer space for emerging and small firms to grow and, at the ATTC, where area residents can receive training in advanced job skills. Chamber staff members also overlap as staff for a variety of these affiliate organizations, including the Joplin Regional Partnership (formerly the Joplin Business & Industrial Development Corporation) and Joplin Capital Corporation (JCC). The Regional Partnership provides revenue sources to support the economic and workforce development efforts in the seven-county Joplin region, a unique three state effort. The JCC furnishes small business loans and/or equity for projects that would not be financed through conventional means. JACC staff also supports efforts specific to Joplin. The Joplin Industrial Development Authority, operated by Chamber staff, developed and markets the Crossroads Business Park as well as maintaining the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park. Staff also works with the 18

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City staff and others to respond to needs of local business on expansions and attraction of new firms.

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The Joseph Newman Innovation Center (NIC), as noted is run by the Chamber Foundation. The NIC provides a positive environment for entrepreneurs and the development of innovative new businesses. The NIC’s office space and shared amenities such as a reception area, conference rooms, break rooms and telecommunications infrastructure, provide a professional atmosphere for focusing on your new business without the risk of having to sign a long-term lease agreement. Located downtown, the NIC blends accessibility with a professional, urban atmosphere. Perhaps even more beneficial than the space itself is the network of business experts who can be accessed through connections at the center. Businesses of all types can benefit from the expertise of the Joplin team, which includes Innovation Center staff, JACC staff, the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Missouri Southern State University, and other statewide development agencies. Access to these resources is not restricted to the NIC’s tenants, and these partners are prepared to assist in solving problems ranging from financing, management and relocations to research and manufacturing processes. Since 2005, the NIC has assisted over 30 tenants as they created nearly 500 new jobs, and the NIC’s outreach programs have helped hundreds more within the region. All assistance programs are provided free of charge. Contact Loni Smith at (417) 624-4150 or loni@joplincc.com for more information about the NIC and its offerings.

JOPLIN REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP joplinregionalpartnership.com (417) 624-4150 This seven-county partnership across Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma markets the region for the purpose of business attraction, business retention and workforce development. The partnership identifies and helps companies

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evaluating locations for relocation or expansion. The JRP provides site selection assistance, tax and business incentive information, connections to important contacts in the region, business data and access to helpful resources for workforce recruitment and training. This same data is also used to help area companies address issues to expansion and to help in workforce recruitment. Contact Kevin Welch at (417) 624-4150 or kwelch@joplinregionalpartnership.com for more information on the Joplin Regional Partnership and how it can help you.

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by HUD, the Foundation acquired a 51,000 sq. ft. building used by Franklin Tech after Joplin’s tornado in 2011. The space was renovated in some areas and upgraded in others to create a mixed use training, incubator and community facility. Crowder uses nearly 30,000 sq. ft. of the space for training in advanced manufacturing and IT skills, training that is very skills-based and allows people to move up in their current employment or move to a better job within months. The facility has incubator space for small startups and has a full, culinary kitchen for catering and food product entrepreneurs. The WIB provides pre-apprenticeship training on basic job skills for people just getting into or returning to the work world, with a focus on homeless and lowincome citizens who need a hand up to get back into jobs. There is also space for community meetings and training. For more information contact Loni Smith at (417) 624-4150 or loni@joplincc.com. n

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Major Employers

Business

City, State

Employees

3200

*Spring River Christian Village

Joplin, MO

180

3050

*Ajinomoto

Joplin, MO

174

Joplin, MO

1500

*Arvest Bank

Joplin, MO

170

Joplin, etc., MO

1500

Cox Barton County Hospital

Lamar, MO

170

Carthage, MO

1393

Crowder Industries Inc.

Neosho, MO

170

*EaglePicher Technologies LLC

Joplin, MO

1215

Justin Brands Inc.

Carthage, MO

170

*Joplin School District

Joplin, MO

1200

Lamar School District R1

Lamar, MO

170

Tri-State Motor Transit Co.

Joplin, MO

1135

Sugar Creek Packing Co.

Frontenac, KS

170

Butterball LLC

Carthage, MO

166

Verizon Communications Inc.

Joplin, MO

165

Grandview Products Co., Inc.

Parsons, KS

162

*Branco Enterprises Inc.

Neosho, MO

160

CST Industries Inc.

Parsons, KS

160

*Refresco North America

Joplin, MO

160

Business

City, State

Employees

*Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

*CFI

Joplin, MO

*Mercy Hospital Joplin *Walmart Stores Inc. *Leggett & Platt Incorporated

*Crossland Construction/Crossland Heavy Contractors

Columbus, KS

1100

*Downstream Casino Resort

Quapaw, OK

1019

Tamko Building Products, Inc.

Joplin, MO

1000

*Empire District-Liberty Utilities Central

Joplin, MO

772

*Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

620

Wyandotte, OK

600

*Alorica

Joplin, MO

550

Bordertown Bingo & Casino

Seneca, MO

550

*City of Joplin

Joplin, MO

550

Newell Brands

Neosho, MO

550

*General Mills Inc.

Joplin, MO

470

*Cardinal Detecto Mfg.

Webb City, MO

450

Twin Rivers Foods Inc.

Neosho, MO

450

*Indigo Sky Casino

*AT&T Mobility

Midcon Cables Company

Joplin, MO

155

*Seneca School District R-7

Seneca, MO

155

*Modine Manufacturing Company

Joplin, MO

151

AJM Packaging Corporation

Joplin, MO

150

*County of Jasper

Carthage, MO

150

Dyno Nobel Inc.

Carthage, MO

150

*Economic Security Corporation Webb City R7 School District

Joplin, MO

150

Webb City, MO

150

Joplin, MO

448

Carl Junction, MO

425

Celltron Inc.

Galena, KS

400

Pitt Plastics Inc.

Pittsburg, KS

400

*Jasper Products LLC

Joplin, MO

399

*General Dynamics Ordnance & Tacticial Systems-Munition

Joplin, MO

130

Ducommun

Joplin, MO

350

Medicalodges Inc.

Neosho, MO

125 125

*Carl Junction R-1 School District

Atec Steel

Baxter Springs, KS

140

*Community Bank & Trust

Neosho, MO

135

*U S Bank, N.A.

Joplin, MO

135

Carthage, MO

350

*Ozark Christian College

Joplin, MO

*Ozark Center

Joplin, MO

350

United States Dept. of Army

Joplin, MO

121

*Teleperformance USA

Joplin, MO

350

Ceradyne Boron Products LLC

Quapaw, OK

120

Classic Egg Products Inc.

Neosho, MO

320

*Lozier Corporation

Joplin, MO

120

*Crowder College

Neosho, MO

320

*Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

Joplin, MO

310

*Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States, LLC

Carthage, MO

290

*Bemis Company, Inc.

Joplin, MO

275

*Able Manufacturing & Assembly

Joplin, MO

267

Thorco Industries LLC

Lamar, MO

250

*WestRock Company

Joplin, MO

250

Flesh Company

Parsons, KS

237

*Community Support Services of Missouri

Joplin, MO

230

*Hampshire Pet Products

Joplin, MO

225

*Southwest Missouri Bank

Joplin, MO

220

D & D Sexton Inc.

Carthage, MO

218

Asbell Companies

Carl Junction, MO

200

Bagcraft Papercon LLC

Baxter Springs, KS

200

*Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing

Joplin, MO

200

Nutra-Blend LLC

Neosho, MO

200

Wyandotte, OK

200

Joplin, MO

190

*H.E. Williams, Inc.

Mercy Hospital Carthage

*River Bend Casino & Hotel Transport Distribution Company

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Galena, KS

120

Precious Moments

Carthage, MO

120

Schreiber Foods Inc.

Carthage, MO

120

United States Postal Service

Joplin, MO

117

*CNC Machine Products Inc.

Joplin, MO

110

*Joplin Petro

Joplin, MO

110

Sarcoxie, MO

110

Mid-America Hardwoods Inc. National Healthcare Corp.

Joplin, MO

110

*Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Joplin, MO

110

*Service Recycling

Joplin, MO

110

United Parcel Service Inc OH

Joplin, MO

110

Evonik Jayhawk Fine Chem Corp.

Galena, KS

108

*Allgeier Martin and Associates Inc.

Joplin, MO

107

*Bill’s Electric, Inc.

Webb City, MO

100

Innovative Industries Inc.

Carthage, MO

100

*Joplin Health & Rehabilitation Center

Joplin, MO

100

Rx Technology Corp.

Joplin, MO

100

Carthage, MO

100

St. Luke’s Nursing Center Inc.

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f it needs to be shipped – and everything does – there’s a good chance it’s passed through or close to Joplin. Three Class 1 railroads and two regional short-lines join trucking, rail, air and port concerns to ensure that when shipments need to get somewhere, they get there fast. Close to 6 million Americans are a mere 150 miles from Joplin’s interstate crossroads, and 65 million are within an easy day’s drive. Interstates 44 and 49 provide ultimate access – East Coast to West Coast and Canada to Mexico – while a network of state and federal highways provides unfettered access to the reaches of the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The city’s four industrial parks – Joplin Southern Industrial Park, Crossroads Business and Distribution Park, Joplin/ Webb City Industrial Park and Joplin Airpark – provide ample goods for more than 50 local trucking firms. Additionally, Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI) is headquartered in Joplin, and TriState Motor Transit handles potentially dangerous freight. It’s an easy drive to Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa, one of the largest, farthest-inland river ports in the United States. In addition to Kansas City Southern, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and Union Pacific, the regional short-line Missouri

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Northern Arkansas Railroad – part of the Genesee & Wyoming system – is headquartered in nearby Carthage and operates nearly 600 miles of line in Arkansas and Missouri. MNA traffic generally consists of coal, grain, frozen foods, minerals, steel, chemicals and asphalt on 527 miles of line. (The line was initially chartered in 1883 and was part of the Missouri Pacific Railroad’s mainline from Kansas City to Memphis.) WATCO, one of the largest short-line railroads in the United States, offers direct service to its own port in Houston. Rail lines such as these, along with Joplin’s motor freight capability, connect

Missouri shipments to ports of import and export on the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean. The city is also home to Joplin Regional Airport (see facing page). A further trio – Springfield Regional, Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa International – are all within 60 to 90 minutes. Whether your need is Local Cartage, Over-the-Road Trucking, 3rd Party Logistics, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Rail or Air Transportation, Joplin can be the hub for your needs.

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Owned and operated by the City of Joplin, Joplin Regional Airport (JLN) serves a broad span of aviation needs for the community, including commercial, cargo, corporate, military and general aviation. The airport has been transformed in recent years with both the construction of a new $15 million terminal facility and the replacement of the air traffic control tower.

Services available through the FBOs include:

There are two Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) offering services at JLN. They are Mizzou Aviation: mizzouaviation.com, (417) 623-1331; and Alpha Air Center: alphaaircenter.com, (417) 623-3113.

• Pilot services and supplies

• Flight school/instruction BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

jlnairport.com 7331 N. Hwy. 43 | Webb City, MO

The airport’s two commercial service runways are classified to handle aircraft as large as Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and other major commercial aircraft. Passenger jet service is provided by American Airlines, including daily roundtrip service to connecting flights at DFW International.

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The state-of-the-art terminal facility provides passengers with the convenience of a small, local airport as well as great amenities such as free parking, wireless internet, ATM and rental car service through both Avis and Hertz. “The airport impacts the local economy to the tune of over $21 million annually, but more importantly, provides a portal into the aviation system that connects Joplin with the major business and industrial markets worldwide,” said Steve Stockam, airport manager. Airport

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Vaughn Company, INC Excavation, grading, and hauling 22453 Highway H P.O. Box 438 Monett, MO 65708-0438

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Community Profile: The Joplin Metro by the Numbers 2018 EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AGE 25+ (2017) Number

Percent

5,495

4.7%

Grades 9-12

10,055

8.6%

High School

40,436

34.6%

Some College

27,165

23.2%

Associate Degree

8,601

7.4%

Bachelor’s Degree

16,668

14.3%

Graduate Degree

8,443

7.2%

116,863

100.0%

< Grade 9

POPULATION CHANGE Number

Percent

1980 Census

127,516

1990 Census

134,909

5.8%

2000 Census

157,322

16.6%

2010 Census

175,518

11.6%

2017 Projection

177,293

1.0%

2022 Projection

182,190

2.8

POPULATION BY GENDER (2017)

Male

TOTAL

POPULATION BY AGE (2017) Number

Percent

Age 0-4

11,924

6.7%

Age 5-9

12,217

6.9%

Number

Percent

86,998

49.1%

Age 10-14

12,368

7.0%

Female

90,295

50.9%

Age 15-19

12,159

6.9%

TOTAL

177,293

100.0%

Age 20-24

11,762

6.6%

Age 25-29

11,754

6.6%

Age 30-34

11,585

6.5%

Age 35-39

10,970

6.2%

Age 40-44

10,715

6.0%

Age 45-49

10,486

5.9%

Age 50-54

11,241

6.3%

Age 55-59

11,520

6.5%

Age 60-64

10,452

5.9%

Age 65-69

9,010

5.1%

Age 70-74

6,994

3.9%

Age 75-79

5,073

2.9%

Age 80-84

3,550

2.0%

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• WILDWOOD RANCH features affordable land prices with minimal site preparation, available utilities include: high-pressure gas, industrial water, power, and fiber optics. • WILDWOOD RANCH provides a unique opportunity that is hard to find anywhere else: affordable land, low cost of living, skilled workforce and a local, regional and state Pro-Business Environment.

3,513 177,293

Number

Percent

170

0.2%

Employed

83,866

95.8%

Unemployed

3,473

4.0%

87,509

100.0%

In Armed Forces

TOTAL

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INCOME (2017) Median Household Income ... $46,791 Average Household Income . $60,912 Average Family Income........ $72,921 Per Capita Income ................ $24,242

COST OF LIVING (2017) JOPLIN METRO Composite ................................... 86.3 Grocery Items ............................. 90.2 Housing ....................................... 66.1 Utilities ...................................... 128.9 Transportation .......................... 101.5 Health Care ................................. 91.6 Miscellaneous ............................. 84.5

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Mercy Hospital Joplin mercy.net For more than a century, Mercy Hospital Joplin has served the health care needs of the four-state area. In 1896, the Sisters of Mercy arrived with hopes of opening schools, but the need for health care was a priority because many miners working in the Joplin area needed access to a hospital. The Sisters were ambitious and started several small schools, in addition to opening Mercy Hospital. The hospital grew over the years. In 1968, the Sisters opened St. John’s Regional Medical Center, which was licensed for 367 beds. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the May 22, 2011 tornado. Today’s Mercy Hospital Joplin is a new, technologically advanced, 240-bed hospital with adjoining clinic/physician office space on a 100-acre campus along Interstate 44. The 900,000-square-foot, $435 million hospital is eight stories with room for expansion and unprecedented storm-hardening features. Mercy Hospital Joplin has received numerous accolades over the years. Most recently, the hospital has earned recognition from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, as the only Top General Hospital in Missouri and one of only 45 Top General Hospitals nationwide. Mercy not only excels in patient safety, service and quality, but also is a leader in bringing the most-advanced technology to Joplin to care for patients. Research shows 3-D mammography detects cancer earlier. Mercy Hospital Joplin offers patients automated breast ultrasound system as a supplement to mammography for women with dense breast tissue. By pairing the two, Mercy Breast Center is able to better detect small cancers that may not be seen on a mammogram alone. The center has received accreditation 30

from the American College of Surgeons acknowledging Mercy’s commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease. With robotic surgery at Mercy Hospital Joplin, patients experience less pain, have fewer complications and benefit from faster recovery time. These are also outpatient procedures and do not require a hospital stay. Unlike open surgeries that require large incisions, robotic-assisted procedures use a number of small incisions usually .5 to 1.5 centimeters long. During these procedures, a thin tube with a camera provides a high-resolution, 3-D image of the surgical site. Through the tiny incisions, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments attached to robotic arms. The robotic “wrists” can rotate 360 degrees and move in tiny increments, providing greater surgical precision and improved access to hard-to-reach areas. Sometimes it’s an everyday challenge to manage a healthy lifestyle. A Mercy program called Engagement@Home is doing wonders for patients with multiple and complicated medical conditions, such as those with congestive heart failure, to keep them well and reduce their need for hospitalization. Mercy’s virtual health care providers keep a close “medical eye” on the patient’s vitals through a secure internet connection, a tablet and wireless monitoring equipment. Each day, the patient can easily monitor weight, pulse, oxygen levels and blood pressure on devices that link to the tablet. Readings alert the Mercy Virtual Care Center team to sudden changes so they can reach out to the patient to see what’s happening and make tweaks to medication or make simple suggestions to help the patient.

