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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

Order your Maple Leaf Forever Flag now >> Community staff
MAPLE LEAF FOREVER FLAG 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 ...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

Joplin Police Blotter: Ashton Bailey is arrested >> Community tduncan
On June 9, 2016 at 0933 hours officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to Sunrise Inn, 3600 South Range Line Rd. Officers had determined that a subject was there that had a Federal Arrest ...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

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

Joplin foster care office relocates >> Community staff
The Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services of Missouri has announced a new location for its Joplin office. It is Suite 101 at 2650 E. 32nd St. Kelly Turk serves as director of services for both ...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

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

Joplin tornado: How recovery funds were used >> Community jwang
JOPLIN RESILIENCY AND SUPPORT STILL LINGERS As part of the Joplin community, The Salvation Army joins other survivors this week in commemorating the passing of five years since one of the ...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

U.S. Cellular donates to Boys & Girls Club >> Community julieh
U.S. Cellular and Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri have announced a donation of $10,000 for 2016 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. This contribution will expand ...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

Phil Stinnett is returned to Joplin City Council >> Community stafff
Low turnout gave write-in candidate Phil Stinnett enough votes in Zone 3 to return him to the Joplin City Council. Stinnett who was mayor from 2004-2006 was a member of the council from 1998 to 2010. ...more

Sarcoxie gets drug drop-off box >> Community s-onstot
In partnership with the Sarcoxie Police Department and The city of Sarcoxie, The Alliance of Southwest Missouri will be permanently installing a drug take back box at Sarcoxie City Hall, 111 N. 6th ...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

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

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

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

Scarves around Joplin: Yours for the taking >> Community staff
It’s a simple concept: help the community chase away winter’s chill by spreading a little warmth to those who need it most. Citizens of Joplin will do just that during Chase the Chill, a ...more

Joplin Chamber news >> Community wlewis
The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Joplin program was awarded the Programs & Campaigns Award of Excellence at the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri (CCEM) annual association ...more

Missouri's number of critical bridges is growing >> Community staff
City of Carthage Route 96 BNSF Railroad Bridge hits warning list. Six Missouri bridges have been added to a list of closures or restricted use due to problems revealed during regular routine ...more

Californians arrested with drugs/guns >> Community scollins
The Drug Enforcement Team on August 19, 2015, arrested Jason Olsson, 33, from California after a traffic stop on Highway 171 in Joplin. A Joplin Police K-9 located 186 grams of suspect ...more

Early morning fire destroys garage/cars >> Community staff
The Joplin Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1626 S Connor at 2:53 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. Fire crews arrived on the scene to find a detached garage fully involved with ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Bat vs. knife >> Community ablair
On August 16, 2015 at 9:48 a.m. officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to 1801 Campbell Parkway in reference an assault in progress. Responding officers located two males on ...more

NCO employees need medical assistance >> Community staff
What may seem in retrospect as overkill--two Joplin fire units with eight fire personnel and representatives of the Joplin Police, METS and the Joplin Health Department responded to an emergency call ...more

Construction begins on Campbell at Primrose >> Community staff
Construction is beginning for the intersection improvement project at Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street in Springfield. The $2.3 million project funded by the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements ...more

Trolly system routes are revised >> Community l-onstot
With new development in the southern part of Joplin, the city of Joplin has realigned some of its Sunshine Lamp Trolley routes to provide new stops, as well as relocating some existing ones. These ...more

New Joplin park project to begin in autumn >> Community l-onstot
Construction of a naturalistic park in the southeast corner of 26th Street and McClelland Boulevard should begin this fall. The proposed park will be located on land that was part of the former ...more

Mercy's staff scatters; many to return >> Community saporito
by Jeff Raymond and Angella Saporito Immediately after a tornado destroyed St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin on May 22, 2011, Mercy leaders promised co-workers they wouldn’t lose their ...more

Joplin will get new informational signage >> Community staff
The city of Joplin funded by the 4% lodging tax is spending $53,000 to replace 37 signs that now are non-compliant with Federal Highway Standards. Signs that are part of a Wayfinder System ...more

Construction project to begin on I-44/I-49 >> Community staff
Proposed new interchange for the Crossroads Business and Distribution Park in Joplin Travel will be impacted on I-44/I-49 beginning March 2 through November 1, 2015, according to the Missouri ...more

Jasper County Extension announces election results >> Community vbryan
Ten individuals were elected to the Jasper County Extension Council in balloting that ended January 23, 2015, according to Andrew Pennington, council chair. Newly elected members to serve two ...more

Catholic Charities addresses homelessness >> Community mjersak
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri has announced a new program that serves veterans and their families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The Supportive Services for ...more

Bright Futures benefits from charitable trust >> Community staff
Eight Bright Futures affiliate communities including Carl Junction, Seneca, Carthage, Neosho, Miami (OK), McDonald County, Joplin, and Webb City received checks for $2,000 to help them continue local ...more

Mastering the Diverging Diamond Interchange >> Community staff
The drawing represents the latest Diverging Diamond Interchange to be constructed in Springfield at Battlefield Road and US 65. Work contracted with Hartman and Company of Springfield at a cost of ...more

Anselm is selected as Joplin city manager >> Community l-onstot
Samuel Anselm, pictured, has been selected as city manager for the city of Joplin, according to an announcement by Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert. Anselm has held the position of assistant city ...more

Final 3 of 40 vie for Joplin city manager job >> Community mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor Interim city manager Sam Anselm is vying for the permanent title now with two contenders left, Steve Rasmussen of Jefferson City and Dean Kruithof of Bentonville, Arkansas. ...more

Library expands space for youngest patrons >> Community mariwinn
The Children’s Department of Joplin Public Library has expanded and redesigned their play space focusing on the library’s youngest patrons, children birth to age five. This improved space is part of ...more

Critics of the new JLT floor speak out >> Community mariwinn
Members of the Board of the Joplin Little Theatre suspend their meeting to allow comments from those opposed to the destruction of the lobby's memorialized black and white tile floor. Shown is the ...more

NAACP and others seek systemic change >> Community jparker
In a joint statement issued recently, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (“LDF”) joined with 12 other leading national civil and human rights organizations in calling for action and reforms in ...more

Firm chosen to advance library construction >> Community staff
The city of Joplin has hired CarrBaierCrandall (CBC) Real Estate Group of Kansas City, Missouri to supervise the library project on 20th and Connecticut. CBC will assist the city and library leaders ...more

Demolition of JLT floor causes uproar >> Community mariwinn
Ah, nostalgia...While waiting for the curtain call for one of Joplin Little Theatre's productions, I just happened to snap a photo with my cellphone of the tile on the floor of the JLT lobby, ...more

Blood donors are needed >> Community staff
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately eight percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected nationwide. The number of donors continues to ...more

Motorcycle rider in deadly accident in Joplin >> Community staff
Aaron M. Kilby, 24, of Webb City, pictured, was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding on Range Line Road at 11th Street. Witnesses reported that Kilby was doing a "wheelie" on ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Robbery suspects arrested >> Community mstewart
Joplin Police have arrested two subjects in a string of recent burglaries. Austin C. Webb, age 18 of Joplin, pictured at left, has been arrested in connection with a burglary at 2840 E. 17th ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Pornographer indicted >> Community mstewart
SPRINGFIELD – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin man was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 11, 2014, on charges related to ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Bullseye robbery >> Community cniess
Officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Bullseye convenience store, 901 N. Florida Ave., Joplin. The robbery occurred around 7:19 p.m. on Thursday, ...more

Joplin Fire Dept. is subject of phone scam >> Community mstewart
On June 3, 2014 we received information of a possible scam that is going on in our community. A citizen received a call from an individual stating that he was selling ads for the Joplin Fire ...more

Improve Joplin parks and recreation; take survey >> Community l-onstot
The City of Joplin Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a community interest and attitude survey. The results of the survey will be used to develop the parks and recreation Department's ...more

Helmets still mandatory for motorcyclists >> Community dhaskins
The Joplin Police Department wants to make sure that the public is aware that the state of Missouri requires motorcycle operators to wear their helmets when operating a motorcycle. House Bill ...more

Randles retires, accepts position in Texas >> Community l-onstot
Interim City Manager Sam Anselm has announced the retirement of Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles, pictured, effective August 1, 2014. Following his retirement from Joplin, Randles has accepted a ...more

Tulsa man suspected of robbery >> Community mstewart
Jeffrey A. Smith, 30, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pictured, was arrested on May 29, 2014, while staying at the Motel 6 in Joplin. Smith is being held in the Joplin Municipal Jail on probable cause ...more

Motorists insist on beating the train >> Community mstewart
The Joplin Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Kansas City Southern Railroad conducted the “Officer on A Train” campaign ...more

Beware of fraudulent Third Thursday contest >> Community dwalken
It has recently been reported to the Joplin Police Department that citizens were contacted via mail about a fraudulent Third Thursday Contest. The message reportedly is a scam or a hoax, according to ...more

