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Order your Maple Leaf Forever Flag now >> Community staff


A design submitted by Tom Jones has been chosen for the Maple Leaf Forever Flag, according to an announcement by Neely Myers, membership director for the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, it features a swag of maple leaves and a clear blue sky framing the Jasper County Courthouse, the focal point of the downtown Carthage Square.

"The flag represents what Carthage is all about--fall, fun, tradition and the Maple Leaf Festival," Myers said. She called attention to the timelessness of the flag, meant to be used year-round.

Several sizes of flags, including a ...more

Why Missouri governor needs to be a Democrat >> Government mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor

Democrats gather at a local labor union hall in Springfield for good bar-b-cue, comraderie and to become acquainted with Democratic candidates on the August 2, 2016 ballot.

Organized chaos is the way one might perceive events promoted by area Democrats. While the media receives notice of an event, we have no expectation of being greeted. Not alone this time we stood exchanging smiles with another local reporter who recognized the same aloofness.

Attorney General Chris Koster was the featured speaker at the Democratic fundraiser that took place at the I.B.E.W. Hall in Springfield on ...more

Help law enforcement get body armor >> Miscellaneous jmerritt
The raffle of a unique quilt featuring patches from sheriffs' offices in Missouri's 114 counties is being sponsored by the MSA Wives' Auxiliary with assistance from Southern Uniform. The proceeds ...more

Take part in Joplin's budget process >> Government l-onstot
Joplin taxpayers may be interested in attending one or several work sessions planned by the Joplin City Council as they begin their work on the 2016-17 budget. The first work session, scheduled ...more

Next trip to Tlaquepaque is planned >> Calendar of Events staff
The Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities announce that their next fund-raising trip to Tlaquepaque, Mexico will take place from February 3-10, 2017. The trip includes a visit to ...more

NOW demands resignation of Larry Kay >> Letters to the Editor jtomek
To the editor: Missouri National Organization for Women (NOW) has learned that the executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission has just resumed his job after a court found that he had ...more

Foodie/critic writes first culinary thriller >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Mark Spivak, author of Friend of the Devil (Black Opal Books) instantly proves to hungry skeptics that it Is possible for a journalist to cook, eat, drink fine wine and write ...more

Springfield Public Works tries to lesson crashes >> Community kmilam
Springfield Public Works is testing out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design with a pilot study at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue. The design with a tighter ...more

Prepare to dance with Zorba >> Calendar of Events jduffey
For eight years, the congregation of St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church has provided the public with a Greek party and celebration of life. This year, the ninth annual Greek Festival will be held ...more

Who will speak for the voiceless? >> Op-Ed hastings
by Rivera Sun The forest sways in ripples of green. Wind sends the dappled sunlight sparkling through the branches. These are the things we forget in the heat of the political season. There are ...more

Recognize the retirement of Fr. Wolff >> Religion jkennedy
The Rev. William G. Wolff, priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburg since 2005, will lead his final Holy Communion service Sunday Aug. 7, 2016, at the church, 306 W. Euclid, The ...more

Joplin High School principal is named >> Education kprice
Dr. Brandon Eggleston, pictured, has been named Joplin High School’s new principal. He will begin the position August 1. Eggleston has served as principal for North Middle School in Joplin since ...more

SLT announces its 2016-17 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 2016-17 season. The eight ...more

Stones's Throw announces 2016-17 season >> Calendar of Events staff
This is a scene from the opening night hilarious performance of The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon performed at the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre in Carthage on June 23-26, ...more

Dates announced for next Citizens Police Academy >> Community staff
The 14-week Citizens Police Academy hosted by the Joplin Police Department will begin on August 11, 2016, and conclude on November 10, 2016, with a closing ceremony and dinner. The classes held ...more

Butterflies and miracles >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Pain, comfort, relief and recovery are terms which often vary in meaning, and may take years to adequately discern and define. But butterflies, even broken humans depending ...more

Immerse yourself in nature and art >> Entertainment mariwinn
A garden party was hosted by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) board member April Davis-Brunner and her husband Larry at their property, Historical Cox Springs. They had purchased the 17-acre ...more

Joplin community learns about Jewish traditions >> Religion mariwinn
A visitor to the centennial celebration of the United Hebrew Congregation in Joplin looks over plaques containing photos of religious leaders at this Jewish house of worship dating back to 1916. A ...more

Hikers, bikers, join the Joplin Trails Coalition >> Community staff
The Joplin Trails Coalition has launched their 2016-17 membership drive. The dues are needed funds for maintaining and improving the Frisco Greenway and Ruby Jack trails. "We appreciate the ...more

Joplin Little Theatre announces its 2016-17 season >> Calendar of Events staff
At right the directors of the Joplin Little Theatre 2015-16 shows gather during the 33rd Annual Encore Awards Night held on June 4, 2016, in order to hand out awards to those volunteers whom they ...more