The program can decrease their medical costs and increase quality of life. Since launching Engagement@Home as a pilot program in 2016, results show a 50 percent reduction in emergency department visits and a 50 percent reduction in hospital readmissions. The experts at the Mercy Bariatric Center specialize in obesity, its causes, prevention and treatments. Bariatric surgery is divided into two different approaches to helping treat obesity: restrictive, where the stomach’s size and capacity are reduced; and malabsorption, where the stomach’s ability to absorb calories and nutrients is reduced. Mercy provides a variety of bariatric procedures including gastric sleeve, gastric banding and gastric bypass. In addition to partnering with the patient’s primary care physician, Mercy utilizes psychologists, dietitians, physical therapists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and surgeons to ensure the patient’s success. Find out more about Mercy Joplin by visiting mercy.net. n

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When feeling better canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait The Mercy team you trust offers convenient walk-in care for minor illness and injury. Your Mercy electronic health record is close at hand so you can get in, get out and get better fast.

Learn when to choose convenient care over the ER at mercy.net/JoplinArea Mercy Convenient Care Locations:

1717 S. Range Line Road, Suite B | Joplin, MO | 417.623.2207 Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202 E. 50th Street | Joplin, MO | 417.556.5800 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 6151 N. Main Street Road | Webb City, MO | 417.556.5350 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Via Christi Mercy Convenient Care:

1300 E. Centennial Drive | Pittsburg, KS | 620.232.2890 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Freeman Health System freemanhealth.com Freeman Health System continues its 93 years of rich heritage in delivering exceptional, quality health care to Joplin and its surrounding communities. As a testament to the ongoing dedication of Freeman to quality care and patient safety, Freeman was again recognized with more distinctions, including almost 100 separate categories from CareChex – a quality rating system that helps consumers make decisions about where to obtain their health care. Among other accolades, Freeman received two awards from the American Heart Association: Mission Lifeline Silver Plus and Silver Level for Workplace Health Achievement. The Leapfrog Group again awarded an “A” grade to Freeman for patient safety and quality and named it a Top Teaching Hospital. The Freeman Bariatric Center earned accreditation as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The first and only comprehensive bariatric program in the area to be accredited within a 100-mile radius, Freeman Bariatric Center meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute is one of only four practices in Missouri to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care. Freeman Radiation Oncology now offers Optune, a treatment for newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive form of brain cancer. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, more than 12,000 individuals in the U.S. will be affected by GBM this year. Freeman became the first and only local hospital to offer high-dose rate brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy that enables doctors to deliver higher doses of radiation to specific areas of the entire body by placing radioactive sources inside the tumor cavity. Additionally, new service lines were launched this year, including one for osteoporosis, spinal care and Freeman First Care that helps individuals and employers get established with a primary care provider and can assist with referrals to specialists as needed. Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures in the area and opened its Structural Heart program. The minimally invasive technique gives hope to patients who suffer from severe

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aortic stenosis, but who are not ideal candidates for a complex open heart surgery. Freeman held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Freeman Neosho Hospital to celebrate the completion of a project to expand computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging services. The project is the largest at the Neosho campus since 1983. The addition was named the Larry D. Neff CT-MRI Suite after Larry D. Neff, who passed away in May 2016. Neff served as chairman of the Freeman Neosho Board of Directors and was an 18-year member of the Freeman Health System Board of Directors. Also in Neosho, Freeman Neosho Rehabilitation Services was recognized by Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. with an outcomes excellence award for orthopaedic rehab. Ozark Center recently opened a new location with all adult psychiatric services now under one roof. The center program is known as HOPE Spring – Healing, Overcoming, Persevering and Empowering. In addition, a new opioid clinic for assessment and treatment opened recently. Another clinic that opened this year under Ozark Center is a walk-in clinic, where patients can be seen the same day and/or with less waiting. Additionally, Ozark has a new eating disorders treatment team in place to provide family-based treatment and interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders. n

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Ronald McDonald House rmhjoplin.org Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States creates, finds and supports programs that directly support the health and well-being of children and their families. The charity operates the only worldwide service of its kind through two programs. Ronald McDonald House of the Four States opened its doors on July 27, 1998. Ronald McDonald House celebrates 20 years of serving families of seriously ill children and ill expectant mothers being treated at Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital Joplin. Twenty-four hours

per day, seven days a week the 14,000-square-foot facility located at 3402 S. Jackson in Joplin, Missouri, offers families a home away from home, the support of other families experiencing the same circumstances and the comfort and care provided by staff and over 140 volunteers. Ronald McDonald Family Room opened Nov. 13, 2017, in Mercy Hospital Joplin. When a child is critically ill, parents

needs a break from the ongoing stress of beeping monitors and busy intensive care units. The 850-square-foot room, located on the sixth floor of Mercy Hospital, offers families a place of respite, relaxation and privacy just steps away from their child’s bedside. Services are available to families of pediatric patients from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. n

Ronald McDonald House of the Four States Celebrating 20 Years 1998-2018

Providing a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children (0-21) and ill expectant mothers being treated at Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States is a 501(c)(3) established in 1996 with the mission to create, find and support programs that better the lives of children and families.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States ortho4states.com Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States (Ortho Four States) is the largest and most comprehensive neck-to-toe orthopedic and sports medicine care group and facility in the Four State Area, providing a compassionate, patient-centered approach to worldclass orthopedic care, according to Joe Caputo, Chief Executive Officer of the 11-physician care group. Ortho Four States has a large patient care campus in Galena, Kansas which includes a 36-bed hospital, HydroWorx therapy pools in a nationally recognized rehabilitation center, an ambulatory surgery center, a pharmacy and a variety of other physician offices for other specialties. Ortho Four States also offers satellite offices in Pittsburg, Kansas; Fort Scott, Kansas; Carthage, Missouri; Grove, Oklahoma; and Bentonville, Arkansas. The primary service area for Ortho Four States extends in a 60 to 70-mile radius of Galena, an area that boasts a population of approximately 450,000, according to Caputo. The roots of Ortho Four States can be traced back 11 years to when a group of fellowshiptrained and board-certified orthopedic physicians and surgeons formed a medical practice in Joplin in January 2007. Three years later, in 2010, they opened a medical office and ambulatory surgery center across the state line in Galena, Kansas, where insurance regulations were less restrictive and where large pieces of medical equipment and facilities could be purchased and/ or built without having to obtain a “Certificate of Need,” as is required in Missouri, Caputo said.

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“We wanted to deliver a level of quality and service to our patients unlike anything being offered in the Four State Area and we knew that we could do that better if we were operating on our own,” he added. “We also wanted to deliver the whole continuum of orthopedic and spine care on our campus.” From medical treatments and physical therapy, to non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures, to the most challenging musculoskeletal surgeries, Ortho Four States serves those needing treatment for accidents, injuries, sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, joint replacement and revision, bone health, medical conditions, pain management, disease processes and infection. “Our doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapy assistants work together to provide patients and their families with individually-created care plans, targeted at correcting and eliminating the pain and suffering caused by injuries and disorders of the spine and joints,” Caputo said. In 2013 the orthopedic group partnered with the City of Galena to open Premier Surgical Institute, a general acute care hospital that accommodates a variety of surgical specialties including orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery, and ear-nose-throat (ENT) surgery just to name a few. Premier Surgical Institute does not, however, offer an emergency room or intensive care unit services. “A section of the Affordable Care Act prohibited physicians from owning the operations of hospitals. So we ended up partnering with the City of Galena, which actually owns the operations of the hospital,” Caputo explained. “In addition to Premier Surgical Institute, our physicians also have privileges at Stateline Surgery Center in Galena, Kansas, Mercy Hospital in Carthage, Missouri, Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas and Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas.”

In fact, many Ortho Four States physicians grew up in the Joplin area and returned home after training and working their residency in larger cities around the country. “While away, Ortho Four States’ doctors not only acquired advanced medical and surgical techniques, but identified various ways to best care for their patients. Each with their own area of orthopedic specialty, Ortho Four States physician-architects came together to collectively forge a master plan to build Ortho Four States’ patient-centered practice and orthopedic facilities,” Caputo said. Premier Surgical Institute has been recognized with impressive awards recently. In 2016 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Premier Surgical Institute their highest rating – five stars. The National Research Corporation named Premier Surgical Institute a top “patient-centered care” performer among hospitals with less than 100 beds in both 2015 and 2016, and, in early 2017, Becker’s Hospital Review honored Premier Surgical Institute for receiving Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores in the 90th percentile. Premier Surgical Institute is one of 57 hospitals in the country to earn this prestigious recognition with 90 percent or more of patients giving them an overall care rating of nine or 10 on the patients’ HCAHPS survey. Premier Surgical Institute has won the Spine Surgery Excellence Award two years in a row in 2017 and 2018, and was named among the top 5% in the Nation for Spine Surgery in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, the hospital is a Five-Star recipient for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Spinal Fusion Surgery in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Ortho Four States also prides itself on helping patients navigate the complex insurance and health care system. Ortho Four States accepts most insurance plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield and many Freeman and Mercy directed plans. n

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Hometown Pediatrics of Joplin LLC HEALTHCARE

joplinhometownpeds.com Hometown Pediatrics of Joplin LLC is literally a labor of love for Dr. Shari Smith and her two nurse practitioners, Stephanie Stewart and Jill Blair. All three were born and raised in Joplin and they have made it their mission to make a difference in the lives of the community’s young people and to help them grow into happy, healthy and good young adults. The practice opened in late 2014 and it grew so fast they found they needed to build a larger building, which opened October 2017. The new location is at 200 Castle Drive in Joplin, next door to All Aboard Ice Cream. Dr. Smith was trained as an osteopathic pediatrician, which means she takes a whole person approach to treating her patients, taking the emotional health of each patient into consideration along with their physical health. Stewart and Blair follow suit. Hometown Pediatrics is also a faithbased practice. “This is our mission, not our job,” she said. “Stephanie and I had been practicing together for 10 years before we opened this practice together. We wanted a place that felt personal, comfortable, happy and safe to our patients and their parents. So we gave the office a homey, family feeling, not a sterile one, by incorporating old church benches from a church in Oklahoma and providing lots of activities for the patients. “We are so happy with how it has turned out,” Dr. Smith said. We all have our own children of varying ages, so we understand how the parents feel.” That is why they adopted the slogan of “Our family taking care of your family.” “And we all appreciate one another. All of our jobs are important and we all know that. So if there is a problem, we will all pitch in to help,” Dr. Smith added. n

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Children’s Mercy Kansas City childrensmercy.org Children with specialized medical issues may receive diagnosis and care closer to home than ever before. Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the premier pediatric hospital in the region, has been serving the Joplin region since 2014. In a unique collaboration with Freeman Health Systems, Children’s Mercy has been working with family practitioners to bring pediatricians with world-class expertise in subspecialty care, according to Marshaun Butler, vice president.

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The clinic, located at 3333 McIntosh Circle Drive, offers rotating sub-specialty clinics in seven specialties – cardiology, endocrinology/diabetes, oncology, hematology, gastroenterology, nephrology and plastic surgery and an additional 20 sub-specialties via telemedicine. Children’s Kansas City, as the clinic is called, currently features five exam rooms and core care teams who assist the many specialists who rotate through the clinic each month, as well as the pediatric gastroenterologist who practices at the clinic full-time. Some specialists bring an entire team of support staff with them on each rotation, while others receive support from the onsite staff in Joplin, Butler said. Once a child has been diagnosed, the physicians and parents coordinate a care plan. If complicated surgery is indicated or long-term support is needed, the patients are considered for transfer to Children’s Mercy’s 314-bed hospital in Kansas City. Parents are also sometimes given the option of having the surgery done locally. “It is handled on a case-by-case basis,” Butler said.

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“We generally like to be invited into an area to collaborate with and complement the general pediatricians already practicing there,” Butler added. “We step in where there is a gap in specialty service and where patients and their parents would otherwise have to travel long distances to reach pediatric specialists. We like to say that we offer world-class care, close to home.” The reaction of Joplin parents and grandparents to Children’s Mercy coming to Joplin to treat children in southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas has been very positive. “They are so happy that we are in their community so that they can make appointments in their own backyard. It really reduces the burden of having to travel 150 miles to Kansas City, potentially incurring the expense of a hotel room, taking time off of work and taking their children out of school.”

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Children’s Mercy is an independent children’s hospital that is not part of the Mercy System which has a presence in Joplin, Butler pointed out. “In Joplin we are affiliated with the Freeman Health System, but we will see patients coming from any local pediatrician, regardless of the health system,” she said.

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U.S News and World Report has named Children’s Mercy Kansas City as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals with rankings in 10 specialties, according to Butler. It is also the only hospital in Missouri or Kansas to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence four consecutive times, and is one of just eight hospitals, pediatric or adult, in both states to achieve this milestone from the Magnet Recognition Program®. Children’s Mercy earned Magnet designation in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2016. n

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Joplin School District joplinschools.org The Joplin School District embraces its role as a community leader, preparing students to be ready to excel in a variety of endeavors after they graduate. “Thriving communities need thriving schools and Joplin Eagles are on the move! Parents send us their most precious resource to be supported in a safe, nurturing environment where maximizing the learning of each student is our number one priority,” said Dr. Melinda Moss, superintendent of the Joplin School District. “Making sure that our schools prepare every learner to be intellectually, socially and physically ready to take on the challenges in the next level of learning is the highlight of our strategic plan. It’s what we do, every day, for our children and our community.” The primary focus of Joplin Schools is its “3 to Achieve” initiative, which drives its strategic plan: 1) STUDENT READINESS: n

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These focus areas are emphasized every day with the district’s 7,600 students and almost 1,500 employees across 15 K-12 schools as well as a career and technical center and an alternative center. In addition, an early childhood center opened in April 2018. The Center opened with almost 200 children in 14 classrooms and was built through state and federal funding. Other Joplin School District highlights include: • Memorial Education Center celebrated 100 years of service to students and will continue with upcoming renovations for adult education programs. • Six Joplin High School graduates earned associate degrees from Crowder College through a partnership with Joplin Schools and Missouri Southern State University. • The district has adopted the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy to recognize and celebrate students who acquire biliteracy skills and sociocultural awareness.