Precious Moments design is festival choice >> Community nmyers
A design submitted by Precious Moments graphic artist Crystal Manning using artwork created by the founder of Precious Moments, Samuel J. Butcher has been selected by the 48th annual Maple Leaf ...more

Lt. Stewart graduates from FBI National Academy >> Community blewis
Lt. Matt Stewart, pictured, with the Joplin Police Department was one of 221 law enforcement officers who graduated on March 28, 2014, from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. ...more

Sex offender could get 40 years in federal prison >> Community cgeller
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving and ...more

St. Patty's checkpoint results are announced >> Community rrives
The Joplin Police Department along with members of the Southwest Missouri DWI Taskforce and the support of MADD hosted a DWI checkpoint on North Main near Ozark Christian College on Saturday, Mar. ...more

Police lodge members endorse candidates >> Community s-howard
The Southwest Missouri Regional Fraternal Order of Police Regional Lodge #27 allowed candidates for the Joplin City Council the opportunity to address the lodge on March 13, 2014. The election will ...more

Family Pharmacy is robbed >> Community dlauritz
oplin Police were dispatched to an armed robbery just after 11 a.m. today (Mar. 22, 2014) that had just occurred at Family Pharmacy, 3202 S Indiana. Upon arriving on scene witnesses stated that ...more

Bank robber is caught on camera >> Community staff
This man, described as a Latino approximately 5'7" and of medium build in his mid to late 40s, is wanted by the Joplin Police Department as a suspect in the robbery of the Arvest Bank at 3291 ...more

Boys and Girls Club is seeking mentors >> Community staff
The Boys and Girls Club of Joplin is looking for adults to become mentors to over 30 at risk children. The club is located at 317 Comingo (off of 4th Street), Joplin. Volunteers are needed ...more

Sign up for home repairs in Pittsburg >> Community jmccool
Hearts and Hammers of Pittsburg, Inc. announces that applications for homeowners are available now for properties to be included in the annual workdays in April 2014. Homeowners that are financially ...more

Female eludes officers in Joplin chase >> Community mstewart
UPDATE: On January 2, 2014 the Joplin Police Department was contacted by the owner of the vehicle that the suspect, Deanna Martin, was driving during this incident to report his vehicle as stolen.  ...more

Recycle Christmas trees and wrappings >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin will have several collection points for discarded, live Christmas trees running through January 31, 2014. Bring your tree, completely stripped of all decorations, and place it ...more

No criminal activity found in public works dept. >> Community l-onstot
The Joplin Police Department closed their investigation recently into the building and code enforcement divisions of the Joplin Public Works Department. The investigation was ordered in July by City ...more

Statue finally cries out, >> Community cscott
The statue the "Tumbler" reflects lights from nearby Christmas decorations in Park Central Square, Springfield. (Photo by Vince Rosati) Ever wondered about the large, brown steel structure on Park ...more

Joplin Police Blotter:: Mall robbery suspects >> Community mstewart
Just before 8 p.m. on On December 11, 2013, the Joplin Police Department received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred on the parking lot of Northpark Mall.The victim stated that as she ...more

Fire casuses destruction of Main Street residence >> Community staff
The Joplin Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 436 N. Main St. at 2:58 a.m. today (Friday, Dec. 06, 2013). Fire crews arrived on the scene at 3:02 find heavy smoke and ...more

Museum asks for donations to reunite the Crenshaws >> Community staff
The Springfield Art Museum is hoping to raise another $15,000 in order to reunite husband and wife portraits of early residents Lewis Allen Dickens (L.A.D.) Crenshaw and Fanny Crenshaw that ...more

Dickerson Park zookeeper dies after accident >> Community mhaase
John Phillips Bradford, 62, senior zookeeper and elephant manager for the Dickerson Park Zoo died early this morning (Oct. 11, 2013) as a result of an accident at the zoo, according to a joint ...more

Motorcycle rider critically injured on Range Line >> Community mstewart
Update: The Joplin Police Department on October 2, 2013, was informed that Julie Lybarger-Johnson has died from injuries sustained in the motor cycle accident. The Joplin Police Department ...more

Walmart robbery suspect is nabbed >> Community tduncan
On September 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to Walmart, 2623 West 7th, in reference to a robbery that just occurred. An employee confronted a male who ...more

Scearce vs. Rohr; Rohr's response >> Community staff
Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr has released the comments below via Lynn Onstot, Joplin public information officer: "...I debated whether or not to respond at all to Mr. Scearce’s recent attacks ...more

Range Line Road speed to be reduced >> Community staff
Joplin, Jasper/Newton County -- The speed limit on a 4-mile long segment of Range Line Road (Bus. Loop 49) in Joplin will be reduced to 40 mph starting Wednesday night, Sept. 18, 2013, the Missouri ...more

Moses arrested for 1984 alleged Joplin murder >> Community staff
The FBI is announcing the arrest of Paul A. Moses, pictured, age 64, on federal charges of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) in connection with a 1984 murder committed in Joplin. Moses ...more

Pastor Bob Heath is honored >> Community staff
Four chaplains assist the Joplin Police Department. (L-R) Tim Sumners, pastor of Eastvue Baptist Church in Joplin and David Schepper, former pastor of N. Joplin Christian Church flank Bob Heath ...more

Tornado shelters are available for commercial use >> Community vcoots
At the Joplin City Council meeting held on August 5, 2013, the city acquired 16 temporary tornado shelters from the state of Missouri through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The city ...more

Joplin Police Blotter:: Drug busts made >> Community mstewart
An officer with the Joplin Police Department on August 9, 2013,observed two vehicles driving together make traffic violations. The officer lost sight of the vehicles and was not able to stop them.  ...more

Be on the lookout for a Chevy Suburban from Texas >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying three Hispanic males operating a 2008 silver Chevrolet Suburban, Texas license 64RHF8. The subjects were ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Misdemeanor theft >> Community mstewart
The Joplin Police Department has charged a former employee of the city garage with misdemeanor theft, following a criminal investigation. The charge stems from a car stop conducted on Jeramy ...more

Scrutinize your paper money >> Community cniess
UPDATE Jaymes D. Wright, pictured, a 20 year old male from Joplin, has been arrested and charged with forgery in reference to this case. Charges have been filed by the Jasper County ...more

NAMI offices change location >> Community mvaughn
In order to better serve the community, NAMI Joplin (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has announced that they have moved their offices to 219 W. 2nd Street in Joplin. A nonprofit organization, ...more

Natural beauty embellishes Joplin City Hall >> Community staff
Several photographs were chosen to hang in the Joplin City Council chambers and the mayor's office as the result of an art competition, "Joplin Art Rocks." The inaugural competition initiated and ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Robbery suspects are named >> Community mstewart
On May 18th, Big John’s Heavy Equipment, located at 1400 E Vandalia Avenue in Joplin, was the victim of a burglary and vandalism, where the estimated damages were in excess of $32,200. Big John’s ...more

The splash is on >> Community staff
The wait is over. Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center will open tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, and continue with daily hours from 1-6 p.m. Featured are a lazy river, lap pool, five slides, a deck ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Felony stealing reported >> Community mstewart
Joplin Police arrested the ex-treasurer of Heartland Crime Stoppers for felony stealing on Monday. Matthew L. Paige, age 34, pictured, was charged with felony stealing for the theft of $3200.00 ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Fatality accident >> Community mstewart
On May 30, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. hours, the Joplin Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash in the 3100 block of S. Connecticut Avenue (curve near Suzanne's). A 1989 Dodge Dakota was ...more

Vandals sought in damage to Cunningham pool >> Community mstewart
The Joplin Police Department is seeking information regarding vandalism that occurred at Cunningham Park on the night of May 21, 2013. Joplin Parks and Recreation employees the next day reported ...more

Gotta have another cigarette...last one >> Community staff
The Joplin Fire Department responded to an initial report of a medical call at 310 N Creekside Dr. Time of call was 2318 hours Thursday evening, 10 May. A fire crew arrived on the scene at 2323 hours ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Damien Doxley is arrested >> Community cniess
Joplin Police officers responded to an address on S. Sergeant Ave. this morning, April 24, 2013, just before 9 a.m. A victim reported that a male had knocked her out of the way and stolen her ...more

Joplin Police Blotter::Person shot at Motel 6 >> Community blewis
Joplin investigators are currently working a shooting scene at Motel 6, located at 3031 S. Range Line Rd. At 08:35 hours the Joplin Police Department received a call of shots fired at Motel 6. Agents ...more

Drive like somebody's life depended on it >> Community a.eden
April 15-19 is Work Zone Awareness Week and the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to partner with Missouri drivers on insuring safety in highway work zones. Here's the plan: MoDOT ...more

Special. gallery features art from waste products >> Community s-wade
Keeping the environment clean, creating beautiful art and helping people with disabilities go hand-in-hand at a nonprofit organization in Springfield, MO. Art Inspired provides secure document ...more