Crime Stoppers needs help finding Michael Skibo >> Community bkeene
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Update: Michael Skibo is believed to be back in the Springfield, MO area. If you see him, contact Crime Stoppers immediately. Crime Stoppers is asking help in ...more

Broadway shows come to Springfield >> Calendar of Events dgallion
"Now, I've had the time of my life" is what audiences will be saying about the Broadway shows coming to Springfield! The 2016-2017 Broadway Season at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts ...more

Senator Richard discusses passed bills >> Government richard
Legislative NewsSenator Ron Richard (R-MO 32)Majority Floor Leader The 2016 legislative session has officially concluded. From day one, my Senate colleagues and I set out to tackle some of the ...more

Working to save the Shoal Creek Low Water Bridge >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Thanks to some great research done by Kevin Martin, we now know a lot more about the history of the Low Water Bridge on Shoal Creek. According to a Joplin News Herald article ...more

How to sign up for curbside recycling >> Community l-onstot
Joplin customers still may register for curbside recycling from Republic Services. The additional cost of $4.75 per month added to the monthly trash charge of $11.73 would bring the total cost to ...more

Kiosk is set up to search for unclaimed property >> Government meghan
State treasurer Clint Zweifel is encouraging residents in and around Joplin to check for unclaimed property, five years after the devastating tornado struck the community. Missouri laws require ...more

Butterfly sculptures are unveiled >> Community bruffett
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado, two butterfly sculptures were unveiled at Freeman Hospital West and Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. More than 20 large ...more

Stopping just one more "hit" >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy-- Warfare uses many weapons, and internal battles are the most difficult. That is the major lesson perhaps in The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are REAL by longtime ...more

Think secondhand, think Experimac >> Business lweir
After living and working in five different states during a newspaper management career that spanned 20-plus years, Tim Holder decided it was finally time for his family to put down roots. “We ...more

Joplin's drug drop-off boxes are permanent >> Community stafff
All citizens---regardless of residency---have the option to dispose of unused, unwanted, surplus, orphaned and expired medicines by depositing them in the permanent drug drop-off boxes located at ...more

What's in your vehicle and A/C systems? >> Environment dbryan
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of 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

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

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 ...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 ...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08-26Help law enforcement get body armorjmerritt
08-26Trail to link MSSU with Northpark Mallstaff
08-26Freeman Health adds palliative med doctorbruffett
08-19September 2016 events for Springfield areastaff
08-19Dietary advice for combatting goutmhedin
08-19Easy solution for ridding gridlockhastings
08-19Take part in Joplin's budget processl-onstot
08-18Next trip to Tlaquepaque is plannedstaff
08-18Trauma is subject of annual conferencestaff
08-18NOW demands resignation of Larry Kayjtomek
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08-12Thank you!spivak
Mr. Kennedy: Thanks so much for your positive and insightful review of Friend of the Devil. I'm
06-09Be careful of the stones you throwpwarrior
We need to be careful in how we put our Mouth against someone for we never know how our King Jesus
05-27Democrats have their say although outnumbereds-morse
Fighting discrimination, protecting voting rights, beating back harmful labor initiatives, and
05-24Labor reform takes a hit againpishmael
State lawmakers have completed their 2016 legislative session, and once again our representatives
05-24Update on Low Water Bridge ownershiprharsh
FYI, Shortly after the first article was read, a later Joplin News Herald stated that O.D. Witmer
05-16Arla Harrell beverly
My fathers claim was denied for the forth time. Most of his service records were destroyed in a
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
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Dems must expose Trump"...The eye on the prize is exposing a reckless and risky reality TV star for the selfish narcissism that he represents for this country."

---Sen. Claire McCaskill speaking to a reporter recently

More Quotes.

05-27Buy a book for charity donationstafff
Local author Allen Kent (AKA Dr. Kent Farnsworth) is donating 100% of the proceeds of all book
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
02-28Pratt Place Inn and Barn has accoladespratt
Stay in luxury at the best kept secret of Northwest Arkansas. On the top of Sassafras Hill is the
02-23New website for Joplin museuml-onstot
Joplin History & Mineral Museum is proud to announce the launch of its new expanded website. The
11-24Help wanted: Volunteer treasurerstaff
The Joplin Little Theatre Board of Directors is currently looking for a qualified treasurer
09-06Free counseling thru textingstaff
Something on your mind? Do you have issues with: Alcohol or substance abuse Suicidal
08-18Restaurant choice you never thought ofstaff
Did you know that the cafeteria and the Roughrider Grill on the Neosho campus of Crowder College
08-17Download GoSpringfieldMOstaff
In case you missed the announcement last spring the city of Springfield launched its first mobile
07-09Missouri road map is informativestaff
To find out what roads may be closed due to flooding go here for the Missouri Depart of


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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