• The high school offers career and college opportunities including Advanced Placement courses, dual credit courses, Project Lead The Way courses and online learning opportunities. In addition, Franklin Technology Center offers students opportunities to prepare for the workplace directly after high school. • Summer school is an important part of the experience for students beyond the regular school year. Students have the opportunity to explore engaging and enriching opportunities. Transportation, breakfast and lunch are provided during the summer program. n

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Private Schools JOPLIN AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS jacss.org More than 2,000 students have graduated from the Joplin Area Catholic Schools system, which was founded in 1885 by the Sisters of Mercy, according to Director of Schools Georgiana McGriff. The schools, which include St. Mary’s Elementary School, St. Peter’s Middle School and McAuley High School, are poised for the future with updated technology, notable partnerships and a focus on public service that enriches the community. “We provide a safe and welcoming environment to all students, Catholic and non-Catholic,” McGriff said. “We instill in our students the value of service to others and we partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.”

Academic excellence and spiritual awareness are evident when you look at these attributes from the Class of 2017 from McAuley:

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College Heights Christian School is a college prep non-denominational school founded in 1978, with an enrollment of 550 students in pre-school through high school.

• More than 1,500 hours of community service • Approximately $1.2 million awarded in scholarships in 2017 In addition, the district is: • Implementing a class at McAuley using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University • Installing 14 smart boards at St. Mary’s • Participating as a Duke TIP gifted program school • Implementing Project Lead The Way’s Bio-Medicine program at McAuley with Mercy Health System as a partner

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CHCS is a Christ-centered learning environment where students attend weekly chapel and have Christian values and Biblical lessons incorporated into all studies. As a member of MSHSAA, CHCS competes against area schools in sports such as cross country, track, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and golf. The school also offers drama, academic bowl, acclaimed programs in vocal and instrumental music and visual arts.

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National Merit Commended and Finalist students are commonly named from College Heights. Students attend colleges across the U.S. from a graduating class of about 40.

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texts – both modern and ancient, the humanities, foreign languages, studio and performing arts, mathematics, and the sciences. Technology is fully integrated into the school’s program.

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All students follow the college prep curriculum with additional options including Advanced Placement Calculus, Biology, and Lit and Comp along with 33 hours of dual credit classes. The Spanish program is taught from preschool through high school dual credit Spanish 4. For 2018, the Missouri A+ scholarship program was implemented to CHCS students in addition to numerous other collegiate scholarship opportunities.

The school has distinguished itself both academically and athletically at the national and state levels, and students regularly receive enrollment and impressive merit scholarship offerings at selective colleges across the country. Students are engaged in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with all students taking several Advanced Placement courses during their upper school years. Extracurricular activities include performing and visual arts, academic and athletic competitions, field trips and clubs.

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Martin Luther Christian School is an accredited early education, elementary, and middle school located at 26th & Connecticut in Joplin. The school educates students from preschool through eighth grade. It provides whole child education, linking curriculum to the real world, helping students become problem solvers, good stewards and active citizens.

Mother Catherine McAuley’s Sisters of Mercy founded St. Peter’s School in Joplin in 1885. JACS continues this tradition of faithful Catholic education in her spirit.

The early childhood center features a flexible schedule for families, along with new classrooms that are also safe rooms in the event of inclement weather. The school offers half-day and full-day kindergarten and first through eighth grades. Class sizes are limited, which means there is a low student-to-teacher ratio. Parents can call the school to set up an Educational Success Consultation.

THOMAS JEFFERSON INDEPENDENT DAY SCHOOL tjeffschool.org The school, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was the vision of a group of Joplin parents who were determined to provide an excellent educational experience to prepare their children for college and life.

Joplin Area Catholic Schools provide Catholic and non-Catholic students with a strong academic and Catholic faith foundation. Focusing on educational and social skills needed to be active, productive members of the community and Church, we teach students to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life so they will be effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world.

The ISACS-accredited school, which encompasses more than 90,000 square feet on 26 acres, has a pre-K-12 enrollment of more than 360 students.

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Pittsburg State University pittstate.edu Pittsburg State University, which was founded in 1903 as the State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary, is a comprehensive state university with more than 150 degree programs and more than 6,900 students from across the United States and around the globe. PSU offers accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in many areas, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing practice. U.S. News & World Report consistently includes the university in its “Best in the Midwest” list of colleges and universities and a number of PSU’s academic programs are nationally ranked. Pitt State is organized into four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelce College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Technology. The College of Arts and Sciences includes a wide array of programs ranging from art, music and communication to nursing, biology, chemistry and physics. For instance, the University’s pre-professional programs, including pre-medicine, have a reputation for high placement rates in professional institutions and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has graduated bachelor’s and master’s degree nurses to serve the region for more than 45 years. The school recently added a doctoral program in nursing practice. In addition, the College launched a polymer chemistry initiative in 2014 and today PSU offers the only bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in polymer chemistry in the region. Even undergraduates are initiating important polymer research and getting it published in respected journals. Nearly a dozen researchers from around the world are also housed in the Kansas Polymer Research Center where they partner with 44

industry to develop groundbreaking bio-based resources for industrial applications using everything from orange peels to soybean oil. The Kelce College of Business has developed a reputation for both high academic standards and successful graduates. The Princeton Review lists the college as third among “FamilyFriendly” schools and it is included on The Princeton Review’s list of the “Best 294 Business Schools.” The College of Education traces its roots to the university’s early days, and Pitt State grads can be found making a difference in students’ lives in school classrooms and administrative posts throughout the Four-State Region and across the country. The College of Education serves students in three departments: health, human performance and recreation; psychology and counseling; and teaching and leadership. Finally, located in the Kansas Technology Center, the university’s College of Technology encompasses 15 degree programs, many of which are nationally recognized. Departments include automotive technology, engineering technology, graphics and imaging technologies, the school of construction and technology and workforce learning.

The 278,000-square-foot Kansas Technology Center provides space for scores of labs where students work with the latest technology available to industry. Much of that technology is in place because of strong ties between the College of Technology and hundreds of industry partners around the world. From the earliest days, the University, the community and alumni have benefited from strong partnerships. The Kansas Technology Center, the Student Recreation Center, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Tyler Research Center and the Plaster Indoor Event Center are just some of the projects that relied on a mixture of private and public support. This year, the University, City and private investors are working together to renovate and repurpose four historic buildings in downtown Pittsburg. Pitt State also has a big impact on the cultural life of the local community and the region. Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the Four-State Area attend concerts, theatrical productions, addresses by internationally-known speakers, sporting events and gallery exhibits. Many are free to the public. n

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Missouri Southern State University mssu.edu Missouri Southern State University is a regional educational powerhouse that prepares graduates to play an active role in the global economy. Missouri Southern, which has been in Joplin since 1937, started as a junior college. It now is a comprehensive fouryear state-supported institution, offering NCAA Division II athletics, themed semesters, enriching cultural events in theater, art, music and film and much more. “Our thinking is global,” said Cassie Mathes, director of university relations & marketing. “As a university, we know we have the power to make a difference in the lives of our students and people in our region, nation and the world.” Central to the MSSU mission is a strong commitment to international education, liberal arts, professional and pre-professional programs and the complementary relationship that must exist among them to prepare individuals for success in careers and lifelong learning.

FAST FACTS FOUNDED: 1937 TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 6,174 (fall 2017) LOCATION: 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin ATHLETICS: NCAA Division II ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MASCOT: Roary the Lion STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 19-1

More than 6,000 students are pursuing degrees and certificates in nearly 140 different academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate. The University’s academic programs are organized into four schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Health Sciences. MSSU also offers a division of graduate studies and distance learning. 46

For the last several years, MSSU’s affordable in-state tuition rate has also been offered to residents of several other states through the Lion Pride Tuition program. This means students in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas can also take advantage of the in-state tuition rate. Missouri Southern is building for the future as well. Construction is underway on Nixon Hall, which will serve as the new home for the University’s mathematics program. The 20,000-square-foot, three-story building will be on the south side of Reynolds Hall and connected via a skywalk to the main hall of Reynolds’ second floor. It will house mathematics classrooms, faculty offices, a computer lab and student study areas. The $8.1 million construction project is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the spring 2019 semester. Other notable initiatives at MSSU include: • The new Master of Science in Management program, which continues to thrive. Enrollment for the program, which offers human resource and general management tracks, has grown by more than 45 percent in the last year. • The Great Game of Education, a firstof-its-kind program, is designed to give all campus employees a vested interest in the University’s financial well-being. A series of financial training sessions was designed to give employees an understanding of openbook management principles and an invaluable perspective on how their roles affect the University’s bottom line. • MSSU’s progressive work in the education field has resulted in Dr. Alan Marble, president of the University, being recognized among the 2018 Icons of Education class by Ingram’s magazine. The annual recognition honors those who, with the body of their working classrooms or administrative roles, have demonstrated exceptional ability to

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influence students and elevate their academic performance, or whose administrative contributions have enabled teaching staffs to do the same. • Students are regularly recognized for their work in and out of the classroom, including the music department, mock trial team and athletic teams. • Since 1997, MSSU has made a concerted effort to internationalize its curriculum with themed semesters. Each fall, a particular country or region of the world is selected to become the focus of intensive study from the classroom to the cafeteria. Over the years, those semesters have focused on China, India, Russia, Cuba, Africa, Great Britain and many others. In 2018, MSSU will celebrate the Scandinavian Semester. The University’s international mission was developed in the 1980s as a way of ensuring that students were prepared for an increasingly globalized economy and world. • Study abroad programs provide MSSU students with additional opportunities to gain an understanding of other cultures and international issues. In 2018-19, students will travel to Paris, China, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Europe, Scandinavia and Sweden under faculty supervision. Individually, students can spend an entire semester in such countries as Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands or Morocco through the International Student Exchange Program or MSSU’s bilateral agreements with universities around the world. n

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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Founded in 1916, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences began as one of the nation’s first colleges of osteopathic medicine and has grown to become the largest medical school in Missouri. In 2017, KCU opened a second campus in Joplin, marking a significant milestone in the University’s history. KCU-Joplin was made possible through partnerships between KCU and Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and philanthropic leaders from Joplin and the surrounding communities.

As the only medical school campus in southwest Missouri, KCU-Joplin seeks to provide educational opportunities for students who want to study and practice medicine in the area, rather than having to relocate. As the region experiences a growing need for physicians, it’s hoped that KCU-Joplin will help provide new doctors who expand access to primary care. Currently, KCU is the secondlargest provider of physicians in Missouri and Kansas, with more than 60 percent of alumni practicing in primary care specialties.

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KCU-Joplin’s inaugural class of 162 students began in July 2017; in four years, the College of Osteopathic Medicine will reach full enrollment with 600 total students having matriculated. At that time, KCU-Joplin will have also added approximately 100 new jobs and will provide an estimated annual economic impact of $120 million to the region. n

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Crowder College crowder.edu Crowder College is a community college that was created in 1963 when community, business and educational leaders teamed up to bring affordable higher education to southwestern Missouri. It was built on the site of Camp Crowder in Neosho, a signal corps training center during World War II, hence the name.

offered at the Neosho campus, but many students attend classes at other campuses (Cassville, Webb City, Nevada, McDonald County and Joplin ATTC) and live on the main campus. The College is responsible for a ninecounty service region, but with its southwest Missouri location many

students travel across the state lines of Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma to attend Crowder. The college does not charge out-of-state tuition, making it especially attractive to those living in nearby states. Missouri students who have graduated from an A+ high school program may

Crowder College offers degrees and programs in a variety of fields, including nursing, business, agriculture, alternative energy, welding, advanced manufacturing, occupational therapy and transportation. Students gain the experience and credentials they need to enter the workforce. Crowder also offers programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities in pursuit of a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. This flexibility makes college more affordable. With an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students, Crowder boasts a studentto-faculty ratio of 14-1. Housing is

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get their tuition and common fees paid at Crowder. Only community colleges in the state are able to provide the A+ funding as the state reimburses the College for these students. Missouri does have free community college tuition for those who qualify with A+. Crowder College has metriculation agreements with Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, Missouri State University and more. This allows students the opportunity to transfer to these institutions seamlessly upon completion of their studies at Crowder. Men’s baseball and soccer and women’s basketball and softball play a very large part in campus life at this nationallyranked Division I school. Over the years, numerous Crowder College athletes have been drafted into Major League Baseball and have been named All-Americans in both athletics and academics. In fact, the school hosts scouting days when college and professional scouts may visit the campus to see prospects for four-year and professional athletics. Crowder College also boasts a Business and Training Development segment that offers customized non-credit training to area industries for their employees. Crowder has partnered with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to offer classes at the Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center. The programs offered include: Advanced Manufacturing – Programmable Logic Controllers, Computer IT, Drafting, and Welding. These programs are set to complete a certificate in one or two semesters. The experience gained in these programs allows a student to enter the workforce in a high-demand field. n

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Missouri State University’s Joplin Outreach outreach.missouristate.edu/joplin.htm Scores of educational professionals and social workers in southwestern Missouri have advanced their careers since the early 1990s by attending classes at Missouri State University’s Joplin Outreach campus and earning graduate degrees without having to travel 72 miles to the main campus in Springfield. The Missouri State University Outreach Center in Joplin moved to its current location in 2010 and now not only educates graduate students in its classrooms, but it also assists undergraduates who are taking online classes by offering test proctoring, computer labs and other support services, according to Larry Nichols, regional outreach administrator for the Southwest Region, which includes centers in Joplin, Nevada, Cassville and Neosho.

Missouri State University began in 1905 and was formerly called Southwest Missouri State University. It officially changed its name to Missouri State University in 2005 in order to reach out to students all over the state. Today MSU’s three campuses in Missouri, its one campus in China and its many satellite locations enroll 26,000 students. The Joplin Outreach Center generally enrolls 25 to 60 students per semester and the majority of courses are offered in the evenings. Traditional classes, as well as classes using interactive television and Zoom web conferencing to allow students in various locations to interact

with each other and the professor, are all offered. “We are constantly trying to grow opportunities in this region and make higher education accessible to all,” Nichols said. n

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degrees and even an online degree, said Amy Storms, director of marketing and communications. Majors include psychology and counseling, student ministry, biblical communication, biblical justice, worship arts and organizational leadership. “Currently, we have an enrollment of approximately 600 undergraduate students on campus, plus a few dozen studying with us online,” she said. “Many of our students are simultaneously pursuing a degree at Missouri Southern State University through our dual degree program allowing them to receive a bachelor’s degree from each institution over a fiveyear period.” Student ministry majors generally go on to pursue careers in youth ministry, working with

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junior high and high school students, while those majoring in worship arts are employed in music ministries and other related fields. Biblical justice majors may go on to law school or choose to work in social service agencies, while those who study preaching go on to speak and teach regularly in their churches. Ozark’s 15,000 alumni have served in 50 states and over 100 different countries. Among them are best-selling authors Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and Jon Weece of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Ozark Christian College was founded in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 1942. It moved to the much more bustling Joplin in 1944 where it initially operated out of a renovated house on North Wall Street. Ozark moved to its current 100-acre campus in the early 1960s. Students participate athletically in six varsity sports – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. n

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Vatterott College-Joplin specializes in trade school classes and career college programs in its approximately 30,000 square feet of lab and classroom space on Illinois Avenue.