Buy a bird cut-out for a buck >> Community staff
Locations around Joplin are selling paper bluebird cutouts for $1 each to support the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. The campaign, "Bucks for Birds," will last through April 30, 2013. ...more

Increase in trash collection rate is no joke >> Community l-onstot
Effective April 1, 2013, the Joplin trash collection rate will increase from $10.78 to $11.36, with the Joplin garbage management fee of 15 cents, and the city’s billing fee of 40 cents remaining, ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Two charged in WM incident >> Community blewis
At left, JOHN C. GAGEAt right, TYELER K. WHETSTONE Charges have been filed in regards to the late evening shooting that occurred at the 15th street Walmart. The Jasper County Prosecutor’s office ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Drug bust >> Community cniess
On 01-24-2013 Jasper County Drug Task Force along with Joplin narcotic officers and Joplin SWAT served a search warrant at 320 School St. in Joplin. The search warrant resulted in one adult male ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Suicide determined >> Community cniess
A little after 7 p.m. on January 10, 2013, Joplin Police responded to 1129 Geneva Ave. Officers found Joel A. Lopez at the residence with an apparent gunshot wound. An investigation has ...more

Architects named in St. Mary's re-build >> Community staff
RDG Planning and Design, an award-winning firm from Omaha, Nebraska, has been contracted as the architects of the new St. Mary Church, parish center, and school (grades pre-K through fifth grade), ...more

I-44 non-injury crash involves Ohio truck driver >> Community mstewart
Leodor Oana, 62, from Lakewood, OH has been identified as the driver of a semi truck involved in a single vehicle crash at mile marker 8.4 of I-44 today (Dec. 20, 2012). The driver indicated to ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Indecent exposure >> Community staff
A white male accosted a young female, exposing himself to her at Third & Byers in Joplin on July 30, 2012, at about 12:30 p.m. The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s with gray hair and ...more

Interfaith Coalition urges pursuit of hate crimes >> Community tgutnick
Islamic Society of Joplin's religious leader Imam Lahmuddin looks away from the devastation of his mosque. Members of the Joplin community including members of the United Hebrew Congregation that had ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Man found dead in jail cell >> Community blewis
UPDATE: Preliminary results of an autopsy performed in Columbia show that the deceased died of natural causes. A detention officer conducting a routine cell check earlier today (August 2, 2012) ...more

First Hindu temple opens in Arkansas >> Community staff
The dream of more than 2500 Hindus living in Northwest Arkansas has come true. Celebrations for the opening of the first Hindu temple in Arkansas--a project dubbed "bringing Mathura to ...more

$350,000 in grants are awarded by city fund source >> Community l-onstot
The Board of Trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund of the city of Joplin today (July 30, 2012) awarded $350,000 in grants, satisfying 13 of 34 applications from various charitable ...more

Catholic Charities hands over keys to new homes >> Community mjersak
Two families displaced by the Joplin tornado more than a year ago received the keys to their new homes. The keys were presented to the Jump Family and the Smith Family by Gabe Tischler, disaster ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Poindexter/Hart arrested >> Community cniess
Two subjects were arrested after a recent police pursuit on July 22,2012. Danielle Poindexter, age 19, of Aurora, Missouri has been charged with the following: 1st degree assault on a law ...more

Suspect nabbed in recent shooting >> Community blewis
Keven Cassell, 50, of 725 S. Connor, pictured, has been charged with felony assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action in the shooting of his neighbor, Keith Ritchey, 23. Cassell's ...more

New Joplin PD purchase discourages tailgating >> Community rrives
In an effort to raise awareness and reduce traffic accidents caused by "following too closely" or tailgating, the Joplin Police Department has purchased a handheld Distance Between Cars laser to ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Male found deceased >> Community blewis
UPDATE: UPDATE: Daniel Hartman, one of the suspects in the Jacob Wages murder investigation, was located yesterday in Rolling Fork, MS. An arrest warrant for 1st degree murder was issued for Daniel ...more

Mural to include snapshots submitted by community >> Community mariwinn
UPDATE: The winning design is the one by Emma Gustavsson of Joplin (writing). One of three graphic arts students from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin will have her work chosen for the ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: First State Bank robbery >> Community cniess
This morning at about 10:30 a.m., (June 27, 2012) Joplin police officers responded to the First State Bank branch located at 1651 W. 7th St. [just west of Maiden Lane] for a report of an armed ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: UMB robbery >> Community joe.mor
UPDATE: The Joplin Police Department has identified a suspect in the bank robbery that occurred Monday. A white male suspect entered the United Missouri Bank on June 18, 2012, shortly after 3 p.m. ...more

Joplin competes in Best of the Road contest >> Community staff
UPDATE: The following are times and locations on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, where CVB officials will be escorting the judges:9 a.m. - Joplin Museum Complex1:45 p.m. -Cunningham Park & Pool3:30 p.m. - ...more

Tornado shelter is planned in Webb City >> Community c-brown
The Crowder College administration is working with Paragon Architecture Inc. of Springfield, Missouri on a design for a project that will include a tornado safe room at Crowder's Webb City campus ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Shooting update >> Community dcunning
Update to update: The victim's name is Shane Reeves and he is from Carl Junction. He is now in stable condition. The subsequent release from the JPD now suggests that the gunshot wound was not ...more

Obama observes significance of faith-based groups >> Community mjersak
JOPLIN- President Barack Obama, who was in town to speak at Joplin’s high school commencement ceremony on May 21, 2012, took time to meet and express his appreciation to those leading the way in ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Possible abduction >> Community blewis
Yesterday (May 25, 2012) just before 9 p.m., Joplin Police officers were dispatched to Steak-N-Shake, 3115 Hammons Blvd., in reference to a disturbance. A white female approximately 50 years of age, ...more

Photo rescue group has 24,000 unclaimed images >> Community staff
Based upon the number of photos and non-photographic items that have been turned in, yet still are unidentified or unclaimed, it seems that some people are out of the loop regarding this very ...more

AmeriCorps returns for final stint >> Community staff
Two new AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps teams arrived in Joplin on May 14, 2012, from the Southwest Region campus in Denver. Partnering with Rebuild Joplin and the St. Louis Emergency ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Scooter victim identified >> Community mstewart
The Joplin Police Department at 5:12 p.m. on May 3, 2012, responded to the area of East 7th and Peters (near Target and Dollar General), in reference a three vehicle injury crash involving a scooter. ...more

Construction to begin on Range Line at 36th Street >> Community staff
Drivers on Range Line Road (Business 71) at 36th Street should expect delays from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, starting May 7, 2012 a project to build ...more

City of Joplin to dole out tornado donations >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin has announced that the Board of Trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund, established to distribute donations made on behalf of the city of Joplin in the wake of the May ...more

St. Mary's to rebuild in southwest Joplin >> Community rmoore
Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish of Joplin made the announcement to the faithful during Easter Mass yesterday that land had been purchased for the rebuilding of St. Mary’s parish.  ...more

Man charged in Great Southern robbery >> Community blewis
UPDATE: Michael D. Manis, 52, of Carthage, pictured, was arrested on March 27, 2012, by Joplin police detectives for the alleged robbery of the Great Southern Bank, 1232 S. Range Line, on March 14, ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Fatality on I-44 >> Community dcunning
On March 17, 2012 at 8:13 p.m. the Joplin Police Department responded to Interstate 44 at mile marker 10.4 in reference to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. A westbound vehicle traveling in the ...more

Delays on Route 249 expected >> Community staff
Traffic delays are expected on Route 249 between I-44 and Route 171 in Joplin due to a resurfacing project. Crews will work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., closing a lane. The work is expected to complete ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Checkpoint catches 5 DUI >> Community mstewart
On March 10, 2012 the Joplin Police Department hosted a DWI Checkpoint in the area of 1111 N. Main. The checkpoint was a part of the Southwest Missouri DWI Taskforce. A total of 16 officers from ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Gunshot victim found >> Community blewis
The Joplin Police Department received a medical call of a female unconscious and not breathing at 1520 W. 8th St. on March 8, 2012, just before 6 p.m. Upon arrival the body of Bobbie Nichols, 50, of ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Man in custody for robbery >> Community blewis
The Joplin Police Department received a report of a strong armed robbery that occurred just before midnight on the evening of March 6, 2012. A male employee of Taco Bell, located at 2315 W 7th, was ...more

Audience learns about tornadoes >> Community mariwinn
A large number of area citizens joined fire, police and ambulance department personnel at an annual severe weather class held March 6, 2012, on the campus of Missouri Southern State ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Fatality on 32nd St. >> Community dhaskins
On March 4, 2012, at 9:18 p.m., the Joplin Police Department responded to the area of East 32nd and Lewellen Drive, in reference to a two vehicle crash and reports that one of the occupants was ...more

