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FilmSpiva competition is scheduled >> Miscellaneous klandwer
Spiva Center for the Arts is issuing an invitation to area filmmakers to participate in the seventh annual FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The competition challenges filmmakers to create a three-minute short within a two-day period. Each film must include a line of dialogue, a location and an object with the criteria to be determined by Spiva.

Contestants should plan to meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Spiva, Third and Wall in Joplin, to receive this year’s guidelines. Those who cannot attend may check Spiva’s Facebook page after 8 p.m. that day to find out what they are. The completed digital films must be ...more

Bull Mills outing combines nature with history >> Environment mariwinn

Calling attention to a section of the trunk of a downed tree, retired Ferrell- Duncan gastroenterologist and dedicated Master Naturalist Dr. Bob Kipfer explained the process of determining the tree's age by counting the visible growth rings. This particular tree on his property in southern Christian County, he said, dates back to the Civil War.

Organized by the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society and sponsored by property-owners Barb and Bob Kipfer, the annual Bull Mills Wildflower Walk was held on April 16, 2016. The property----originally consisting of about 85 acres purchased by the ...more

When gene manipulation is warranted >> Health mariwinn

The human spirit or heart can trump bad genes. That's one of the conclusions reached by Paul Durham, Ph.D, pictured, Missouri State University Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology. He spoke at The Moxie in Springfield on April 12, 2016, after a showing of the movie Gattaca.

In Gattaca Ethan Hawke plays the role of a man deemed genetically inferior (an "In-Valid") by authorities. The problem is that in ...more

Ozark Mountain Daredevils to perform in Ozark >> Calendar of Events stafff
OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS US Baseball has announced its first concert in the newly renovated U.S. Baseball Park, 4400 N. 19th Street, just off Highway 65 and W. State Hwy. J in Ozark. The ...more

Home repairs are available for low income owners >> Community mbyeakey
Economic Security Corporation (ESC) is currently seeking applicants for their home rehabilitation programs in Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties. A special priority has been established to ...more

Trail work closes segment of Ruby Jack >> Community staff
Those who use the Ruby Jack Trail may have noticed some work on the Oronogo segment. It's part of the the city of Oronogo's storm water project. Part of the project includes raising the trail ...more

Three children's books are recommended >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Using the right ingredients is important when choosing or writing books. But when introducing the power of the printed page to a younger audience, three varied new volumes show ...more

Learning about Schoolcraft and Pettibone >> Environment mariwinn
Missouri Department of Conservation Outdoors Skills Specialist Brian Flowers shows off a shotgun historically known as a fowling piece that he said was similar to the one Missouri "explorers" Henry ...more

Singer/songwriter contest is announced >> Miscellaneous grambo
The 69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival, that will take place from October 13 – 15, 2016, in the Basin Park Band Shell in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is accepting submissions for the ...more

Put garbage collection savings into recycling >> Community l-onstot
Joplin residents will now be paying less for their trash service but also have the added curbside recycling service as an option. Republic Services remains as the contractor for the residential trash ...more

Galloway audits $8.8 billion in federal funding >> Government gena
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on March 30, 2016, issued an audit of the state's management and spending of billions of federal dollars administered by state agencies. The ...more

Support the next phse of the Ruby Jack >> Community staff
The Joplin Trails Coalition is applying for a matching grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to complete yet another segment of the Ruby Jack Trail. Phase 4 is roughly 1 1/2 miles ...more

Know the truth about the Benghazi attack >> Education mariwinn
Fred Burton, a foremost auhority on security and terrorism, answers questions about the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He had completed ...more

God responds to Donald Trump >> Op-Ed hasings
Donald, my son, I have been troubled for some time knowing you don’t feel a need to ask Me for forgiveness when you’ve done something wrong. And now, with your strong remarks to one of my staff, ...more

Ozark Center launches Super Me! >> Health bruffett
The Ozark Center in Joplin launches Super Me!, an app for Apple devices. Super Me! helps children develop resilience and positive coping skills through a series of in-game and out-of-game ...more

Beekeeper class is announced >> Calendar of Events d-burton
University of Missouri's newly developed Certified Master Beekeeper program will debut from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Southwest Research Center, 14548 Highway H in Mt. ...more

Help is needed in capturing Select Jewelers robber >> Community tduncan
UPDATE: Witnesses reported he was wearing a red bandana. A video of him from an adjoining store, walking left to right on the sidewalk towards Select Jewelers to commit an armed robbery during which ...more

Thousands welcome Bernie Sanders to Springfield >> Government mariwinn
What a wonderful thing it would be if Missouri led this country to the political revolution. That comment was what Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said to encourage those who ...more