The WTI Joplin campus specializes in helping students change careers, begin new careers or train for promotions. WTI, which has five campus locations in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, has been in career education since 1954.

The facility features lecture, lab and shop areas with industry-related equipment and computers needed for demonstration, instruction and student hands-on training. From enrollment until graduation and beyond, the school is very hands-on with students, providing them with the skills, training and resources they need to embark on a successful career. The career-focused offerings include: • Trades: The campus is enrolling students for computer-aided drafting, welding, HVACR and electrical programs.

“We are different due to the fact we are small, student-centered, flexible and help the students by making enrollment through graduation a process where we work as one,” said Campus Director Linda Lynch. “We stand beside our students through the process.” The school offers programs for: • Computer technology and network administration • Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology

“WTI strives to develop students’ knowledge and commitment to their future by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed in their chosen field,” Lynch said. “We also set standards that will help each individual student develop the personal character and self-respect that is vital to his/her success after graduation.”

CITY POINTE BEAUTY ACADEMY citypointebeauty.com City Pointe Beauty Academy has continued to grow in the nine years it has served the Joplin area, expanding in 2017 to add even more space. City Pointe has an enrollment of between 60-70 students in the building with room to grow. It is a Redken premier school, which means City Pointe trains students using only top-of-the-line professional products. “Our school programs are cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology and massage

• Medical assistant • Automotive technology training • Business management The school has more than 100 students and offers continuous enrollment. New classes enroll every 10 weeks. “We prepare our students for their future careers starting day one of classes,” said Vatterott College-Joplin Campus Director Lauren Maggard. “Each of our instructors have set expectations for their students depending on the program to help them prepare for their future careers. We also hold mock interviews and career fairs throughout the student’s time at Vatterott.”

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The school started its first class in 2009 in a 9,000-square-foot facility. In 2017, the Academy added 1,750 square feet and built on to its massage program. The academy is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, licensed by the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, the Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage, certified to operate by Missouri Department of Education and approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer federal student aid.

NEW DIMENSIONS SCHOOL OF HAIR DESIGN newdimensionsschoolofhair design.com New Dimensions, which was opened in 1991 by Dennis and Sharon Clements, teaches cosmetology, hairdressing and manicuring to Joplin-area students. Starting the school became a focus for Sharon after she attended a different school in the Joplin area. “My passion switched from standing behind the chair to educating students in their passion for this industry,” she said. “It is pure joy to watch a student’s face light up when they accomplish a task or grasp onto a new concept or idea.” The school uses Paul Mitchell products and plays host to Paul Mitchell-trained educators who come into the school twice monthly to provide further education to the students. These extra classes concentrate more on the aspects of working in the salon and guest services than textbook theory. The school has about 30 students at a time. New Dimensions offers different attendance schedules to fit the needs and lifestyles of students, including people with part-time jobs, single parents or parents with school-age children.

“We try to have fun while we learn,” Sharon Clements said. “I want our students to say years from now that they had fun when they were in beauty school.”

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therapy,” said Sherry Porter, owner of City Pointe. “We teach everything they need to know to pass their written and practical tests, as well as providing them practical hands-on work with actual guests in our salon and spa. We consider hands-on a very important aspect of their education in order to grow and build their technical skills as well as their business skills.”

ADVANCED TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER joplincc.com/attc The focus areas for the Advanced Training & Technology Center (ATTC) are to provide workforce training and facilitate business incubation. The ATTC, which is a partnership between the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, City of Joplin, Crowder College and Workforce Innovation Board, includes Crowder-taught classes in welding, advanced manufacturing, information technology, computeraided drafting and community health. In addition to the classroom areas, the building has more than 6,000 square feet of additional business incubator space, including a full commercial kitchen to incubate culinary businesses. The incubator space is the only one of its kind in Joplin, and can ease the financial burden on entrepreneurs in a variety of fields who are trying to get a business off the ground, said Loni Smith, director of small business incubation for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Through the incubator’s connections with the Chamber, the entrepreneurs can get assistance with setting up a business plan, obtain mentorship and network with other Chamber members. “The goal, in the end, is job creation,” Smith said. “We want people to start small businesses, hire more local talent and grow our economy.”

FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY CENTER franklintechnologycenter.com ftc.joplinschools.org Franklin Technology Center is an area career center (formerly known as vocational school) dedicated to serving secondary students from the districts of

Joplin, Carl Junction, Webb City and Sarcoxie, as well as some home school and private school students in the area. In addition to serving secondary students, FTC also serves approximately 200 full-time adult students annually. Franklin Technology Center started as a Joplin Schools program in 1937 and has offered programs through the years to help meet the manpower needs of the community. Programs are offered at the secondary level in the areas of trade and industry, health, agriculture, business and marketing. Career and technical student organizations such as FFA, Skills USA, FBLA and DECA are co-curricular and provide workplace readiness skills as well as many opportunities for leadership. Primary focus for all FTC programs, both secondary and adult, is on high wage/ high demand occupational areas. n w w w. jop linc c .c om

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The Post Art Reference Library, located within the Joplin Public Library, offers upgraded arts and cultural programming, with its director, Jill Sullivan, curating shows of local and regional artists in the building’s main gallery and display spaces. State-of-the-art technology enables library staff to better meet the needs of the increased number of patrons. The drive-through book drop sees constant traffic. Multiple self-checkout stations populate the building. An automated system checks in and sorts materials. Coming soon is the 24/7 locker pick-up of books on reserve. All of these features have resulted in a rise in patronage, Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage noted. “We have seen a 32 percent increase in circulation of materials and a 21 percent increase in program attendance,” she said. Furthermore, new patron cards have increased dramatically. n

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The cutting-edge “maker spaces” for both teens and adults are equipped with 3-D printers, a 3-D scanner, a laser cutting and engraving machine, video projection equipment, digital media conversion technology, sewing machines and computers with advanced software. The maker spaces have been immensely popular, so much so that a new employee was hired to staff the adult space and offer set hours to supplement the appointments patrons may make. The teen space is currently available by appointment only and during programming.

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oplin is fortunate to have groups in the community working to promote arts and culture and keep residents informed of upcoming opportunities. Connect2Culture (C2C) was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit arts organization and has operated as Joplin’s community arts agency since 2013. “One of our goals is to give all the arts organizations in the area a voice,” said Emily Frankoski, community arts director. “We work with many different organizations to help grow the arts community.” Operating as an umbrella organization, C2C supports the overall development of arts and culture in Joplin. “Joplin is fortunate to have groups in the community working to promote arts and culture and keep residents informed of upcoming opportunities,” she added. As a service to the community, the C2C website (connect2culture.org) features a comprehensive arts directory that acquaints residents and visitors with arts and culture offerings in the city. The site also provides access to arts roundtable discussions, a photographic public art directory, monthly Joplin arts news and

information on how to get more involved in the arts. The biweekly Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar, available by email subscription, keeps residents informed of upcoming events, performances, exhibits and classes. In addition to arts services, C2C brings national touring performers to the area on a regular basis with their Curtains Up series initiated in fall 2017. They also host Joplin’s annual bluegrass festival, Fiddlers on the Route, every third weekend in June.

All of these efforts lead to an even bigger picture for the arts in Joplin. Connect2Culture and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin’s premiere visual arts center, have been working since 2009 to build a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center and plan to realize the Center in 2021. Plans include a multi-functional 450-seat performing arts venue that presents varied opportunities for usage, an expanded home for George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and a 1,800-2,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater/festival plaza. This exciting development will be located in the heart of downtown Joplin. Downtown Joplin Alliance was formed as a nonprofit organization to help revitalize the downtown community. Promoting the downtown area as a fun destination where visitors and residents can enjoy art, history, shopping and entertainment, the organization hosts several events throughout the year. Third Thursday has been the city’s trademark cultural event since 2008. From March through October on every third Thursday of the month, Joplin’s Main Street becomes a destination for enjoying music, entertainment, shopping and food. The main event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and draws a crowd of 5000

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attendees! With food trucks, live music, artisan market, shopping, and performances of all types, Third Thursday is a must-attend event. Downtown restaurants offer dinner specials on Third Thursday as well as takeout items participants can enjoy as they stroll through the event. Shoppers find a variety of discounts as well as contests, special classes and events to make shopping downtown a fun experience. Downtown Joplin Alliance is also launching a brand new farmers market experience. April 28th, the Joplin Empire Market opened. It is a food-centric market held every Saturday year-round at 931 East 4th Street. The Empire Market combines farm fresh

goodness, hand-crafted products and local eateries, all in one location. Customers can shop for their weekly groceries, find unique gifts made by local artisans, enjoy local music and a meal, all within the market’s laid back atmosphere. The region’s universities provide additional arts opportunities. Missouri Southern State University hosts the Missouri Shakespeare Festival in June. Financially supported by the Missouri Arts Council, the annual event presents some of Shakespeare’s most famous works at the Bud Walton Theatre. Staged over two weekends, the event, organized by the theater department at MSSU, has included productions of “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest.” The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University hosts a variety of public musical performances, theater productions and lectures. The $33-million facility features a 1,100-seat performance hall, a 250-seat theater and a 3,500-square-foot art exhibition area with three galleries. One of the more popular activities is the Art Walk on the first Thursday from March through October in downtown Joplin. The event gives local artists and galleries a chance to showcase their work and often features live music. Hosted by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (Linda Teeter is contact; 438-5931), an “after party” in a designated area extends the festivities with live music, beer gardens and more. n w w w. jop linc c .c om

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education and the viewing of original, high quality works of art. If these groups can’t come to our Center, we will bring it to them.”

The cultural heartbeat of a city often runs through its art center, and Joplin is no exception. The George A. Spiva Center for the Arts has been a vital cultural touchstone for Joplin and the surrounding area for the last 70 years. The center, which is in the historic Cosgrove Building at Third and Wall in downtown Joplin, was founded by George A. Spiva, a businessman and philanthropist. “George A. Spiva Center for the Arts has been and continues to be the lynchpin to visual arts presentations, opportunities for arts education for all ages and supporter of aspiring and professional artists in Joplin and the surrounding fourstate region,” said Clifford Wert, president and CFO of Connect2Culture. “The Joplin community has stood behind Spiva Center for the Arts with consistent financial support and undergirding.” Spiva is taking its role a step further in the coming years. In addition to diversifying its new programs, the Center is partnering with Connect2Culture to develop an Arts & Entertainment Center that will: • Double the size of Spiva. • Add a 400 to 500 seat multi-functional performance space. • Include an 1,800 to 2,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater/festival plaza. “The Center will transform downtown Joplin and the region, matching a stateof-the-art space with the already high quality visual arts and programming that Spiva has provided for over 70 years, and stellar performances booked by Connect2Culture,” said Spiva Center for the Arts Executive Director Josie Mai. “The center will also be a space for special community events and facility rental.” 64

Partnerships include: • Veterans – Compass Quest, VFW, American Legion • Neighborhood centers – Boys and Girls Club, Joplin Family Y • Youth organizations – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts • Homeschool – Homeschooler’s Network, Assembly of Christian Home Schooled Families • Adults with disabilities or mental illness – Independent Living Center, Alzheimer’s Association, and Ozark Center’s INSPIRE Center

Currently, Spiva’s 2,250 square foot Main Gallery features the work of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. It also plays host to a variety of events, including artist-led talks and musical performances. Emerging local artists take the spotlight in the 540-square-foot Regional Gallery. The smaller Upstairs Gallery is a rental/ teaching facility where local artists can learn about how to install and promote exhibits of their work. Spiva’s daily work is influenced greatly by its mission – to celebrate the creative experience. Spiva averages 14,000 visitors per year but it is just as well known for its promotion of arts throughout the community. Spiva is in the midst of an intentional outreach to underserved groups in the visual arts. “We are actively growing partnerships with organizations,” Mai said. “We strive for museum-quality experiences in art

• Neighborhood picnics and festivals – Emancipation Days, Carl Junction Blues Fest, Joplin Arts Fest, Downtown Joplin First and Third Thursdays “Spiva Center for the Arts is a hub for the community, fostering creativity and dialogue,” said Anne Kraybill, director of education and learning, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. “Their exhibitions feature regional and national artists of renown, and their programs ensure the arts are accessible and relevant to all. They are a valued arts partner for the region!” Originally incorporated as the Ozark Artists Guild, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts has presented visual arts experiences to the four-state region since 1948. George A. Spiva – businessman, philanthropist, and lover of the arts – helped establish Joplin’s first art center in 1958. Founded on the belief that opportunities in the arts should be available to all, Spiva continues to flourish through the generosity of members and friends who share that vision. n

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Joplin Little Theatre Joplin Little Theatre was formed in 1939 and just completed its 78th season of providing quality live theater to the Four-State area. Its first home was a former movie house with no seats or heat. Then came an auditorium on the second floor of the City Market, with a saloon on the first floor. Next, interest from the Joplin community provided the funding to purchase a stone building on the then outskirts of Joplin, which had been used as a stable for the horses of a riding academy. According to a member’s memory, “It took several months before the ‘horsey’ smell was gone.” Joplin Little Theatre is one of the few community theaters to own its own building. JLT normally presents five shows a season (two musicals, three plays) for five performances each. It also holds a

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Children’s Summer Theatre Workshop, and presents a summer show targeted for family participation and attendance. A volunteer 17-member board of directors handles the operations of the theatre and a volunteer directing staff works the choice of shows presented. When a slate is gathered by the directing staff, it is presented to the board of directors for approval. The goal is to provide quality entertainment to patrons of theater, keeping in mind the culture of the community and the integrity of Joplin Little Theatre that has been gathered over its many years. Joplin Little Theatre depends on donations, grants and ticket sales for its support. Several fundraisers are offered throughout the season to augment the income. Over 400 productions have been staged, over 3,000 people have given their time and talents both on

stage and backstage and more than 300,000 people have attended these productions. Nearly every major play and musical that has appeared on Broadway has also been presented on the JLT stage. n

Stained Glass Theatre sgtjoplin.com Like the mythical Phoenix, Joplin’s Stained Glass Theatre, a faith-based, family-friendly amateur theatre, celebrates its 20th anniversary season during 2018. When the deadly tornado hit Joplin in 2011, the troupe’s company lost their theatre and the lives of several members, as well. But the troupe has persevered and celebrates two decades with a “best of” series of shows voted on by its audiences.

Today the company has a permanent home once again, only six blocks from its destroyed theater. The new one is a rehabbed church at 2101 Annie Baxter Avenue with graduated seating which can hold 180 people. The Stained Glass Theatre offers six to eight shows a year, an array that is also open to the entire family. “What sets us apart from other theater companies is the fact that we only perform shows that any member of the family can feel comfortable seeing,”

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Jeremy Wolfe, head of the company said. “We have performed such shows as ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘Emma,’ ‘A Little Princess,’ ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and many well-known musicals.” More information on Stained Glass Theatre can be found on its website (above) or on Facebook. Look them up. n By Dave DeSonier Photography

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History and Mineral Museum joplin-museum.org For more than 100 years, the Joplin area was one of the world’s leading sources for zinc, an era that’s celebrated in the city’s History and Mineral Museum. Tri-State Ore- Everett J. Ritchie Collection

Lead and zinc were mined in southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma in an area known as the Tri-State Mining District. The mining boom transformed the economic and social history of Joplin and the surrounding region, running from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Joplin was considered the hub of that district, as investment and population flowed into the area during the mining peak years of the late 1800s and early 1900s. “The story of Joplin is inextricably tied to the complex and fascinating history of mining, which makes the museum an educational destination for tourists who Aitchinson Hand Carved Miniature Circus- From the Merle Evans Circus Collection are traveling to and through the city,” said Director Chris Wiseman. “The Joplin Museum is the steward of one of the world’s most exceptional collections of lead and zinc ores, as well as other minerals from the Tri-State District.”