$10 million north Joplin project gets underway >> Community staff
Work to build a new interchange at North Main Street (Route 43) and Zora Street at a total cost of $10 million finally has begun. This is the initial phase of the city of Joplin (maintaining Zora) ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Pedestrian is dead >> Community mstewart
The Joplin Police Department just before 2 a.m. today (Feb. 10, 2012) responded to the area of Interstate 44 westbound exit ramp 4, in reference to a vehicle/pedestrian crash. When officers ...more

Safe room funding is denied >> Community staff
Those Joplin residents who thought they would get state assistance for the construction of residential safe rooms received bad news yesterday (Feb. 6, 2012), when Sam Anselm, assistant city manager, ...more

Joplin city finances are on solid ground >> Community l-onstot
Joplin City Finance Director Leslie Jones presented a report to the city council at the January 17, 2012 meeting that summarized insurance proceeds and reimbursements from the Federal Emergency ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Fatalities on 32nd Street >> Community mstewart
The Joplin Police Department responded today (Feb. 3, 2012) shortly after 2 a.m. to the area of West 32nd and Ashwood (west of Black Cat Road) in reference to a single vehicle crash. A 2004 ...more

Community leaders create historic moment >> Community mariwinn
An historic event took place on January 19, 2012, when leaders from several community groups gathered and voted unanimously in favor of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team’s (CART) recovery ...more

St. John's Mercy: the beginning of the future >> Community mariwinn
The 4-foot cross that hung in the St. John's emergency room survives the May 22, 2011 tornado and becomes a symbol of healing and rebirth. Replicas of the cross were handed out after a ceremony ...more

Joplin tornado house is shrink-wrapped >> Community mariwinn
The house at 2502 Joplin Ave. in Joplin that is known as the "Volunteer House" is being shrink-wrapped after the May 22, 2011 tornado to preserve its history. When the 118,000 plus volunteers came ...more

Security's role in reducing crime is discussed >> Community mariwinn
Cpl. Brian Henderson of the Joplin Police Department demonstrates ways to reinforce the wood framing around locks. He was speaking to a group of managers at a new workshop organized to reduce crime ...more

Joplin will receive $45 million+ in HUD aid >> Community staff
The city of Joplin will receive $45,266,709 million in funding through Community Development Block Grants, according to an announcement by Sam Anselm, assistant city manager. The funds administered ...more

Parr Hill Park to get NPS assistance >> Community staff
The city of Joplin's Parr Hill Park restoration is one of six projects in Missouri that will receive assistance from the National Park Service under the agency's Rivers, Trails and Conservation ...more

ASPCA to fund Joplin Humane Society in new program >> Community staff
The Joplin Humane Society is one of 56 animal rescue organizations that has received grant funding to participate in the inaugural ASPCA "Mega Match-a-thon," an event that will take place in late ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Alicia D. Ball found dead >> Community blewis
Update: On today’s date of December 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. Joplin Police were called to 3222 S Garrison ...more

Don't be the fourth or greater Joplin fatality >> Community mstewart
During the month of December the Joplin Police Department would like to remind everyone about traffic safety. During the holiday season there is more traffic on the roadways and therefore there is a ...more

Spiva announces membership show winners >> Community staff
Spiva Center for the Arts has announced the winners of the 64th Annual Membership Show at a reception held on November 18, 2011 for adults and November 20, 2011 for children. Members competed for ...more

New Americorps groups aid in recovery efforts >> Community arun
JOPLIN – Two 11-member AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams based out of Denver will spend a month contributing to ongoing tornado recovery efforts in Joplin. These teams, ...more

Families receive keys to their new Habitat homes >> Community mariwinn
Joplin Mayor Mike Woolsten, far left, joins Joplin and Tulsa Habitat for Humanity officials and representatives from Missouri Southern State University at a dedication and thank you ceremony held ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Two arrested for robbery >> Community cniess
On 11-10-2011, just after 3 a.m., the Joplin Police Department responded to 1631 E 4th, KUM & GO, in reference to an armed robbery. Two suspects entered the store displayed a handgun and demanded ...more

City officials are optimistic over housing starts >> Community l-onstot
Based on the number of building permits issued through November 11, 2011, Joplin city officials have determined that 48% of the 7500 homes impacted by the May 22 tornado are either under repair or ...more

Demolition debris drop-off site to close Nov. 30 >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin has announced that the Citizens Drop-Off Site located at 901 N. Black Cat Rd. will be closing on November 30, 2011. Citizens still removing demolition debris from structures ...more

Death toll for tornado reduced by one to 161 >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin has been notified that there had been an error in the cause of death for one of the 162 citizens listed as victims of the May 22, 2011 tornado. After careful review and ...more

Looking ahead...hopefully moving forward >> Community mariwinn
Commentary by Mari Winn Taylor, as a not-quite-editorial Now that members of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team have presented their "Listening to Joplin" report to the Joplin Council, many ...more

Five historic buildings are honored in Joplin >> Community staff
Missouri Preservation held its 25th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Joplin, recently at the Joplin City Hall, aka the historic Newman Mercantile Company, 602 S. Main St. As is their ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: I-44 fatality, Nov. 4. >> Community mstewart
On November 4, 2011, at 9:48 a.m. the Joplin Police Department responded to I-44 mile marker 2.2 for a report of a one-vehicle crash. A passenger car was headed westbound on I-44 when the driver ...more

Spirits haunt the JAWC luncheon >> Community mariwinn
JOHN WISE HOME Diane Humphrey, a member of the Dream Theatre Company, says she's "gifted." Under new management and ownership, the John Wise Home on South Byers in Joplin was the setting for the ...more

Joplin Schools music program gets large boost >> Community mariwinn
Did you ever wonder what it's like to play without an instrument? Thanks to a donation from Barry Manilow and his Manilow Music Project the Joplin schools music program will not have to be concerned ...more

Day 4 - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-Joplin >> Community mariwinn
The Richardsons' home at Annie Baxter and 25th Street boasts a sign, "If you have it we can use it." Their grateful need is in stark contrast to that of each of seven families chosen to get a new ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Shooting yesterday >> Community blewis
On October 20, 2011, the Joplin Police Department responded to 1423 Sergeant in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival officers found the victim, 48-year-old Karen Norris of Joplin, in her bedroom ...more

Extreme Makeover Joplin gets underway >> Community mariwinn
The team of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" came to Joplin early on October 19, 2011, in order to surprise an unprecedented seven families with their signature door knock notifying them that ...more

Joplin center receives $50K in grants funding >> Community klandwer
Joplin - Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is the recipient of $50,000 in TogetherGreen Innovation Grants funding, provided through an alliance between National Audubon Society and Toyota. ...more

First Extreme Makeover family is revealed >> Community staff
THE HOWARD FAMILY Apparently the executives at "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" are releasing the names of the seven families who have been awarded new homes at their discretion. According to a ...more

Ten families to benefit from Habitat's program >> Community staff
The families selected in Habitat for Humanity's Ten for Joplin project demonstrate their individuality while posing for a group picture. JOPLIN - Company sponsors got the opportunity to put a ...more

I-44 accident still under investigation >> Community mstewart
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Crash Team is assisting the Joplin Police Department with an investigation into the cause of a crash early this morning (Oct. 7, 2011) on I-44 at mile marker ...more

Be aware of the need for soil testing >> Community staff
Of 44 properties tested in the tornado-stricken area for mine waste contaminants like lead and cadmium the city of Joplin has reported that "19 have tested above the acceptable yard average level of ...more

Drop-off drug box is available M-F, 8 a.m.-12 a.m. >> Community l-onstot
A new drug drop-off box located in the lobby of the Donald Clark Justice Center has been established by the Joplin Police Department, 303 Third St. All citizens, regardless of residency, now have ...more

JPD announce results of Friday's checkpoints >> Community cniess
Joplin Police Department conducted three DWI checkpoints on Friday, September 30. The checkpoints were held at the intersections of 13th and Schifferdecker, Zora and St. Louis, and 26th and ...more

JPL now satisfies Kindle owners >> Community staff
Kindle owners are now able to download audio and e-books from the Joplin Public Library, according to an announcement by Jacque Gage, library director. Until just recently Amazon's Kindle device ...more

City encourages rebuilding by providing info >> Community l-onstot
The city of Joplin reminds property owners that there are various incentives and assistance programs that may assist them in the rebuilding phase. For renters who plan to stay a renter, the ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Suspect shoots himself >> Community blewis
The Joplin Police Department SWAT team was called out in the early evening hours of September 16, 2011, after a Joplin Police Detective, arriving at 2625 E. 11th St., Joplin, attempted to make ...more

No bull; they ran like heck anyway >> Community mariwinn
Participants in the first annual Joplin Running of the Bulls were little more than a blur as they headed down Main Street just a few steps ahead of a group of Mo-Kan Roller Girlz with bats. An ...more