Hubby Bill stumps for wife >> Government mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor Hello, Mr. President. A crowd, including members of the Greene County Democrats, overflowed the rather modest meeting room of the Teamster's Local No. 245 on East Division ...more

Century farms are sought again >> Miscellaneous vbryan
COLUMBIA, MO -If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1916, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The ...more

Volunteers needed for new Joplin program >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin has started a volunteer program called Citizens in Action (CIA) to help connect and engage citizens with their community. Citizens will be able to volunteer as an individual or ...more

Camp Crowder's hidden gas >> Health mariwinn
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) claims to be rallying support for a Missouri octogenarian nursing home patient named Arla Harrell who at the age of 18 was subject to secret testing of mustard gas at ...more

Join a book discussion; learn about Oklahomans >> Calendar of Events stafff
"Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma" is the name of a free five-session book discussion that will take place at the Har-Ber Village Museum this spring. The books, personal memoirs of ordinary people, ...more

Internet access to remain tax-free >> Government bhart
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation he cosponsored to permanently ban state and ...more

MoDot reports highest road fatalities in 3 years >> Community kjackson
As of Dec. 31, 2015, 853 lives were reported lost in Missouri traffic crashes. The statistics represent an 11.4 percent increase in fatalities or over 800 for the first time since 2012, according to ...more

UFOs: U.S. government's big secret >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy After the holiday turkey and cheese dip are gone, why not turn instead to some food for thought. Ancient Alien --Theory Decoded by Robert Sickler (XLibris) may not be ...more

Experience the history and beauty of the Ozarks >> Travel & Leisure mariwinn
The entrance to Smallin Cave in Christian County, Missouri is seen from several hundred yards within. by Mari Winn Taylor Six miles south of Springfield near the town of Ozark is a cave that ...more

Civil War dead are memorialized at Wilson's Creek >> Features mariwinn
Participants in the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Memorial Illumination stand at attention while the park's flag is lowered. It was August 10, 1861, when 17,000 men, Confederates and Union ...more

Reading the Sweet Oak >> Book Reviews mariwinn
FACINATION WITH A RIVER Recommending a particular book specifically for holiday gift-giving could be a limiting idea given that every day is a good excuse for buying a book. For any excuse and ...more

Master's in Management is offered at Southern >> Education staff
A new graduate business program has been approved by the Missouri Higher Learning Commission to be offered to undergraduates of any major in the fall 2016 at Missouri Southern State ...more

Lawsuit presses for lake water quality standards >> Environment staff
St. Louis - It has been four years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) rejected Missouri's proposed nutrient standards for lakes, and neither the State of Missouri nor US EPA has ...more

High-end grocery store to open in Springfield >> Business staff
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's may have blown their opportunity to be the first such high end market in Springfield after an announcement that The Fresh Market had signed to be one of the tenants in ...more

Missouri veterans' comments wanted >> Health staff
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is soliciting comments from veterans regarding their experiences at Missouri VA facilities. "I've always said the best way to ensure our veterans receive the care ...more

Support the JLT with history book order >> Miscellaneous staff

Fantasy books: the great escape >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Benor Dorfinngil embraces the term “virgin territory” from both human and geographic perspectives. The lusty, life-loving lead character in British fantasy ...more

New way to discover risk for high blood pressure >> Health doshea
Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on ...more

Dystopia--denial in survival >> Op-Ed staff

ISIS' evil gets thumbs up >> Op-Ed mpolka
“Slow down, I can’t understand you,” the Prince of Darkness uttered, as his nefarious cohort babbled on. ...more

Music fills SLT 2015-16 season >> Calendar of Events staff
LANDERS THEATRE The Springfield Little Theatre, the oldest civic theatre operation of its size in Missouri, and one of the largest in mid-America, has announced its 2015-16 season. For season ...more

Joplin Little Theatre announces its 2015-16 season >> Calendar of Events staff
Bertha Bancroft (Ashley Trotnic) is shown in a happier moment with her unscrupulous boss Daniel Desboro Desmond (Roscoe Miller), president of the National Farmers' and Merchants' Loan, Mercantile ...more

Stone's Throw 2015-16 season >> Calendar of Events staff
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2014 AT STONE'S THROW DINNER THEATRE Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces its upcoming schedule of shows for the 2015-2016 season (subject to changes). Season tickets are now on ...more

MADD move over; cellphone deaths require attention >> Miscellaneous staff
While driving, 4 out of 10 smartphone users tap into social media, about 3-in-10 surf the net and 1-in-10 video chat, according to new research from major mobile service provider AT&T. This survey of ...more

Black? Five ways to avoid altercations with cops >> Op-Ed mmadill
by Matthew R. Drayton During the past few months, there has been numerous incidents— some tragic—where police officers were accused of brutality and abuse of power against African Americans, ...more