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The museum complex includes two distinctive wings for visitors: • The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Wing, which includes Smithsonian-quality collections of lead and zinc ores as well as other minerals discovered in the area.

Reddy Kilowatt- Empire District Electric Company Collection

• The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Wing, which focuses on various aspects of the city’s history, including how the mines led to growth and development in Joplin. “The Ritchie Mineral Wing interprets the geology, geochemistry and history of mining just prior to the Civil War through the mid-twentieth century,” Wiseman said. “For approximately 100 years, Joplin was zinc mining; and zinc mining was Joplin.” The Ritchie Wing is an accessible introduction to the geology and geochemistry of the area and shows the various mining methods and processes used from the 1870s through the 1960s. Some of the collections in the Ritchie museum include: • Evolution of mining technology and tools • Historical geological maps • Fossils, projectile points and stone tools • Florescent minerals • Modern usage of minerals The Hoover Historical Wing includes thousands of vintage artifacts, presenting “the material culture of the city’s growth and history,” Wiseman said. It helps describe how Joplin has 66

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grown from a mining community to one of the largest metropolitan regions in the Tri-State area. The museum is comprised from a variety of collections. Through the years the museum’s collections have grown with the addition of the Merle Evans Circus Museum, The Empire District Electric Company Museum, the Joplin Sports Hall of Fame and the National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum. Since the devastating tornado, the museum has acquired the following photograph collections: the Lost Photos

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Necklace recovered from Bonnie and Clyde ApartmentDorothea B. Hoover Collection

of Joplin, Found Photos of Joplin and the Murwin Mosler negative collection. In addition, displays showcase Crystal Cave, Route 66, Civil War, Bonnie & Clyde, a 1902 Leonard Playhouse, 1926 American LaFrance Pumper, the House of Lords – where Thomas Hart Benton began his artistic career – and the mysterious Spook Light. One of the museum’s top priorities is education. “We consider ourselves a partner in education for Joplin schools, businesses and organizations,” Wiseman said. “The

staff and volunteers strive to provide an enriching educational experience to all visitors. Each year thousands of area school children are introduced to the museum and given free tours.” The laid-back, friendly feel of the museum is exemplified by the presence of two loveable grey cats, Crystal and Roxie, who are popular with visitors. The museum is located in historic Schifferdecker Park. Also, the park is home to an 18-hole public golf course and the Joplin Aquatic Center. n

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oplin has the distinction of being one of the most popular towns along Route 66, as it boasts an active Main Street and has several downtown events throughout the year.

It’s no wonder, then, that Joplin-area events are as popular with out-of-towners as they are with regional residents. One example of a new festival is Fiddlers on the Route, a bluegrass-focused festival that has a Route 66 connection. This will be the second year for the June event, which will take place in Memorial Hall in 2018 instead of outdoors as it did in its first year.

Another relatively new event that draws participants from dozens of states is the Joplin Memorial Run, which has become a hugely popular half-marathon and 5K. Over the past three years, $100,000 was donated to rebuild the specialized playground at the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. A more traditional year-round event is to visit Candy House Gourmet, a chocolate factory near downtown that has been a top destination for almost 50 years. Visitors love to look through the windows to see the popular treats being made. Here is a look at some of the top events throughout the year:

MARCH First Thursday ArtWalk People can stroll among the city’s many art galleries and enjoy live musical performances during this event, which takes place from March through October.

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St. Patrick’s Day 15K and 5K Each year, the Starlit Running Company organizes 5K and 15K runs in downtown Joplin on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Third Thursday Main Street between First and Seventh Streets becomes a hotbed of activity from March through October with performance stages, vendor tents and food carts. Downtown galleries and restaurants feature art displays and car shows often take place. There are plenty of fun kid-focused activities as well. The experience changes as the themes and sponsors shift each month. PhotoSpiva This photo competition has taken place for more than 40 years at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. It is the longest-running one of its kind in the country and is open to all U.S. amateur and professional photographers. It takes place from March through late April or early May.

JUNE MSSU Shakespeare Festival This festival celebrating Shakespeare’s most famous works is staged over two summer weekends. It is presented by the theater department of Missouri Southern State University and takes place at the Bud Walton Theatre. Fiddler on the Route A bluegrass-focused festival, takes place in June on historic route 66.

JULY Independence Day Festival Fireworks are the star of the show at this event, which again takes place at Missouri Southern State University. Includes family activities, live music, food vendors, and more.

MAY Joplin Memorial Run The purpose of this two-day event – which includes a half-marathon, 5K and kids’ fun run – is to raise funds that support ongoing recovery from the May 2011 Joplin tornado. The event begins with a 10-block Walk of Silence along a flag-lined corridor with 161 flags that represent the people lost in the tornado. Joplin Truckers Jamboree This two-day rally for truckers takes place at the Joplin 44 Petro Truck Stop.

Summer Roundup Triathlon This Olympic triathlon takes place north of Joplin and is the largest open water triathlon in the Midwest. It includes a 1,500-meter swim, 24.6-mile bike course and a 6.2-mile run. Carver Day Carver Day commemorates the life of George Washington Carver and takes place on the second Saturday of July in nearby Diamond. The free event includes speakers, storytellers, and blues, jazz, folk and gospel performers.

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Shoal Creek Water Festival This festival, organized by the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in early August, celebrates water-related activities. It includes a cardboard boat competition, rubber duck race, kayak slalom race and other activities for adults and children.

SEPTEMBER Svitak Freedom Ride There are five route choices in this bike ride – 10, 25, 40, 67 and 100 miles – which takes place in September this year. It is named after a fallen soldier from the Joplin area and raises funds to buy bicycles for the children of military families at Christmas. Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival Three-day free family-oriented, kidfriendly fun music, craft and food festival in neighboring Carl Junction. This is a growing, vibrant, free music-based festival with bluegrass bands, car and bike show, food and craft vendors, raffles, children’s activities, Friday Family Fun night and Sunday Pickin’ and Picnic’n community picnic. Prairie Day Life on the Missouri prairie in the late 1800s is celebrated on the second Saturday in September at the George Washington Carver Monument in Diamond. Activities include candlemaking, basket-weaving, Dutch oven cooking, music, quilting and more. Alpha Airfest This two-day event presented by the Jopin Airport and AlphaAir includes a variety of vintage planes, air performers such as wing walkers, rocket trucks, plane and helicopter rides and historic displays. There are also food and beverage vendors and bounce houses. It takes place the weekend after Labor Day during odd-numbered years. Joplin Festival of the Arts This fall festival on Main Street celebrates the variety of arts in the four-state region. It is presented by the Joplin Regional Artists’ Coalition,

Guilty by Association Truck Show The show kicks off with a truck pull on Friday night with games, activities and a Kids Zone. On Saturday night, the largest truck convoy in America hits Joplin, followed by a street party. Proceeds go toward the Missouri Special Olympics.

OCTOBER Joplin Pumpkin Run The event, which has taken place for 35 years, features a fast 5-mile and a 1-mile fun run. The run begins and finishes at McClelland Park. It is sponsored by the Joplin Roadrunners and benefits a local charity.

Turkey Trot This 5K run that takes place on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Joplin is in its seventh year and has become a tradition for many families.

DECEMBER Christmas Parade The Christmas Parade takes place on the first Tuesday night of December. It features a different theme each year and includes a variety of floats and an appearance from Santa Claus. Holiday Experience This annual listing by the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau compiles all the holiday-related events taking place in the Joplin area. It is available at VisitJoplinMO.com. n

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Emancipation Days Live gospel music, a car show, basketball tournament and movie in the park are highlights of this festival, which occurs at Ewert Park the first weekend of August.

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Joplin Community Parks joplinmo.org/162/Parks-Recreation Joplin has more than 1,000 acres of park land and 22 city-owned parks and greenways. But one stands out, for historical and sentimental reasons – Cunningham Park. “Cunningham Park was the first park given to the city of Joplin in 1897,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Paul Bloomberg. “It was donated by Mayor Thomas W. Cunningham and was formerly known as Cunningham Grove.”

Recently, the district added new playgrounds at Ewert, Humphrey and Parr Hill parks and a shelter/amphitheater at Ewert Park. Upcoming park projects include: • New playground at Leonard Park • Expansion of the disc golf course at McClelland Park from 18 holes to 36 holes • New toddler play features at Garvin Park

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• Mountain bike/pedestrian trail at Dover Hill Soccer Area

The park, which is at Seventh and School streets, has a picnic shelter, a picnic shelter/amphitheater, restrooms, parking lot, tennis courts, skate park, family aquatic center, playground, and basketball courts that have ornamental lighting for night use.

Here is a look at all the district parks:

CAMPBELL PARKWAY Located along a portion of Murphy Boulevard from Illinois Avenue to 20th Street, the parkway includes a 1.8-mile pedestrian trail with benches located along beautiful greenways, landscaped plots including trees, and Joplin Creek winding through the center. The park was a popular spot for many decades and then it took on new meaning after it was destroyed in the deadly 2011 tornado. Following the tornado, thousands of residents and volunteers from across the country pitched in to rebuild the park, which is now No. 1 on the list of Trip Advisor’s “Things to Do” in Joplin. It has become the main site for events in remembrance of the tornado and has several features – including a reflecting pool, plaque and butterfly garden – that honor those who died in the storm and people who helped in the aftermath.

CRESTWOOD PARK Located at Manitou Street and Crest Drive. Approximately 2 acres, it was given to the City of Joplin in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs. George N. Spiva.

CUNNINGHAM PARK On Maiden Lane from 24th to 26th streets, the park offers a variety of activities including a multi-use basketball/soccer court, swimming pool, walking trail, restrooms, two playgrounds, three shelters and a butterfly garden.

Also, Mercy Park, which is just south of Cunningham Park, has become a favorite for runners and walkers, Bloomberg said. “This park was the former property of Mercy Hospital before the tornado,” he said. “Mercy donated the land to the City of Joplin and it was developed into a passive park for people to enjoy.” Landreth Park is very popular for organizations that coordinate 5k runs and large events.

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GARVIN PARK Located at 28th Street and Virginia Avenue, this park offers the advantages of being a small neighborhood park with a gazebo, playground and picnic shelter.

HUMPHREY PARK Facilities at this park on Utica Street and Independence Avenue include a picnic area, restrooms, paved walking path, playground, parking lot, a basketball court and a large open area for play.

LANDRETH PARK Situated at Landreth Avenue and Pool Street, this area offers picnic areas, jogging areas, four pickleball courts, two shelters, an amphitheater, restrooms, playgrounds, four sand volleyball courts, a softball field and two parking lots.

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LEONARD PARK The park is at Seventh Street and Turk Avenue and has its main entrance at Fourth Street. It includes a picnic shelter, restrooms, paved walking path, playground, a tennis court, parking lot and a large open play area.

MCCLELLAND PARK Located at McClelland Park Boulevard and Glendale Road on a high scenic bluff over Shoal Creek Valley, the park has two picnic shelters, restrooms, playgrounds and a Frisbee Golf Course.

MCINDOE PARK This park, which is at Shoal Creek and Jackson Avenue, is basically left in its natural state. Picnic areas are available along with a boat access to Shoal Creek.

MCKINLEY PARK Located at McKinley and A streets, it is often referred to as Turtle Park. This area is used as a small neighborhood park with playground equipment available.

MERCY PARK This park, which is at 26th Street and Maiden Lane, was the location of Mercy Hospital before the 2011 tornado. This park has several concrete walking paths, two shelters, restrooms, pond and parking lot. â&#x20AC;ş

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Located at Mohaska and Sergeant Avenues, this is a small neighborhood park with playground equipment and picnic areas available.

PARR HILL PARK This property is between 15th and 17th Streets on Kansas Avenue. The park offers three shelters, restrooms, basketball court, waterfall feature, paved walking path, playgrounds, exercise equipment, water splash pad, parking lots and a dog park.

ROANOKE PARK The park, which is at Byers Avenue and Islington Place, includes some playground equipment and a tennis court.

SCHIFFERDECKER PARK The park is on Fourth to Seventh streets on Schifferdecker Avenue to the city limits. It is equipped with a variety of playground equipment, an aquatic center, four shelters, three basketball courts, skatepark ramp, inline hockey court, restrooms, 18-hole golf course, 6-hole disc golf course, two sand volleyball courts, parking lots and the Museum Complex.

SPRING PARK Located at Fourth and High streets, it has no facilities at this time.

SPIVA PARK This park at Fourth and Main streets offers a quiet place for downtown shoppers and workers to relax. Park benches are available to sit and enjoy the beautiful fountain and lovely flowers.

TRIANGLE PARK The area at Crestwood Drive and Laurel Road is undeveloped and covers about a quarter of an acre.

WILDCAT PARK Located on South Main Street at 55th Street, the park contains picnic facilities, walking trails, swimming and boating along Shoal Creek. It is also the location of the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. n 72

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More Options for the Outdoor Enthusiasts FRISCO GREENWAY TRAIL joplintrailscoalition.org A favorite with runners, walkers and bicyclists, this popular trail winds through picturesque woodlands and runs along a portion of the former St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (the Frisco), which played an important role in the development of Joplin and Webb City. Abandoned by Burlington Northern in 1990, the greenway is now maintained by the Joplin Trails Coalition. A paved spur along Turkey Creek connects the trail to neighborhoods along North St. Louis Avenue and North Florida Avenue.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER NATIONAL PARK nps.gov/gwca Located in nearby Diamond, Missouri, this 240-acre park honors George Washington Carver, the famous AfricanAmerican agronomist, educator and humanitarian. Along with a visitors center that provides information on Carver’s birthplace and childhood home, the park includes a museum, theater, discovery center and gift shop, the 1881 Moses Carver house, Carver Cemetery and a nature trail. Tours are offered daily.

WALTER WOODS CONSERVATION AREA mdc.mo.gov Spanning 68 acres, this scenic area features a trail system that winds past several ponds and a freshwater spring. Many treeshaded areas are perfect for picnics, and it’s a great destination

for bird watching, outdoor photography and hiking. The stone lodge, built in the 1930s, houses a Department of Conservation Education Center with a variety of programs and activities offered throughout the year for all ages.

WILDCAT GLADES CONSERVATION & AUDUBON CENTER wildcatglades.audubon.org Located at Wildcat Park and adjacent to some of the last remaining chert glades, this conservation center features a unique habitat found only in this area. Shoal Creek is an important site for migratory birds and other wildlife, and the Audubon Center features a 1,300-gallon aquarium and Ozark stream, plus a large terrarium complex with collared lizards, snakes, tarantulas and other glade species on display. A wildlife viewing area allows visitors to see animals in their natural habitat. The center also offers five outdoor learning stations, three indoor classrooms and more than five miles of trails.