Stabbing reported early today at Plaza Motel >> Community blewis
Officers with the Joplin Police Department today (Sept. 9, 2011) at 1:15 a.m. were dispatched to Plaza Motel, 2612 E. 7th St., in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. When Officers arrived ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Foley arrested >> Community blewis
Joplin Police were notified of a possible sexual assault occurring at 2916 S. Park, on August 30, 2011, just before 10 a.m. After further investigation, detectives determined there was probable ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Fraud perpetrators caught >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department was notified of an adoption fraud incident on August 24, 2011, with the suspects claiming to be victims of the May 22nd tornado. During the investigation, it was found ...more

Help is available for concrete removal >> Community l-onstot
Now that the demolition of tornado-damaged structures is well underway, city officials want to be sure residential property owners understand one important detail: Demolition may still apply to ...more

Catholic Charities offers building assistance >> Community dawna
With Joplin relief and rebuilding efforts entering the third month, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is set to welcome relief workers from the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. On ...more

Winning contest brings money for Joplin parks >> Community mariwinn
Joplin City Parks Director Chris Cotten, third from left, accepts checks for $15,000, from McAlister's CEO Frank Panky and Craig Bothwell, the local franchisee. The money, the result of winning a ...more

Heat is no deterrent for Joplin recovery workers >> Community mariwinn
Volunteers Adrienne and Jerry Garvey stop for lunch under the tent in a parking lot at the devastated Joplin High School. After coming from cleaning up a Picher Avenue property, Jerry Garvey was ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Child porn suspect arrested >> Community blewis
Detectives with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 1032 S. Connor Ave., Joplin. The search warrant was the result of a one-month ...more

AmeriCorps continues to assist in recovery effort >> Community staff
Joplin and the surrounding area is benefiting from the services of three teams of AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members. They are working with FEMA on disaster case management ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: View of robbery suspect >> Community mstewart
Detectives with the Joplin Police Department learned that on July 15, 2011, the suspect involved with the robbery at Hometown Bank on July 13, 2011, had been in the Mid-Missouri Bank at approximately ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Stolen iPad2 is recovered >> Community mstewart
Detectives with the Joplin Police Department served a search warrant at 2205 ½ N. Florida. An Apple iPad 2 was recovered that was recently taken during a burglary at the Verizon store located at ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Hometown Bank is robbed >> Community mstewart
On July 13, 2011 at just before 4:30 p.m. the Joplin Police Department was notified of an armed robbery that had just occurred at Hometown Bank located at 1429 E. 32nd Street. The suspect was ...more

City moves along permit process for rebuilding >> Community l-onstot
In a major step forward for Joplin's tornado recovery, city officials now are granting building permits for nearly all tornado-damaged residential properties from Picher Avenue west to the city ...more

Qualifications for tree removal are posted >> Community l-onstot
The May 22, 2011 tornado seriously damaged or destroyed many trees throughout Joplin and the surrounding areas. Some of the damaged trees may survive. Many more, unfortunately, will not. Instead, ...more

Storm shelter petition is circulating >> Community staff
Considering the devastation in Joplin and the number of people who did not survive the May 22, 2011 tornado, there appears to be too few people who took the time to sign a petition that supports ...more

Joplin mural project is introduced >> Community mariwinn
Dave Loewenstein of Lawrence, KS is a prize-winning muralist, writer and print maker. His community-based murals may be found in several places across the U.S. as well as in Northern ...more

Fire on 4th Street remains under investigation >> Community staff
(Photo by Adele Thompson) The aftermath of the structure fire at 1002 E. 4th St., east of the old Mid-Western Machinery building, is seen here. Several businesses were housed in this building ...more

Blaze on 4th Street is severe >> Community staff
(Photo by Adele Thompson) The Joplin Fire Department is currently working a large structure fire at 1002 E. 4th St., the former Griffin Grocery warehouse east of the old Mid-Western Machinery ...more

New access to Flying J truck stop >> Community staff
Joplin - The construction project adding medians and an outer road on Route FF (32nd St. extension) at Flying J is nearing completion. The following explains the new ways to access Flying J: Access ...more

Council to support local scouts; donations needed >> Community bdomeny
Boy Scouts who have been affected by the deadly and destructive tornado that devastated Joplin, will receive full support from The Ozarks Trails Council-Boy Scouts of America. "Our thoughts and ...more

We mourn their loss... >> Community staff
Senator Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has expressed his appreciation for the efforts of Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in Joplin that aided in recovery efforts in Joplin. The Missouri Department of ...more

Joplin after 22/05/11 >> Community rejustic
To the editor: I was in a town near Joplin for work when the storm hit and wanted to go help. I brought water, food and blankets but the Red Cross was amazingly already there helping everyone. I ...more

Elephant brigade unacceptable to city >> Community l-onstot
There is information in various media outlets showing circus elephants being used clean up in Joplin after the tornado disaster. Picadilly Circus made the initial offer to the city to use elephants ...more

President Obama visits Joplin >> Community s-smith
JOPLIN - President Barack Obama told an overflow crowd at the Joplin Community Memorial Service held at Missouri Southern's Taylor Performing Arts Center today that the government will not let them ...more

City is given symbol of courage >> Community staff
Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles, whose own home was destroyed by the tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011, clutches a flag given to the city by Marine Cpl. Brian Henson of Georgia. The exchange ...more

St. John's Medical Center reports casualties >> Community staff
St. John's Medical Center at McClelland and 26th Street in Joplin, is shown after standing in the direct path of an E-5 tornado that ravaged Joplin neighborhoods on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Mercy ...more

Anthem Blue Cross contributes to relief effort >> Community rch1875
ST. LOUIS – To help residents of Joplin/Jasper County recover and rebuild after the recent tornado, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri and its parent company foundation have granted ...more

How to make donations for Joplin tornado victims >> Community staff
Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf of Springfield, a US Congressional candidate, wants to warn disaster victims about "con artists and politicians" who may try to take advantage of their plight. He also calls ...more

Children's Haven director responds >> Community s-theis
Good morning! Just wanted to touch base with those of you who have electricity. We are doing well at the house. The kids are busy and in good spirits. Therapy dogs are coming over today (May 25, ...more

Joplin increases its downtown historic district >> Community l-onstot
This map shows designated districts in downtown Joplin. Solid blue is for part of the local historic district, dotted blue represents National Register Buildings, solid red is the Sunshine Lamp ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Theft of AC units >> Community cniess
Due to a rising trend of air conditioner thefts, The Joplin Police Department is requesting assistance with the identification and apprehension of thieves stealing air conditioning units. The ...more

Joplin CVB announces criteria for 2012 grants >> Community l-onstot
The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau is now accepting applications for the 2012 JCVB Special Event Grant. These funds are to assist qualified organizations with the promotion of tourism activities ...more

Joplin Public Library has expanded digitally >> Community staff
Joplin Public Library has expanded its services. Library patrons may now download audiobooks and eBooks 24/7 from the library's webwsite to PCs, Mac®s and many mobile devices. Users will need to ...more

A splash of blue >> Community staff
It's hard not to notice how Joplin curbsides have become splashed with color as residents procrastinate removal of the new blue trash polycarts. It's also understandable. The 96-gallon carts empty ...more

Please say hello to Bri >> Community k-aquino
Meet Bri the heeler mix: Brought in by her very ill owners along with a little Shihzu (who was adopted weeks ago). She’s a big girl with a big twinkle in her eyes! She looks like she’s asking: ...more

Sports equipment sought for qualified R-9 students >> Community staff
The Carthage Caring Communities Coalition, supported by The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, is looking for contributions of new or gently used sports equipment for its new Full Potential Youth Sports ...more

Heartland Crime Stoppers goes digital >> Community staff
Heartland Crime Stoppers has decided to use billboards for displaying wanted persons, according to Paula Bone, a Joplin Police Department officer and organization spokesperson. She calls attention ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Murder plot foiled >> Community blewis
Officers with the Joplin Police Department on February 12, 2011, arrested Gayle J. Thornberry, 46, pictured, for conspiracy to commit first degree murder. She was arrested without incident at her ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Robbery at Sonic >> Community mstewart
Officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to the Sonic Drive-In located at 720 South Maiden La. for an armed robbery that had occurred just before 5 p.m. today (February 9). An ...more

Quapaw tribal members file class action suit >> Community dfinnie
The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has announced that nine members of the tribe have filed a class action, breach-of-trust lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. The ...more

Joplin names new parks and recreation director >> Community l-onstot
Christopher Cotten, pictured, has been selected as the director of Joplin Parks and Recreation, according to an announcement by Mark Rohr, city manager. His employment will begin March 1, 2011 at ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Impersonator caught >> Community blewis
On January 15, 2011, at approximately 3:34 p.m., the Joplin Police Department Responded to 520 S. Rangeline, the parking lot in front of PetSmart, in reference to a subject impersonating himself as a ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Sonic's robber is caught >> Community cniess
On January 11, 2011, officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to Sonic located at 720 South Maiden Lane in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. A white female approached ...more