#Twerking >> Entertainment lynn-c
How what is #trending influences pop culture and creates something new by Carla J. Hanna The lap dance and striptease once lived in the windowless night club in the shady part of town. Today, ...more

JPD has new crime reporting system online >> Government staff
The Joplin Police Department has announced a new online crime reporting system for the citizens of Joplin, according to Lt. Carla Geller. They have partnered with COPLOGIC to develop a comprehensive, ...more

Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call List >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – Legislation was signed into law this week by Gov. Jay Nixon that will allow cell phone users to block unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Co-sponsored by 154 ...more

05-04Ozark Mountain Daredevils to perform in Ozarkstafff
04-28May 2016 events for the Springfield areastaff
04-282016 Master Gardeners are announcedvbryan
04-26Home repairs are available for low income ownersmbyeakey
04-26May 2016 events for the Joplin areastaff
04-26FilmSpiva competition is scheduledklandwer
04-26Trail work closes segment of Ruby Jackstaff
04-26Pope names new local bishopleidson
04-26Three children's books are recommendedjkennedy
04-19Bull Mills outing combines nature with historymariwinn
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04-16St. Johns (Mercy)hiboy
While attending "MSSC" and "PSC", I worked on 7-E (ICU, CCU).
04-1666 Stationhiboy
My first visit to “Branson” resulted in seeing only a Phillips 66 station on the road. That was
04-16Doresy Heerhiboy
Dorsey Heer and my mom were friends and would meet at a downtown coffee shop frequently. I
02-12Feel the Bernma-earth
I was amused when I heard some political pundits attribute the support by young people for Bernie
01-18Meeting of interestmbowe
For those interested in research at Smallin Cove be sure to attend the meeting of the Southwest
Neither the author nor I ever said Methodists are not Christians. FYI, there is a separate
11-28Supporting the CSBmorawetz
Offered is the following in response to the letter to the editor by PEER. PEER is also functioning
10-21City gets bill for auditmariwinn
The City of Joplin has received the invoice for audit services conducted by the Missouri State
10-08Mr. Eisenhowerwoodust
We grew up in the same era. This is what I remembered about him. I was draft age. He said he would
08-25Regarding Lillian Benthammariwinn
Janet, thanks for the compliment. It's great to see that an article written more than nine years
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Welcome to Trump County, USA "On the last day of my trip [to West Virginia], a man with a beard creeping high up his cheeks and a 30-case of Busch Light in one hand is on his way out of a convenience store. We talk about presidents. He’s holding the door open now with his foot wedged at the bottom, the cuffs of his pants torn and caked with mud, as people come in and out of the store. I ask him if he likes Trump, if he likes anyone, if he cares. It’s starting to snow. He turns and spits a long stream of black tobacco juice through the air, and then he looks back at me. “Whoever it is,” he says, “if they ain’t a thief now, they will be by the time they in office.” Then he’s gone."

---John Saward (VF Views - Feb. 14, 2016)

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05-03Download app for Missouri Conservationiststaff
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now offers its award-winning magazine, Missouri
04-10Are you prepared for a disaster?staff
In fulfilling the mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it wants to remind the
04-10Commemorate National Coin Weekstaff
In God We Trust LLC, 609 Main, Mindenmines, MO, is paying tribute to National Coin Week, April
02-23New website for Joplin museuml-onstot
Joplin History & Mineral Museum is proud to announce the launch of its new expanded website. The
02-05Bid proposal: Demolitionstafff
The city of Joplin will accept sealed bid proposals for the demolition of a park building. The
01-04Railroad ties for salestaff
The Joplin Trails Coalition is selling railroad ties from along the Ruby Jack trail. If interested
11-30Fazoli's purchase has double benefitrikki-s
Through December 27, 2015, locally owned and operated Fazoli's franchise restaurant (Fazwest Group)
11-24Help wanted: Volunteer treasurerstaff
The Joplin Little Theatre Board of Directors is currently looking for a qualified treasurer
11-16Shop pottery for your holiday gift-givinga-brame
Midwest Clay Artists is pleased to announce their next show and sale. Artists will gather the
09-06Free counseling thru textingstaff
Something on your mind? Do you have issues with: Alcohol or substance abuse Suicidal


I have this space to rant. Do I take advantage of it? Not often enough. First of all, I have to say, "I'm jealous." Long ago in considering how to be a successful entrepreneur I convinced myself that all it took was to psychologically control consumers. Apparently, I have preferred taking unpopular roads that didn't lead me astray from my beliefs..... Along comes Donald Trump. Trump recently said he loves the poorly educated. Of course, he does. Apparently, they are loving him back in...More

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