GRAND FALLS One of the most scenic destinations in Missouri and the Ozarks is just a few minutes from Wildcat Park. Grand Falls is the largest continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri and plunges 25 feet to a solid ledge before flowing south. It’s a popular spot for nature lovers and offers stunning photo opportunities. In addition to the parks listed above, Joplin offers many green space options. Go to joplinparks.org for a complete listing. w w w. jop linc c .c om

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Fit & Active JOPLIN FAMILY Y joplinfamilyy.org Founded in 1891, the Joplin Family Y is a member-supported, nonprofit organization committed to serving Joplin, Missouri, and the surrounding area. Its goal is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities through its full-service fitness facility that offers fitness equipment, nutritional counseling, personal training and over 90 group exercise classes per week. In addition, the Y is the largest provider of child care in the community, serving children ages 8 weeks to 12 years of age through after school care and day camp services. The local YMCA

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touches the lives of over 7,000 members and approximately 1,000 program participants per year. Its mission is “Under the guidance of Christian principles, The Joplin Family Y seeks to serve the community by providing an environment and activities that enable all people to achieve their full potential through the development of Spirit, Mind and Body.” In addition, the local YMCA has an intentional focus in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

In addition to an entire fitness floor with state of the art equipment, the facility includes an indoor, heated pool for lap swimming, swim lessons and aquacise classes; an indoor walking and running track; child watch areas that provide an opportunity for parents to focus on their own health while their children are safe and supervised; a full-size gymnasium with volleyball and pickleball capabilities; a free Y-Fit-Kid-Army fitness class that is open to community children; senior engagement programs like the monthly active older adults luncheons, and so much more. The YMCA is a safe place for all, regardless of where you are on your personal journey to health and wellness. The Y strives to create a community of inclusiveness with quality programming and a facility that lends itself to that cause. The Joplin Family Y is more than a gym – it is a place to belong.

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The theatre was destroyed and several occupants perished during the tornado. Plans are underway to help fund a memorial. The memorial run draws runners from all over the United States, and the citizens of Joplin have taken ownership of the event and consider it a source of community pride and testament to Joplin’s resilience in the face of a natural disaster.

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE EVENTS, INC. www.joplinmemorialrun.com Active Lifestyle Events, Inc. (ALE) was formed in 2011. Its mission is to promote health and fitness within the Joplin community. The primary event that funds ALE’s projects is the Joplin Memorial Run. The run was created to remember and memorialize Joplin victims of the May 22, 2011, EF5 tornado; support rebuilding the community; and to construct and maintain memorials to this historic event.

A majority of the proceeds from the event go to official charity partners to further this mission. Since its inaugural event in 2012, the memorial run has donated over $175,000 to rebuild homes for those who lost theirs in the tornado; help fund the recovery of the Joplin schools; and, most recently, to rebuild a specially equipped playground for children at the newly rebuilt Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. A portion of the funds for the 2018 event will help refurbish the newly acquired home of the Stained Glass Theatre.

ALE is also involved in promoting healthy, active living in the community. A grant program created last year awarded over $6,000 of grants to various local organizations. “Active Lifestyle Events is very proud to support local organizations in promoting active, healthy lifestyles,” said Audie Dennis, founder of the Joplin Memorial Marathon and president of Active Lifestyle Events. “Our flagship event, the Joplin Memorial Run, has helped citizens of this city continue to heal, is a lasting memorial to those lost that day and is a testament to the perseverance and fortitude of the residents of this community.” n

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MIDWEST REGIONAL BALLET midwestregionalballet.com Midwest Regional Ballet (MRB) is a preprofessional performing arts company and dance education center for children, teenagers and adults, located in Joplin. Its mission is to build confidence and character while developing responsible community members, leaders and artists, said Kaye Lewis, the company’s artistic director. They strive to maintain a foundation of strength in firm leadership and integrity in action, to focus on family, responsibility, commitment, discipline, community awareness and the best in artistry.

MRB boasts both a 143-student dance school that trains children from the age of 2 to adults in ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance and even aerial moves and a dance company for those possibly interested in becoming professionals one day. The Dance Company portion of the MRB School was formed in 1999 as a means for young dancers (ages 10 to 32, currently) in the Four State area to achieve a professional career in performing arts by providing them the necessary technical foundation, skills and performance experience required to be successful in the arts. There is no other dance school in the Four State area that affords students the opportunity to perform in full-length productions through a performance season, thus 76

developing a proficient performance repertoire and résumé. The MRB Dance Company exists to equip students for a successful career in any aspect of the arts, through knowledge, confidence and discipline, Lewis said. In fact, 26 of her former students have already gone on to work professionally in music videos, television and movies, as well as at Friends University, Oklahoma University, Ballet National, the St. Louis Ballet, Denver Ballet, Wilmington Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet (in New York City) and at Rutgers University. A native of the Four State area, Lewis has been teaching dance for 31 years. She was trained by Judith Pendergraft in Carthage, Gus Giordano’s Dance Center in Chicago and The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. She has also won many awards for her works and has traveled across the United States networking with prominent professionals and creative minds, alike. Lewis also enjoys creating both original works and classical pieces for her company dancers to perform and enjoys partnering with outside talent such as the American Opera Studio of Kansas City, the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem Globetrotters, local community theaters and Amplify Gymnastics.

proverbial hamster wheel, Lewis said. It will be presented at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. “Prospective students sometimes worry that they will be spending hours and hours over weeks and weeks, rehearsing for an MRB show, but it actually takes no more time than rehearsing for a standard dance recital. We put our shows together in six weeks,” Lewis said. The MRB also gives back to the community by making donations to charitable organizations and nonprofits such as: Children’s Miracle Network, Hope 4 You Breast Cancer, Freeman’s Cancer Center, Lafayette House Women’s Addiction and Recovery Shelter, Susan G. Komen, Via Christi and the Arthritis Foundation. The company was also a supporter of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Art in Public Places” arts awareness initiative.

This spring the Dance Company performed “Cinderella” and it is slated, in early June, to perform an original production called “Black and White Series,” written by Lewis. It features six stories delving into such very serious topics as rape, drug abuse, suicide, mental illness, abuse and body dysmorphia and how “playing the victim” simply keeps one on the

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amplifygymnastics.com Gymnastics is a sport practiced by men and women, children and adults, which requires balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, endurance and control. The pursuit of gymnastics encourages the development of a variety of muscle groups, as well as the development of alertness, precision, daring, self-confidence and selfdiscipline. So it seemed to be the perfect antidote for a community suffering through the aftermath of a tornado. Amplify Gymnastics, which had been due to open in 2011, finally opened in March, 2012 after a total rebuild. The facility that owners Kip Johnson, Paul Comstedt and Derek Hammeke had been planning to open had been destroyed by Mother

Nature and it took until March 2012 for them to rebuild and finally open their doors. But the community welcomed them with open arms. By September of that first year they had enrolled 550 students and were bursting at the seams, Comstedt said. He found his way to Missouri, thanks to a full scholarship, to attend Ozark Christian College in 2004. That is how he met his co-owners. But after graduation, Comstedt returned to Colorado and then spent nearly a year on a mission trip to teach English and gymnastics in China, before returning to Missouri in 2010 to open a gymnastics school with his friends. “I had planned to pursue a career in teaching but discovered that I could do the mentoring with young people that

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I longed to do by teaching gymnastics, too,” he said. Amplify Gymnastics teaches students from 18 months old to young adult. They employ approximately 30 teachers and staff members and run programming seven days a week. They also offer their facility for birthday parties and other private events – particularly on Saturday afternoons and evenings. “We currently have approximately 700 children, teens and young adults enrolled and we feel very blessed. We knew we could fulfill a need in this area and we are doing just that,” Comstedt said. “We have recently expanded to a 14,000-square-foot facility and offer state-of-the-art equipment including two springboards, in-ground trampolines, balance beams, parallel bars, foam pits and much more with average studentteacher ratios of 8:1.” The partners are able to offer urban gymnastics, cheerleading, trampoline and tumbling classes, pre-school gymnastics and beyond for those who wish to compete, as well those who only wish to develop their abilities without competing. Recreational classes run anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes per week. New competitors remain close to home while older, more experienced competitors travel nationally and practice between nine and 22 hours each week. “No matter a student’s level, our motto at Amplify is: Get AMPed,” Comstedt said. “AMP stands for Always Making Progress and that is what our students are doing.” For more information, visit www.amplifygymnastics.com. n w w w. jop linc c .c om

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Christ in Youth ciy.org For 50 years, Christ in Youth has been providing events, missions experiences and resources that amplify Christ’s call on students’ lives in partnership with the local church. More than 85,000 students and leaders attend at least one of CIY’s 115 programs held throughout 20 countries each year. CIY partners with the local church to help call students to a maturing knowledge of Christ in preparation for Kingdom service.

offering an annual youth conference for high school students. CIY continues to host high school conferences every year through its MOVE program, which holds 35 events around the country. Since

1970, however, CIY has also added ageintentional programs that cater to junior high and preteen students. Weekend events such as Believe and SuperStart come alongside the summer week-

The ministry started in 1968 with a vision from Ozark Christian College professor Bob Stacey. His dream was to partner with local churches by providing Crusades (worship and teaching) on weekends all over the country. By 1970 those Crusades had become so popular that he decided to begin

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long events of MOVE and MIX. CIY also offers short-term mission trips through its Engage program, with trips planned annually to more than 10 countries. And what’s more, CIY is communicating and programming to students on the digital front through its Æffect division. Students can connect to one another and to CIY year-round through apps, online games, social media and various other digitally driven initiatives. After 50 years, CIY has made an impact for the Kingdom on a global scale, and that was fully realized in 2017 when the organization opened its first international office in Dublin, Ireland. By expanding to places like Europe, India, Canada and some Latin American countries, CIY is able to fully realize its mission to amplify Christ’s call on students’ lives to be Kingdom workers on a global scale. As a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, CIY relies on the financial support of donors every year – from individuals to churches to foundations and some businesses. To find out more about CIY and ways to partner with the ministry, please visit ciy.com. n

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JOPLIN AREA MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE

Joplin Area Ministerial Alliance www.joplinalliance.org

share our vision. It leads the Joplin area community concerning traditional spiritual values and moral issues, helping to promote and or provide continuing education and evangelistic opportunities.

The Joplin Area Ministerial Alliance (JAMA) is a fellowship of Christian ministry leaders, working toward a unified effort, to represent God and facilitate outreach to the greater Joplin community. That outreach is defined by the Upward (worship), Inward (fellowship) and Outward (evangelism) aspects of the Great Commission. The Vision of JAMA is to join hands in prayer and service to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. JAMA’s purpose is to encourage, support, promote harmony, pray for, and minister to one another and to all those that fall within the sphere of JAMA’s influence. JAMA actively promotes unity and a spirit of cooperation among Joplin area churches, para-church ministries and other nonprofit organizations that

JAMA also helps finance, support and participate in benevolent community programs, whether initiated by or simply endorsed and supported by JAMA.

Ministerial Alliance

JAMA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization with a network of over 160 faith communities and congregations dedicated to these efforts. In keeping with our mission statement of “Many gifts, one spirit,” we recognize that each ministry leader brings to the table unique gifts which they can offer to the community and the region. This, in effect, builds leadership and relationships as we serve the communities represented. n

Ministerial Alliance

Ministerial Alliance

No Hidden Fees.

Joplin 3120 S. Main St., 417-623-2929 Next to Moe's Southwest Grill

Like us on Facebook U.S. Cellular Joplin Premier Locations

Taxes and certain charges, such as USF and RCRF, apply.

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CONTACTS

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

CITY OF JOPLIN

IMPORTANT

602 S. Main St. | Joplin, MO 64801 joplinmo.org Airport ................................(417) 623-0262 City Attorney ....... (417) 624-0820, ext. 225 City Clerk ............. (417) 624-0820, ext. 220 City Manager ....... (417) 624-0820, ext. 205 Convention & Visitors Bureau ...................(417) 625-4789 Emergency Management..(417) 624-0820, ext. 1261 Fire Department.................(417) 623-0403 Health Department ............(417) 623-6122 Human Resources ...............(417) 624-0820 Library .................................(417) 623-7953 Mayor ..................................(417) 624-0820 Municipal Court Administrator ........ (417) 627-2930, ext. 236 Court Clerk ........... (417) 627-2930, ext. 283 Parks & Recreation ............(417) 625-4750 Golf Course .........................(417) 624-3533 Planning & Community Development ....... (417) 624-0820, ext. 510 Police Chief.......... (417) 623-3131, ext. 696 Dispatch ............... (417) 623-3131, ext. 405 Public Information (417) 624-0820, ext. 204

JOPLIN OFFICES

Assessor’s Office – Personal Property ..............(417) 625-4355 Assessor’s Office – Real Estate .........................(417) 625-4356 Civil Defense .....................(417) 623-5858 County Clerk ......................(417) 625-4307 County Collector ...............(417) 625-4324 County Commission ..........(417) 625-4347 Circuit Clerk’s Office .........(417) 625-4310 Emergency Dispatcher ......(417) 624-1600 CIRCUIT COURTS

Circuit Courts – Associate Division ..............(417) 625-4316 Circuit Courts – Division 1 (417) 625-4318 Circuit Courts – Division 2 (417) 625-4320 Circuit Courts – Probate (Joplin) ...............................(417) 625-4325 Circuit Courts – Probate (Carthage) ..........................(417) 625-4370 Circuit Courts – Small Claims ......................(417) 625-4322 Circuit Courts – Child Support Division .......(417) 625-4328 Prosecuting Attorney ........(417) 625-4314

UTILITIES Empire District - A Liberty Utilities Company empiredistrict.com | (417) 625-5100 Missouri American Water Company amwater.com/moaw | (866) 0820 Spire spireenergy.com (800) 582-1234 Residential Waste Removal Republic Services | (800) 431-1507 republicservices.com

INTERNET/ TELECOMMUNICATIONS CableONE cableone.net | (417) 206-5300 Windstream Communications windstream.com | (417) 877-4790 Wisper ISP, Inc. wisperisp.com | (800) 765-7772

MEDIA TELEVISION

FOX 14 — KFJX fox14tv.com | (417) 782-1414 KJPX-TV, Retro-TV kjpxtv@gmail.com | (417) 623-4646

Public Works Director................. (417) 624-0820, ext. 500 Operations............ (417) 624-0820, ext. 560

ECONOMIC / COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

JASPER COUNTY GOVERNMENT

City of Webb City webbcitymo.org | (417) 673-4651

KODE-TV fourstateshomepage.com | (417) 781-2345

302 S. Main St. | Carthage, MO 64836 jaspercounty.org

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce joplincc.com | (417) 624-4150

KSNF-TV fourstateshomepage.com | (417) 781-2345

CARTHAGE COURTHOUSE OFFICES

Main Line ............................(417) 625-4350 Assessor – Personal Property ..............................(417) 358-0437 Assessor – Real Estate ......(417) 358-0440 Auditor’s Office .................(417) 358-0406 Circuit Clerk’s Office .........(417) 358-0441 County Clerk.......................(417) 358-0416 County Commission ..........(417) 358-0421 Collector’s Office – Personal Property ..............(417) 358-0409 Collector’s Office – Real Estate .........................(417) 237-1007 Election and Voter Registration ........................(417) 358-0413 Public Administrator ..........(417) 358-4268 .............................................(417) 358-4271

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Sheriff..................................(417) 358-8177 Treasurer’s Office ...............(417) 358-0448

Missouri Career Center (417) 629-3000

KOAM-TV Joplin koamtv.com | (417) 624-0233

RADIO

Missouri Enterprise missourienterprise.org | (417) 429-6066

KMXL Radio 951mikefm.com | (417) 358-6054

Wildwood Ranch Development mixedusemasterplancommunity.com (417) 627-9675

Results Radio, AMI Radio Group rock1071.com | (417) 781-1313

Workforce Innovation Board of SW Missouri workforcezone.net | (417) 206-1717

Zimmer Radio Inc. joplinradio.com | (417) 624-1025 PRINT PUBLICATIONS

DRIVER/VEHICLE LICENSING

Joplin Globe Publishing Company joplinglobe.com | (417) 623-3480

Driver Examination Office of Joplin 1110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 6 ..(417) 629-3230

Show Me The Ozarks Magazine showmetheozarks.com | (417) 455-9898

Driver License & Vehicle Registration 1110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 6 ..(417) 623-9700

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FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

ART GALLERIES/FRAMING

Baker Davis Roderique, CPAs, P.C. Will Roderique 920 E. 15th St. P.O. Box 848 Joplin, MO 64802-0848 (417) 782-0829 www.bdrcpas.com

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts Josie Mai 222 W. 3rd St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-0183 www.spivaarts.org

ADVOCACY Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation Sharon Clark P.O. Box 816 Joplin, MO 64802-0816 (417) 438-8348 skcpm64835@gmail.com www.hope4youbcf.org HOPE stands for Help, Outreach, Prevent, and Educate. Our mission is to help with uninsured and under-insured individuals in the local Four State area.