Is there a hero in your life who needs praise? >> Community staff
The Everyday Heroes Recognition and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is being planned. Nominations for this event are needed. They could be for ...more

Allied to hand out polycarts to Joplin customers >> Community l-onstot
(Photo courtesy of Allied Waste Services) After a new solid waste agreement reached between the Joplin City Council and Allied Waste Services, only one trip to the curb (or alley in some cases), ...more

MoDot seeks input on rail travel >> Community sally-o
JEFFERSON CITY - If you were charged with guiding Missouri's rail future, how would you spend your resources and what would you make a priority? A new online survey found on the Department of ...more

FBI to investigate missing Boomtown Days funds >> Community staff
Joplin - Boomtown Days Festival of the Four States, Joplin's annual summer festival, has received a bit of notoriety after the Joplin Police Department received a report that money may have been ...more

Plan for first community garden gains momemtum >> Community mariwinn
The enthusiasm for the concept of community gardens is shown by Erik Wright who has set in motion plans for the development of a garden in the Zone 2 area of Joplin. It was in July 2010 when ...more

Bistro owners arrested on suspicion of arson >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department along with the Joplin Fire Department responded on December 10, 2010, to 1710 E. 32nd St. because of a report of a natural gas smell in the area of The Bistro located in ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Identity theft victims >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department on December 8, 2010, arrested Alice H. Sims, 29, of Joplin, pictured, after she attempted to sell an infant on craigslist. Sims subsequently was charged with felony ...more

Arvest Bank was robbed this morning >> Community staff
The Joplin Police Department has released this photo of the suspect in the robbery this morning [Dec. 1, 2010] of the Arvest Bank branch on 32nd Street. The suspect is a Hispanic male, 5'5" to ...more

Joplin Police to tag RR crossing lawbreakers >> Community cniess
UPDATE: We the aid of Kansas City Southern Railroad, the Joplin Police Department were able to focus on enforcement of railroad crossing regulations. The detail started at 11 a.m. today and went to ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Murder suspect is arrested >> Community blewis
Update: Charges filed Preliminary Autopsy results An autopsy was conducted on Sean C. French, age 46, of Joplin this afternoon in Columbia, MO. Preliminary results show that French died as a ...more

Suspect in DAV robbery is captured >> Community mstewart
UPDATE On November 2, 2010 the suspect in the DAV Thrift Store Robbery, Stephen Agee, was taken into custody in Tulsa, OK by the U.S. Marshals—Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force. The ...more

Diocese beefs up predator screening >> Community rmoore
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, that includes Catholic parishes in part in Joplin, Springfield and Webb City, has received results of the 2010 audit completed under the Charter for the ...more

Child porn found on local pastor's computers >> Community cniess
Beth Phillips, United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Duenweg man was charged in federal court October 26, 2010, with receiving child pornography over the ...more

Cowboy church to begin at stockyards >> Community staff
A new cowboy church will begin at the Joplin Regional Stockyards at 7 p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. Circuit Riding Preacher Scotty L. Killingsworth, pastor of the Sac River Cowboy Church of ...more

Joplin's newest trail is for nature buffs >> Community l-onstot
Nature enthusiasts will especially enjoy the newest trail completed by the city of Joplin. The Turkey Creek Trail was officially opened today (Sept. 29, 2010) with a ribbon cutting ceremony with city ...more

Introducting Joplin's new red fire truck >> Community mariwinn
Joplin firefighters, city officials and the public helped move a new 100-foot aerial ladder truck into Fire Station #1 by pushing it into the station's bay, as part of an"Apparatus Retirement ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Death on 4th Street >> Community blewis
Kelli Baldwin, age 29, of Joplin was pronounced dead at a local hospital Sunday afternoon. Baldwin was in her third trimester of pregnancy at the time of the accident. Attempts to save the baby were ...more

MoDOT to install reminder to yield >> Community staff
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Southwest District are installing a flashing yield sign for traffic on the Exit 8 off-ramp of westbound I-44, traveling onto northbound ...more

Unmasked bank robber is sought >> Community staff
For those wondering why all at once three Joplin police vehicles and one Newton County Sheriff's Department car were traveling with lights and sirens yesterday, Sept. 16, 2010, wonder no more. At ...more

Joplin Airport gets new carrier >> Community mariwinn
Joplin Airport manager Steve Stockam reveals the ATR-72 aircraft, a French-Italian twin-turbo prop, that will be put into service. It is one of a fleet of about 39 that American Eagle operates. ...more

AARC now charges out-of-city residents for service >> Community staff
Effective Immediately the Animal Adoption & Resource Center (formerly the Joplin Humane Society) will begin charging people $20.00 for each animal ($30.00 for litters) brought to the shelter located ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Shooting occurred >> Community cniess
UPDATE: Late Tuesday afternoon the victim of this incident, Monica Young, came out of extensive surgery to repair injury’s she received to both arms and her face. Young is listed in stable ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Meth lab on Central St. >> Community cniess
The Joplin Narcotic Unit with the assistance of Jasper County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 1006 Central St, Joplin today (Aug. 6, 2010). A search of the location produced a substantial ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Search warrants served >> Community cniess
Investigators with the Joplin Police Department served several search warrants in Joplin on August 3, 2010, along with investigators from the Albuquerque Police Department and agents with the FBI. ...more

Two Joplin women are suspected of murder >> Community cniess
No details have yet to be released in connection with a Sedgwick County murder allegedly involving two Joplin women. Rhonda Pischel (left) and Sharon Huddleston (right), both of 629 S. Byers were ...more

Crime Stoppers alert:: Justin Copeland is wanted >> Community pbone
CRIME STOPPERS is asking for help in locating Justin Copeland, pictured at left. Copeland is wanted for burglary, property damage, and stealing. Copeland is a 19 year-old white male, 5 feet 9 ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Robbery on Main St. >> Community cniess
Joplin Police Officers were called to Payroll Advance Inc. at 2613 South Main St. at about 11 a.m. today (7/14/10) in reference to an armed robbery. Police determined that two men, one armed with a ...more

New equestrian center opens in Springfield >> Community s-wade

Joplin Police detail modus operandi for thieves >> Community cniess
During the months of May and June 2010 there were 106 residential burglaries that occurred in Joplin. An analysis of the burglaries shows that 61% of the burglaries occurred between the hours of 8 ...more

Keeping alive water issues >> Community mariwinn
The inset shows a close-up of "pervious pavers" that are part of the special construction used by the city of Joplin for a parking lot at 8th and Main. The special material slows the speed of ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Helicopter surveillance >> Community blewis
Over this past weekend there was a multi-agency task force that conducted a highly concentrated enforcement detail on Friday, June 25, 2010. The task force consisted of motorcycle and marked vehicles ...more

Artists gather to form a coalition >> Community mariwinn
Jorge Leyva hypes up a crowd of fellow artists, asking them to come together to build a community whose voice will assist in dictating the future of the arts in Joplin. "There's no more fantastic ...more

City of Neosho announces railroad improvements >> Community dfinnie
Neosho City Manager Harlan Moore announced today (June 28, 2010) that the railroad crossing safety improvements and closures will be proceeding in the coming weeks and affecting traffic flow by July ...more

Impact Life Church asks for fans or A/C donations >> Community staff
We need help from the community! This summer Impact Life Church is collecting any kind of cooling system for those in need. We are asking for donations of new or used fans and air conditioners. ...more

Have something to say? >> Community staff
In an attempt to raise funding The Bridge ministries has announced that a total of 1100 bricks will be laid at the main entrance of their facility. Donors are being asked to leave messages to future ...more

Find your pets at the shelter and save lives >> Community staff
HELP ME! My name is Marabella and I, a Persian adult cat, and my pals I've met at the shelter, are in need of a safe place to live. Otherwise, we're SOL. The Animal Adoption & Resource Center ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Another thief busted >> Community blewis
On June 9th, 2010 at 5:20 p.m. Joplin Police received a call of an attempted robbery at the West 7th street Walmart in Joplin. Employees stated that a white male passed a note to a cashier at the ...more

Joplin Humane Society welcomes visitors >> Community mariwinn
Visitors could see it in their eyes. They definitely could hear it in many of their voices. "Adopt me" was the plaintive appeal. The most successful in the adoption process belonged to what could ...more

Touring the Olivia Apartments >> Community mariwinn
Joplin entrepreneur Mark Williams held an open house at the Olivia Apartments. Curiosity brought many members of the community to 320 Moffet Avenue on May 8, 2010 to see what had become of the ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Robbery suspect on the lam >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department Investigations Bureau is on the lookout for Willie J. Spencer. The Jasper County Prosecutor has filed five separate charges against Spencer for unlawful restraint, felony ...more

Neosho Police Blotter: Train/car accident occurs >> Community dfinnie
On April 29th, the Neosho Police Department worked an accident investigation at the Kansas City Southern Crossing on East Daugherty Road between Pineville Road and Garland Douglas Drive. The ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Cocaine arrests made >> Community cniess
The Joplin Narcotic Unit with the assistance of the Jasper County Drug Task Force on April 27, 2010 served a search warrant at building 11, apartment 12 of the Oak Meadows Apartments, 1502 S. ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Child porn arrest made >> Community blewis
Detectives with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on April 20, 2010, at 6290 County Lane 185 in Joplin. The search warrant was the result of a five-month ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Robbery suspect captured >> Community blewis
The Joplin Police Department was called to 431 N. Jackson on April 11, 2010 at 2:08 a.m. in reference to a possible burglary in progress. The person who made the phone call saw a male subject trying ...more

Citizens say, vote 'no' on Propostion A >> Community mariwinn
A group of concerned citizens met in the parking lot of the Joplin Memorial Hall and staged a protest along Seventh Street. Their message to passing cars was to "vote NO" on Proposition A during ...more

IgniteChurch.TV lives up to its name >> Community mariwinn
Most people know it as the old Consumer’s grocery store, behind the Sonic, off of the corner of 7th Street and Maiden Lane but for IgniteChurch.TV it’s their new place of worship. “It’s not ...more

Joplin's 137th is overshadowed by Census 2010 >> Community l-onstot
Joplin city clerk Barbara Hogelin serves cake and her assistant Barbara Goelhofer serves punch at Joplin's 137th birthday celebration. City officials, community leaders and members of the Census ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Commerce Bank robbed >> Community cniess
Joplin Police officers and investigators responded to a bank robbery at the Commerce Bank branch located at 1804 E. 20th St. Joplin. The call came in just after noon on March 23, 2010. The ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: JPD officer arrested >> Community blewis
Images of 17 year old woman found on Officer’s cell phone The Joplin Police Department received a complaint regarding the relationship of a 17-year-old female and a member of the force. The Joplin ...more

Neosho creates an Adopt-a-Garden program >> Community dfinnie
The debut of an Adopt-a-Garden program, a cooperative venture between the city of Neosho and its citizens recently has been announced. Through an agreement with the city, an individual or group ...more

Helping Watered Gardens in their mission >> Community rpaul
Watered Gardens, 531 Kentucky Ave., Joplin, is a Christian outreach that offers a variety of services to comfort those in need. The group encourages any volunteers to help meet that goal. Several ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Arsonist arrested >> Community cniess
Joplin Police officers and investigators have arrested Timothy A. Elsey, 40, pictured, on March 10, 2010 for probable cause in the investigation of an arson fire at 719 S. Highland Ave., ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Shooting in Newton County >> Community blewis
UPDATE: Victim still in critical condition The suspect in a late night shooting Wednesday has been officially charged. Nathan R Spencer, age 18, of Joplin, pictured at left, has been charged ...more

Lions Club membership is encouraged >> Community mariwinn
Lions Club District Governor David Harris of Carl Junction introduced a group of potential members to the mission and history of the club. Founded in June 1917 by Melvin Jones as a service ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Chase ends in death >> Community blewis
A police pursuit ended tragically Tuesday evening when the passenger in a suspect vehicle that ran from police succumbed to injuries. The fatality was the result of the suspect having run a stop sign ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Arrests; one on loose >> Community cniess
On February 11th, 2010 the Joplin Narcotics Unit with the assistance of Jasper County Drug Task Force initiated a sting at a local retail store. The purpose of the sting was to arrest those supplying ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Routine stop discovery >> Community blewis
A Joplin Police officer on patrol on February 7, 2010 conducted a routine traffic stop and recovered stolen equipment from the United States Air Force. Officer Nick Jimenez stopped a red 1991 Dodge ...more

Man wanted by Joplin Police >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department is asking you to be on the lookout for Thomas King, 27. King is driving a tan Ford with missing hubcaps. Anyone with information regarding King's whereabouts is asked ...more

Meeting adds kicks to Route 66 >> Community mariwinn
Tommy Pike, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, addresses a group of business owners, government officials and others interested in the promotion of the historic road. Revitalizing ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Thieves foiled >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department was called to the Northpark Mall on January 21, 2010 at 12:34 p.m. in reference to a theft from a vehicle. Upon arrival officers determined that a purse had been stolen ...more

Police Blotter: Fall seen as cause of death >> Community cniess
Keith A Lyons, 43, from Joplin, was reported missing to the Joplin Police Department by his brother just before 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. Information given to the JPD was that Lyons was ...more

Salvation Army coffers are again richly rewarded >> Community jpoff
The Secret Santa visited Joplin again last night. The Salvation Army of Joplin received $100,000 in our kettles from an unknown donor. For five years we have received $50,000 in our kettles from ...more

Fee for recycling monitors and TVs is reduced >> Community l-onstot
A new vendor will be working with the city of Joplin's recycling center to handle the recycling of monitors and televisions. Effective December 8, 2009, residents will be able to drop off this type ...more

JPD cautions proper use of center lanes >> Community cniess
Heavy traffic volume on Range Line Road is a positive sign for Joplin’s economy. However, this presents certain challenges for traffic safety, according to an advisory from the Joplin Police ...more

Accident on 32nd Street claims young life >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department is currently investigating a fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of West 32nd and Jefferson Streets in Joplin. The crash happened at just past 11 a.m. today, ...more

Signatures needed for initiative petition >> Community staff
B.J. Lawrence of Pacific, MO is hoping that the Internet will help her group with obtaining enough signatures for a successful initiative petition, a process that has the secretary of state's ...more

Police Blotter: Joplin male suspect arrested >> Community cniess
The Joplin Narcotic’s Unit served a search warrant at Motel 6, Room 209, 3031 S. Range Line Rd. today (Friday, Nov. 13, 2009). A search of the location produced a large off-white rock suspected ...more

Organization seeks donations to solve crime >> Community mariwinn
Kyle Hickam, president of the 13-member Board of Directors of Heartland Crime Stoppers, Inc., explains the need for this newly formed organization at a press conference yesterday at the Joplin Area ...more

Police Blotter: Stolen vehicle leads to arrests >> Community blewis
Officers on patrol spotted a stolen vehicle on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, parked in front of 1008 W. 2nd St. in Joplin. The blue 2001 Chevy Silverado was reported stolen on 10/27/09. Officers set up a ...more

Undercover work leads to child porn suspects >> Community cniess
Investigators with the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and special agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant on October 20, 2009 at 107 S. ...more

Spiva Center sponsors brainstorming event >> Community mariwinn
Eliciting ideas sometimes needs a novel approach. Some people are not used to offering suggestions. Others might get caught up in the story and never find the conclusion. "We don't often have ...more

Police Blotter: Suspect in robberies apprehended >> Community cniess
The Neosho Police Department received a call of a robbery at the US Bank on Neosho Blvd. shortly before noon on October 15, 2009. The suspect had taken an undeterminded amount of cash from the bank ...more

Bonnie & Clyde B&B and other council matters >> Community mariwinn
Peggy Webb of Joplin leaves the podium at the Joplin City Council meeting last night (October 12, 2009). She petitioned the council to deny granting of a special use permit allowing the operation ...more

Police Blotter: Chase leads to death and arrest >> Community cniess
Joplin officers attempted to stop a GMC Yukon at just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 at the intersection of Fourth and Main when the vehicle failed to stop for a flashing red signal. Officers ...more

McIndoe [Water] Park again makes headlines >> Community mariwinn
McIndoe Park at the Low Water Bridge in Joplin again is submerged by a heavy rainstorm. Several roads were closed to traffic in Joplin as heavy rain fell on October 8, 2009. Flood warnings were ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: Meth lab found on S. Harlem >> Community cniess
The Joplin Narcotics Unit with the assistance of Jasper County Drug Task Force on October 5, 2009 served a search warrant at 2229 S. Harlem. After the location was secured, investigators found ...more

New tornado assistance grants are now available >> Community g-roark
Newton County and the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council scheduled a news conference today (September 28) in Neosho to announce details of a community development block grant program designed to ...more

County extension councils seek candidates >> Community d-burton
Counties in southwest Missouri are now accepting nominations for the 2009 public election of County Extension Council members. Names of nominees are generally needed prior to November 1. Getting ...more

Police Blotter: Californian busted >> Community blewis
According to a report by Lt. Mike Hobson of the investigations unit, Joplin Police Officer Blaine Cornelius on the morning of September 15, 2009 stopped for speeding a silver Acura with California ...more

Homeless Study Committee presents report >> Community mariwinn
Several members of the Homeless Study Committee gather to present their final report to city of Joplin representatives and gathered media. (Photo by Vince Rosati) James Whitford, at left, co-chair ...more

Joplin Police Department is hiring >> Community mariwinn
The Joplin Police Department will be testing for the position of police officer from October 11-12, 2009. Applicants are not required to be Missouri POST certified in order to apply for this ...more