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING EQUIPMENT & REPAIRS Gunlock Heating & Air, Inc. Sheila Gunlock 9515 Foliage Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 624-5203 www.gunlockheatingandair.com

APARTMENTS Carolina West Rentals Gary Burton 1101 S. Willard Ave., Ste. D Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-6400

ARCHITECTS, PLANNERS & ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATORS Corner Greer & Associates, Inc. Shanna Olds 716 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 206-3134 • f: (417) 206-3137 shanna@cornergreer.com www.cornergreer.com Patterson Latimer Jones Brannon Denham Kyle Denham 303 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-4004 denham@pljbd.com www.pljbd.com

AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS & SERVICES

BEARINGS MANUFACTURING

ASSOCIATIONS Home Builders Association of SW Missouri Valerie Searcy 2024 E. 32nd St. P.O. Box 2532 Joplin, MO 64803-2532 (417) 623-5205 www.hbabuilders.com

ATTORNEYS William J. Fleischaker, Attorney William J. Fleischaker 418 S. Wall Ave. P.O. Box 996 Joplin, MO 64802-0996 (417) 623-2865 jim@ozarklaw.com www.ozarklaw.com

Ivey’s Service Center Pam Ivey 301 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-8908 iveysservice@att.net www.iveysservicecenter.com Proudly providing complete automotive and truck repairs with exceptional service and honesty since 1969. Joe’s Garage of Joplin, LLC Joe Robinson 5945 Gateway Dr. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 553-7921 joesgarage@cableone.net

The Stevenson Law Office, P.C. Bryan Stevenson, J.D., LLM 2727 E. 32nd St., Ste. 6 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-3900 www.bryanstevensonlaw.com

AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT — SALES & SERVICES Audio Acoustics, Inc. Jon Baker 800 N. Cedarbrook Ave. Springfield, MO 65802-2522 (417) 623-2442 www.aaius.com

AUTOMOBILE BODY REPAIR & PAINTING Ralph King Body & Frame Mike King 2010 W. 10th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-7659 ralphkingbody@ralphkingbody.com www.ralphkingbody.com

Mitchell’s Mobil 1 Lube Express Steven Bushnell 2525 S. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-7755 steven@mitchellslubeexpress.com www.mitchellslubeexpress.com We are proud to be YOUR complete mechanical repair center — oil changes, state inspections, tires, brakes, wiper blades, transmission & coolant flush, starters, batteries, & much more — all performed quickly at a great price! Come see us today!

BANKS & BANKING ASSOCIATIONS Great Southern Bank Alicia Edens 1710 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-3111 aedens@greatsouthernbank.com www.greatsouthernbank.com

Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Stephannie Lowe Neal 3900 Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64804-5327 (417) 781-3600 stephannie.neal@schaeffler.com www.schaeffler.com The Joplin Missouri Plant manufactures industrial bearings. Dennis Miller — Plant Manager Terri Sherman — Human Resources.

BEAUTY SALONS Oasis Salon & Day Spa Aubree Templeman 2915 E. 29th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-9999 aubree@oasissalonanddayspa.com www.oasissalonanddayspa.com

BEAUTY SUPPLIES SeneGence/Endless Kiss Linda Dukart 2401 E. 32nd St., Ste. 10-304 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 291-0580 www.senegence.com/endlesskiss

BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTORS

Missouri Eagle, LLC Alan Beaver 3121 Enterprise Ave. P.O. Box 1703 Joplin, MO 64802-1703 (417) 624-0550 alan.beaver@moeagle.com www.moeagle.com

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ACCOUNTING SERVICES

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BUILDING MATERIALS/LUMBER ABC Supply Co., Inc. Susan Boyer 3632 E. 20th St. Joplin, MO 64801-5850 (417) 624-0486 susan.boyer@abcsupply.com www.abcsupply.com Meek’s Building Center Beth Smith 510 N. Range Line Rd. P.O. Box 866 Joplin, MO 64802-0866 (417) 623-6055 www.meeks.com

CATERERS

Nelson Catering, LLC Jeremy Nelson 2707 E. 32nd St., Ste. 5 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 529-8371 www.nelsoncateringllc.com Nelson Catering is your neighborhood Catering Company, cooking all of your favorites with a hip new spin on traditional cuisine. Using fresh ingredients we make real food for real people.

CHARTER & TOUR SERVICES

Viking Line, Inc., dba Viking Trailways Cindy Reece 201 Glendale Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-2779 gwtandviking@att.net http://vikingtrailways.com From the start, attention to customer service and satisfaction was to be job one. Prompt on-time delivery of customers in clean, well maintained equipment has continued to this day.

CHURCHES First United Methodist Church Marsha West-Eichler 501 W. 4th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-2796 www.firstunitedjoplin.com

CLEANING SERVICES — COMMERCIAL

ServiceMaster of Southwest Missouri Cindy Almich 8886 Newt Dr. Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 451-0795 • f: (417) 451-0702 servicem@ipa.net http://joplinservicemaster.com Count on ServiceMaster to enhance your image and provide a healthy, well-kept working environment. We can tailor programs to fit your needs in janitorial, floor care, carpet cleaning and more.

COMPUTERS — SERVICES/SOFTWARE/ PRODUCTS

Associated Redi-Mix, Inc. Matthew McDonald 3690 N. Savannah Ln. Joplin, MO 64801-1530 (417) 781-1820 Associated Redi-Mix, Inc. is a fourth generation, locally owned and operated state of Missouri WBE. Our combined 75+ years of ready mix experience allow production of a quality concrete product and exceptional customer service. “GET A LOAD OF THIS.”

COPIER & PRINTER PRODUCTS

Toner Connection, LLC Skyler Powers 1012 Illinois Ave. Joplin, MO 64801-5023 (417) 782-8444 www.toner-connection.com Toner Connection offers sales/service/ supplies for all major brands of printers, copiers, fax and barcode label machines. We provide free delivery-stocking cartridges, toners, ink, maintenance kits, rollers, ribbons, labels and more-all at one store.

DANCE STUDIOS Midwest Regional Ballet Kaye Lewis 2101 Stephens Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804-3359 (417) 439-9549 www.midwestregionalballet.com

DENTISTS/ORTHODONTISTS ADC Dental Group Sarah Brown 2827 Arizona Ave. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-5005 sbrown@adcofjoplin.com http://adcofjoplin.com DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions Barbara Hunter 1816 S. Range Line Rd., Ste. D Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 572-0002 www.joplindentures.com

DOG FOOD — MANUFACTURING Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing Nick Henderson 8101 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 952-1400 nhenderson@bluebuff.com www.bluebuffalo.com

CREDIT UNIONS

Greystone IT Services, LLC John Patterson 112 Justin Blvd. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 489-1312 support@greystoneitservices.com www.greystoneitservices.com Greystone IT Services, LLC delivers technology services and support to localarea businesses as well as residential customers. Each solution we provide can be as unique as your business or home. SNC Squared John Motazedi 706 W. 26th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 622-0933 www.sncsquared.com Tech Team Jason Chase 407 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 207 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 356-4200 http://techteamcorp.com

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Father Justin D. Managhan 3035 S. Central City Rd. Joplin, MO 64804-8165 (417) 623-3333 www.maryjoplin.parishesonline.com

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CONCRETE CONTRACTORS

Great Plains Federal Credit Union Kelley Melton 2306 S. Range Line Rd. P.O. Box 2968 Joplin, MO 64803-2968 (417) 626-8500 gpfcu@greatplainsfcu.com www.greatplainsfcu.com

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Par Electrical Contractors, Inc. Danny Williams 4770 N. Belleview Ave., Ste. 300 Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 474-9340 www.parelectric.com

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

Legacy Credit Union Justin Coyne 3929 E. 7th St., Ste. A Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 659-6013 justin.coyne@yourlcu.com www.yourlcu.com Employees and family members of MoDOT, the Highway Patrol, the cities of Joplin, Carthage, Webb City, and Duquesne, along with Jasper County Sheriff, and MSSU are eligible for membership.

CRISIS REFERRAL CENTERS

Covert Electric Supply, Inc. Bob Heiniger 202 N. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-3877 www.cesjoplin.com

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES — SERVICES & REPAIRS Audio Acoustics, Inc. Jon Baker 800 N. Cedarbrook Ave. Springfield, MO 65802-2522 (417) 623-2442 www.aaius.com

Children’s Center of SW Missouri Vickie Dudley 1029 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-2292 www.childrens-center.org

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Onin Staffing Betsy Kissel 1101 S. Neosho Blvd., Ste. C Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 454-6015 bkissel@oninstaffing.com www.oningroup.com Onin Staffing is a leading national staffing agency focused on attracting top teammates & offering innovative customer-focused solutions.

ENGINEERS — CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL, MECHANICAL & CONSULTING

HOTELS/MOTELS

Briarbrook Golf Course Kaleb Forkner 502 Briarbrook Dr. P.O. Box 346 Carl Junction, MO 64834-0346 (417) 649-6777 www.briarbrookgolfcourse.com

Drury Inn & Suites Robyn Kreke 3601 S. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-8000 • f: (888) 223-3789 https://www.druryhotels.com/locations/ joplin-mo/drury-inn-and-suites-joplin

GROCERS — RETAIL Joplin Rental Center Kenny Shepherd 1617 W. 10th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-1671 info@joplinrentalcenter.com www.joplinrentalcenter.com Contractors, painters, and do-it-yourselfers can rent equipment, buy supplies, paint and propane from the home of Harley Hardhat at JRC.

Food 4 Less Brooke Rentfro 2800 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 624-2727 f4lfoods@joplin.com www.f4lfoods.com

SERVPRO Barbara Cook 1507 W. Mound St. Carthage, MO 64836 (417) 623-1388 www.servprocarthagejoplin.com

FITNESS CENTER Millennium Family Fitness Brad Bigando 1227 N. Range Line Rd. P.O. Box 642 Joplin, MO 64802-0642 (417) 206-0202 www.millenniumfamilyfitness.com

Johnson Floor & Home Carpet One Lary Knoblauch 120 N. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-6300 www.carpetonejoplin.com

Residence Inn by Marriott — Joplin 3128 E. Hammons Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-0908 www.residenceinn.com/jlnri

INDEPENDENT LIVING

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT & REPAIRS

FIRE & WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION

FLOOR COVERING

Anderson Engineering, Inc. Jerrod L. Hogan 811 E. 3rd St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-7399 jhogan@andersonengineeringinc.com http://andersonwngineeringinc.com We offer civil and geotechnical engineering, land surveying, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) services, construction materials testing, drilling and commercial drone services throughout multiple offices in Missouri, Arkansas and Florida.

GOLF & GOLF EQUIPMENT

Lyerla Heating & Air Kevin Brady 6565 Gateway Dr. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1223 www.lyerlasheetmetal.com A successful, locally owned and operated business with unbeatable resources, knowledge and integrity, we pride ourselves on delivering outstanding customer service each and every time. Count on us to continue keeping your home comfortable.

HOME INSPECTION JOMO Inspector PRO Levi Mittag Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 355-3438 www.gojomopro.com

HOSPICE

The Independent Living Center Alexandra O’Dell 2639 E. 34th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 659-8086 • f: (417) 659-8087 aodell@ilcenter.org www.ilcenter.org The Independent Living Center, a 501(c)(3), non-residential facility in Joplin serves to keep people with disabilities independent in their own homes and communities; serving Jasper, Newton, Barton, Barry, Dade and McDonald.

INSURANCE Beimdiek Insurance Agency, Inc. G. Stephen Beimdiek 303 W. 3rd St. P.O. Box 612 Carthage, MO 64836-0612 (417) 358-4007 www.beimdiek.com The Insurancenter Scott Brothers 2901 Arizona Ave. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-7500 info@theinsurancenter.com www.theinsurancenter.com

FUNERAL HOMES Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory Bruce Woodard 3701 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-1711 www.masonwoodard.com

FURNITURE Wayside Furniture Jay Cruse 3732 N. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-6810 jaycruse@hotmail.com www.waysidefurniturejoplin.com

Compassus Hospice Janet Gard 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-8272 janet.gard@compassus.com www.hospicecompassus.com Your hometown hospice since 1999. Named as Joplin Globe 4-State Reader’s Choice Award 2018.

Karen Rutledge Ins Agcy Inc Karen Rutledge Insurance Agency, Inc. Karen Rutledge 616 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 624-2661 karen@karenrutledge.com www.karenrutledge.com Karen and her team have been providing Insurance and Financial services to the Four State area since 1986. Call, click or come by today for the service you deserve.

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Hire Advantage Tracey Kelly 1027 S. Main St., Ste. 103 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 553-0700 www.hireadvantage.com Hire Advantage is the effective recruiting solution for all of your staffing requirements. Specifically tailoring our searches for your industry, we find talented individuals to propel your company into the future.

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MACHINING

MRM Agency Melissa Skiendziel 407 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 140 Joplin, MO 34801 (269) 339-4487 melissas@insuregov.com www.mrmagency.com Since our founding, we have been working hard to ensure our clients receive the best possible insurance services in Missouri. Our team of professionals offer unparalleled customer support and expert advice.

JANITORIAL & PAPER SUPPLIES

Wyandotte Precision Products Ron Brown 5502 Dennis Weaver Dr. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 625-1844 www.wppok.com We have the experience, expertise & personnel to be the best at what we do. If your company needs a reliable supplier of precision machined parts — Joplin airport — ISO 9001:2015 Certified Company through QAS International.

JEWELERS

Lozier Corporation Mr Mark Sockwell 1625 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Joplin, MO 64801-3542 (417) 781-1611 www.lozier.biz

The Silver Spoon Barn Kamber Smith 4975 E. Zora St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 499-0069 www.thesilverspoonbarn.com

MORTGAGE LOANS & BANKERS FirstTrust Home Loans Cale Ritter 1702 S. Range Line Rd., Ste. 3 Joplin, MO 64804-3274 (417) 385-1310 www.firsttrusthomeloans.com Built on customer service & integrity, we provide well thought out solutions to borrowers & help them navigate the process that will serve them well financially, providing a smooth experience for them. Thus, we are committed to “Mortgages Made Easy.”

Newton’s Jewelry Brian Newton 428 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-2800 newtons1914@outlook.com http://newtonsjoplin.com Newton’s Jewelers since 1914, Downtown Joplin. We deal in the unique with the area’s largest estate jewelry selection. Custom jewelry and repair done on premises. We buy gold, silver, platinum and jewelry.

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Premier Home Mortgage, Inc. Chris Schooley 411 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-8700 chris.schooley@phm.net www.premierhomemortgage.com Real Estate Financing Purchases or Refinance, we are a VA, FHA & USDA approved lending institution & are not acting on behalf of the VA, HUD/FHA, USDA or the Federal Government, NMLS 162291.

MOTORCYCLES

Communities of Wildwood Ranch Tracy Rowe 3222 S. John Duffy Dr. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 621-0175 www.communitiesofwildwood.com

OFFICE SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT & FURNITURE Four State Office Products & Interiors Karen Lauridsen 720 E. 4th St., Ste. A Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 626-8644 www.4stateop.com

ORAL SURGEONS Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Joplin Bradley R. Burnett, DDS 620 W. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 621-0500 info@oralfacialjoplin.com www.oralfacialjoplin.com

MANUFACTURING — MANUFACTURERS REPRESENTATIVES

MEETING/BANQUET/ CONFERENCE FACILITIES Redico Industrial Supply, Inc. Debbie Nault P.O. Box 624 Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 455-0746 • f: (417) 455-0748 redicosales@aol.com www.redicosupply.com Since 1976 Redico has been servicing area businesses and manufacturing with janitorial, paper and safety supplies — such as can liners, paper towels, toilet tissue, gloves, hearing protection, etc.

NURSING HOMES

PAINT-FREE DENT REPAIR Hideout Harley-Davidson Suzanne Kelly 5014 Hearnes Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1054 suzanne@hideouthd.com www.hideouthd.com Extremely knowledgeable trained staff in motorcycles, parts & accessories, & motor-clothes. Call our Riding Academy & take a course. We are very proud of our 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Service Dept., complete with a high-tech Dynometer.

The Touch Up Shop, LLC Patti McCammon 902 W. 4th St., Ste. 110 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-3687 mccammonenterprise@gmail.com www.thetouchupshop.com

PAINTING

MOVING & STORAGE

5 Star Moving Jeannie Wray Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 529-3883 www.5starmovingjoplin.com • Residential & Commercial • Highly trained moving professionals • Assembling Services • Expert Piano Movers • Fully Licensed and insured USDOT 3057701 • No Job To Big or small • Senior & Military Discounts • We Make Moves Easy.

ABE Paint Team Tim Albertson 1248 W. 10th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 291-4122 • f: (417) 781-2051 tim@abepainting.com www.abepainting.com Residential and Commercial Interior Painting Experts. Since 2007, ABE provides A Better Experience with our clean and friendly crew and free touchups for life. Schedule a free consultation today!

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PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION

The Payroll Company Jeff Hunter 3555 S. Culpepper Cir., Ste. 200 Springfield, MO 65804 (417) 882-2000 www.paydaysmadeeasy.com

Power Washing Plus, LLC Steve Smith 2401 E. 32nd St., Ste. 10-300 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 291-0549 steve@cleanmakeover.com http://cleanmakeover.com Having your house, driveway, deck and roof cleaned increases the value of your home and helps protect your largest investment. Pressure washing is one of the most affordable and simplest ways to accomplish this.

PRINTERS Joplin Printing Company Kim Wilson 220 W. 2nd St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-4460 kim@joplinprint.com www.joplinprint.com

PETROLEUM WHOLESALE Frost Oil Company Paul Humphries 1154 Jaguar Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (800) 338-3493 www.frostoil.com

PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS

Willis & Associates, LLC Rob Willis 11143 Gateway Cir. Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 451-2000 • f: (417) 451-4138 rob@will-print-it.com www.will-print-it.com Full-service commercial printing & copying, offset & digital, black & white to full-color, forms, labels, envelopes, EDDM, banners, signs, laminating, sales, service & smiles.

PUBLISHING

Show Me the Ozarks Magazine Lee Radcliff 18724 Hwy. 59 Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 455-9898 • f: (417) 455-0059 editor@showmetheozarks.com http://showmetheozarks.com Show Me The Ozarks Magazine is a locally owned lifestyle magazine in the Joplin region since 2001, covering events, entertainment and photography. For marketing opportunities and more call today. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

Ozark Center Vicki L. Mieseler P.O. Box 2526 Joplin, MO 64803 (417) 347-7704 • f: (417) 347-0213 vlmieseler@freemanhealth.com www.ozarkcenter.com As the area’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral health care provider, Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults and families in the Four States.

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Club 1201 Linda Williams 1201 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 626-0032 club1201joplin@gmail.com www.club1201.com Joplin’s premier destination for Lunch, Brunch and Event Venue. Whether we come to you or we host your event in one of our three beautifully decorated suites, you can count on a menu that is both uncommonly delicious and beautifully presented.

RAILROADS Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad Anita Horton 514 N. Orner St. P.O. Box 776 Carthage, MO 64836-0776 (417) 358-8800 anita.horton@gwrr.com www.gwrr.com

REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT Joseph Properties, L.P. Debbie Dankelson 1801 W. 32nd St., Bldg. B, Ste. 201 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-4777 www.josephpropertiesjoplin.com

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

PSYCHOLOGISTS/ PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

Joplin Ear Nose & Throat Tracey Carpenter 1920 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-4613 • f: (417) 781-0805 tcarpenter@joplinent.com www.joplinent.com Our team of Dr. Renee Walker, Dr. Suzanne Long and Lori Ramsey, N.P. are committed to delivering comprehensive, patientcentered evaluation, allergy testing and treatment for all ENT problems.

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Mid America RV Josh Schmutz 5439 S. Garrison Ave. Carthage, MO 64836 (417) 358-4640 www.midamericarv.com Stop dreaming and start living at Mid America RV in Carthage, MO the exclusive home of RV Warranty Forever. Travel, have fun, and make memories with peace of mind when you shop at Mid America RV, your locally owned and operated RV dealer.

RESTAURANTS/BARS

Club 609 Linda Williams 609 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-6090 info@club609.com www.club609.com Joplin’s premier downtown restaurant and bar. Exciting vibrant atmosphere coupled with the most expansive and unique menu in the area! Happy Hour daily! Family owned and operated since 1990.

Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill Damien Tiregol 815 W. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 206-3474 www.crabbysjoplin.com Always fresh, never frozen. Unique flavors, fine culinary style, all in an upscale atmosphere that’s been serving the Joplin area the best for 25+ years.

Cat Johnson Taste of the South Jerald Cole 1521 Broadway St. P.O. Box 952 Joplin, MO 64802-0952 (417) 434-8317

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FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

Employer Advantage N. Lee Allphin 1027 S. Main St., Ste. 401 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-3909 info@employeradvantage.com www.employeradvantage.com Trusted over 25 years, Employer Advantage saves businesses time and money with comprehensive management of Payroll, Employment Taxes, Health & Benefits, Retirement, Human Resources, Employee Manuals, Safety, Workers’ Compensation and more.

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FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

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TITLE COMPANIES

Webcon, Inc. Andrew Webster 217 W. 2nd St. Joplin, MO 64801 (620) 664-3198 www.webconroof.com

Pioneer Warehouse & Logistics, Inc. Mark Gooch 333 W. Pioneer Dr. P.O. Box 717 Joplin, MO 64802-0717 (417) 623-3700 mgooch@pioneerfreight.net www.pioneerwhse.com

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & EDUCATION City Pointe Beauty Academy Sherry Porter 501 S. Madison Ave., Stes. A-C Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-8822 www.citypointebeauty.com WTI — Joplin Campus Linda Lynch 1715 N. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 206-9115 llynch@wti.edu www.wti.edu

Sun Solar, LLC 2531 N. Patterson Ave. Springfield, MO 65803 (417) 413-1786 www.ussunsolar.com Sun Solar is Missouri’s #1 residential solar installer. Sun Solar will design, build, install and service your solar system. Sun Solar helps make your home or business efficient with our solar and energy efficiency packages.

STEEL FABRICATION

Federal Protection, Inc. Carlos Rivera 1227 E. 32nd St., Ste. 9 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 625-4200 www.federalprotection.com Locally owned & operated since 1969 we serve our clients with cutting edge security & technology solutions for home & business. In-house UL monitoring 24/7/365 through our UL Federal Response Center where you will ALWAYS speak with a live person!

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WASTE REDUCTION, DISPOSAL & RECYCLING SERVICE — INDUSTRIAL Midwest Fibre Sales — Joplin Byron Wilcox 676 Centennial St. Webb City, MO 64870 (800) 825-1976 contactus@midwestfibresales.com www.midwestfibresales.com Fully compliant with industry standards, we are the reliable, secure & affordable way to dispose of sensitive documents. We work hard to live up to our reputation as a regional leader in recycling & document shredding.

WHOLESALE MEMBER CLUB Brunner Fabrication David Ingersoll 7928 E. 26th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-2125 www.brunfab.com We are dedicated to crafting premium accessories for truck drivers & building quality metal fabrication projects for a variety of companies. Since 1986, we have diligently focused on providing the highest level of expertise & quality in the industry.

STORAGE FACILITIES

SHOES Red Wing Shoe Store Jake Jones 2914 E. 32nd St., Ste. 106 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-1135 www.redwingshoes.com

First American Title Company Debbie Gould 2820 Arizona Ave. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1553 dgould@firstam.com www.firstam.com First American Title helps home buyers and sellers, real estate agents and brokers, mortgage lenders, commercial property professionals, home builders and developers, title agencies, and legal professionals close transactions.

TRUCKING BROKER

SECURITY — PRODUCTS, SYSTEMS, BURGLAR/FIRE ALARMS Electronic Security Systems Bob Humphrey 633 Prairie Flower Rd. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 623-2689

WAREHOUSING

Countryside Self Storage Paul Boles 1813 W. 20th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-5616 www.yourstoragesolutions.com We have storage solutions to fit every need. We offer climate control, an electronic gate, 24/7 access, security cameras and other amenities. We have RV/Boat storage spaces and sizes ranging from 5’ x 5’ up to 14’ x 50’.

Standard Transportation Services, Inc. Todd Stout 3401 Enterprise Ave. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-1990 • f: (417) 782-5098 tstout@standardtransinc.com www.stdtrans.com Standard Transportation Services, founded in 1984, provides nationwide trucking services and owns more than 700,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space to assist clients with supply chain needs.

Sam’s Club #6415 Robert Thomas 3536 John Q. Hammons Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-6200 rsthoma.s06415.us@samsclub.com www.samsclub.com

VENDING MACHINES Joplin Snack Sales Ron Rackers P.O. Box 2914 Joplin, MO 64803 (417) 782-7549 joplinsnacks@yahoo.com

VETERINARIANS Madison Pet Clinic Dr. Brian Frank 1631 S. Madison St. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-2455 info@madisonpetclinic.com www.madisonpetclinic.com

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ADVERTISER INDEX

Joplin Rental Center ..................................................................... 54

ABE Paint Team ............................................................................ 59

Joplin Schools .............................................................................. 41

Advanced Training & Technology Center ..................................... 51

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences .................... 47

Donny Allen — Keller Williams of Southwest Missouri ................ 25

Legacy Credit Union ..................................................................... 59

Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Inc. ............................................ 48

Mercy ............................................................................................ 31

Allstate — Loretta Bailey Agency, Inc........................................... 57

Missouri Southern State University ................................................. 3

Alpha Air Center/Alpha Air One .................................................. 17

Modine Manufacturing — Joplin Squad ...................................... 78

Anderson Engineering, Inc. .......................................................... 18

MRM Agency ................................................................................ 25

Arvest Wealth Management ......................................................... 11

Newton’s Jewelers ........................................................................ 13

Asbell Companies ........................................................................ 19

Nutrien ........................................................................................ 15

Bayard Business Capital and Consulting, Inc. .............................. 27

Olive Garden ................................................................................ 79

BKD CPAs & Advisors ................................................................... 13

Owens Corning ................................................... Inside Back Cover

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Missouri .................................... 54

Ozark Center ................................................................................ 35

C & H Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration ...................................... 56

Pinnacle Bank ............................................................................... 42

Charles Burt Realtors .................................................................... 59

Pittsburg State University ............................................................. 45

Club 609 / Club 1201 ................................................................... 69

Premier Home Mortgage, Inc. ...................................................... 61

Commerce Bank ............................................ Inside Front Cover, 12

PRO 100 Realtors, Inc. .................................................................. 57

Community Bank & Trust .............................................................. 58

R & S Heating & Cooling .............................................................. 58

Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care .......................................... 39

R.E. Smith Construction Company ............................................... 14

Connect2Culture .......................................................................... 67

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States ................. 34

Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. ..................................... 66

Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church .......................................... 79

Crowder College .......................................................................... 49

Sam’s Club .................................................................................... 13

Dalton-Killinger Construction Co. ................................................ 23

ServiceMaster Clean ..................................................................... 12

Don Gould Agency, Inc. ................................................................ 8

Sign Designs ................................................................................. 23

Empire District — Liberty Utilities Central .................................... 21

Sky Ranch Cave Springs ............................................................... 81

First American Title......................................................................... 4

Snodgrass Collision Center .......................................................... 13

Freeman Health System ................................................................. 5

Southwest Missouri Bank ................................................................ 7

Freeman Health System OccuMed.............................................. 33

Standard Transportation Services, Inc. ......................................... 26

Greystone IT Services, LLC ........................................................... 26

State Farm — Karen Rutledge Insurance Agency, Inc. ................. 78

Hackett Hot Wings ....................................................................... 74

State Farm — Kyle Hickam Insurance Agency, Inc. ...................... 55

The Independent Living Center, Inc. ............................................ 37

Steve’s Frame and Body Shop of Joplin, Inc. .............................. 27

Indigo Sky Casino ........................................... 90/Inside Back Cover

T.R. Smith Construction, Inc. ........................................................ 60

Ivey’s Service Center....................................................................... 8

Total Electronics Contracting, Inc. ................................................ 20

Joplin Area Catholic Schools ........................................................ 43

U.S. Cellular/Premier Locations .................................................... 80

Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau ............................................ 71

US Kustoms Auto Body Shop ....................................................... 29

Joplin Ear Nose & Throat ............................................................. 39

Vaughn Companies, Inc................................................................ 27

Joplin Floor Designs..................................................................... 21

Volk’s Avanti Insurance Agency .................................................... 38

The Joplin Globe .......................................................................... 22

Wild About Water!........................................................................ 61

Joplin Industrial Electric ............................................................... 63

Wildwood Ranch .......................................................................... 28

Joplin Regional Airport .................................................. Back Cover

Willis & Associates, LLC................................................................ 12

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