Cpl Henderson exonerated in suspect shooting >> Community blewis
The Missouri State Highway Patrol notified the Joplin Police Department today that it had completed its preliminary investigation. The investigation concluded that Corporal Brian Henderson acted in ...more

Joplin Police Blotter: drug arrests >> Community cniess
The Joplin Narcotics Unit with the assistance of Jasper County Drug Task Force on September 2, 2009, served a search warrant at 307 W. C St., Joplin. A search of the location produced five bags ...more

Craigslist identity theft hits home >> Community c-owens
Joplin – Identity theft is rampant, and apparently not even those searching for rental property are immune. Dee Kassab, one of the owners of PRO 100 Inc., Realtors and head of The Kassab Team, ...more

Police Blotter: Advance America branch is robbed >> Community blewis
Joplin Police were dispatched at 11:14 a.m. today in response to a robbery that had just occurred at Advance America, a cash advance business located at 1900 E. 32nd St. A suspect described as a ...more

Joplin sued for its multiple general sales taxes >> Community l-onstot
In recent weeks there has been much discussion regarding a potential lawsuit against the city of Joplin by Tom Burcham, a southeastern Missouri lawyer and former state legislator from Farmington, for ...more

Police blotter: bank robbery foiled >> Community blewis
The Joplin Police Department responded to a robbery in progress at US Bank, 105 N. Range Line Rd. Billy Appier, 71, of Cherokee, KS, pictured, had entered the bank wearing a straw hat and ...more

Police blotter: Child dies visiting relatives >> Community blewis
Medical personnel along with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to 813 Central this morning (July 27, 2009) in response to a call that a juvenile male was unconscious and not breathing. ...more

Audubon center seeks volunteers >> Community mca
The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is beginning their volunteer training program. If you are interested in nature education and natural history, Wildcat Glades is the place for you! No ...more

Neosho is giving back >> Community dbridges
The Neosho Rec Plex will reap a bountiful harvest in more ways than one. Neosho Parks and Recreation Director Todd Banes started a community garden as a way to give back to the people in the ...more

Route 66 collaboration is announced >> Community bsmo
The Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum (BSHC&M) has announced that it is a founding partner in the national Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (ARC), a part of the Route 66 Corridor ...more

Campaign to end deadly crashes is launched >> Community cniess
Hazardous Moving Violation grants provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation will be used to fund a new project intended to promote highway safety. "The Heat is On" is a campaign launched ...more

Tri-State Water meetings again and again and again >> Community staff
Potential options for a future regional water supply were discussed today by members of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition at a meeting in Monett. The coalition had been formed after a 2002 study ...more

Victims sought for sexual misconduct case >> Community blewis
A female reported to the Joplin Police yesterday (June 24, 2009) that as she was leaving the Fastrip at 403 N. Main in Joplin, a male subject pulled up next to her in a gold or tan pickup truck and ...more

Ozarks Food Harvest grows with demand >> Community staff
SPRINGFIELD – Ozarks Food Harvest, The Food Bank has announced that it is relocating into its new food distribution facility at 2810 N. Cedarbrook beginning this week and will be formally operating ...more

Neosho joins information service >> Community dbridges
The city of Neosho has joined a community information service for area residents over the age of 16 using the latest technology. The service, called Nixle, delivers public safety messages and notices ...more

Bank robbery suspect admits to crime >> Community blewis
FOLLOW-UP: Philip L. Dodd, 36, of Carl Junction was arrested on June 19, 2009 by investigators with the Joplin Police Department. Dodd admitted to commiting this incident, according to a ...more

Warning system is updating database >> Community blewis
The Jasper County Citizen Notification Partnership Reverse 911® system, is asking citizens, if appropriate, to provide cellular or VoIP phone numbers for its database. One of its capabilities is to ...more

Coalition members inspect Ruby Jack Trail >> Community mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor-- Ed Grundy stands beside an old truck he purchased to use for trail maintenance. Grundy, who owns a refinishing shop in Carthage, is a member of the Joplin Trails Coalition ...more

Grocery stores don't sell new potatoes >> Community staff
What's really new at the Webb City Farmers Market? Potatoes--new potatoes, that is. Known for their high moisture content and tenderness, new potatoes are too fragile for commercial production, ...more

Fire, fire everywhere >> Community l-onstot
Joplin Fire Chief Gary Trulson recently announced that over the course of the last several weeks, the Joplin Fire Department has responded to multiple incendiary fires. These fires have resulted in ...more

Sen. McCaskill deals with heated audience >> Community mariwinn
Sen. Claire McCaskill addresses an audience at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin on April 7. (Photo by Vice Rosati) Joplin was Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's final stop, the ...more

South Joplin gets police sub-station >> Community l-onstot
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the South Station of the Joplin Police Department will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. The station is located at 115 East 34th St. An open house will be ...more

Local law enforcement joins ICAC program >> Community cniess
A half dozen law enforcement officers have banded together to form the Southwestern Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force (SMCCTF). In forming the SMCCTF these officers will be able to investigate, ...more

Charities that merit your attention >> Community staff
Filed in Bad Christian Doctrine, False Religion on Nov.07, 2008: "Apparently the shoes featured...from the gospelshoe website are supposed to share the gospel. But they don’t use any words to do ...more

Debit card accounts are at risk >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department is currently investigating a recent rash of fraudulent texts to citizens' cell phones that ask them to call an 800-number for additional information in reference to their ...more

Men arrested on child porn charges >> Community blewis
Detectives with the Joplin Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office and Cassville Police Department executed a search warrant at 4896 E. Wellridge Lane #11 in ...more

City of Joplin to consider streaming video >> Community staff
The city of Joplin is considering a better way to keep its citizens informed. It has devised a survey to find out about more information about computer usage in Joplin homes. The City will review ...more

Firefighter testing and hiring goes collaborative >> Community mariwinn
Pre-hire testing for firefighter candidates will take on a regional approach. Members of the Tri-State Fire Recruitment Alliance, including the fire departments of Joplin, Logan-Rogersville Fire ...more

New program publicizes good deeds by youngsters >> Community cniess
Operation “Do The Right Thing” is a new program established to reward youth of going above and beyond daily expectations to do something right. The Joplin Police Department and Joplin R-VIII School ...more

Play the odds: buckle up for safety >> Community dbridges
"Regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes" said Neosho's Chief of Police David McCracken when asked about the police ...more

Tornado approaching? Run to Crowder College >> Community c-brown
Crowder College received word from FEMA recently that approval had been given to the college for the construction of a tornado safe structure. The total cost of the project is $2,909,282 with FEMA ...more

Burn permit purchase locations expanded >> Community l-onstot
Starting Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, permits in order to burn leaves and debris may be purchased at Joplin's five fire stations. The additional locations supplement the original location that is at the ...more

Faster response for cellphone 911 calls in Joplin >> Community l-onstot
Distressed citizens in the city of Joplin calling 9-1-1 now will be able to talk to the dispatch operators of the Joplin Communications Center from their cell phones as well as from their land lines. ...more

Ahead or dead: racing an oncoming train >> Community mariwinn
Vehicles wait behind the railroad gates at the 15th Street crossing in Joplin as a long train approaches. While the pick-up in the photo waited for the Kansas City Southern freight train to pass, ...more

The Hornet Spooklight, past and present >> Community mariwinn
A monthly coffee klatch at the Joplin Public Library hit record numbers recently when Rance Burger of Springfield, a journalism graduate from the University of Missouri, spoke about the Hornet ...more

Children's Haven gets new look >> Community mariwinn
The Joplin Area Chamber's red coats were doing their schtick again today armed with their big wooden scissors and long bowed ribbon. This time they were at 7th & Picher. They were there to help the ...more

Irena Sendler: preserving her place in history >> Community mariwinn
Beth Perrey of Joplin, a McCauley High School and Pittsburg State University graduate, laments her fate as an orphan confined to the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland during the Nazi occupation. She was one ...more

Users express shock over water rate hike proposal >> Community mariwinn
A montage of faces shows some of the people who spoke out against the latest proposed rate increase by the Missouri American Water Company. (from photos by Vince Rosati) A public hearing was ...more

Memorial Hall tickets available new location >> Community l-onstot
Officials with Joplin Memorial Hall have announced that tickets for events scheduled at Joplin Memorial Hall will now be available for purchase at the Joplin Athletic Complex (JAC), 3301 West 1st ...more

Library offers alternative to plastic use >> Community staff
The Joplin Public Library is going "green" by offering an alternative to the plastic bags they previously offered free of charge at check-out. The new blue fabric bags are 14" x 18" that ...more

...and cops don't drive Saturns >> Community blewis
Joplin Police cited a man with impersonating a police officer and careless and imprudent driving early this morning after he attempted to pull over a vehicle that was occupied by three ...more

Man sought in recent shooting >> Community blewis
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Joplin Police are seeking Johnny White, age 40, for questioning regarding the shooting of another man. Joplin Police responded to a shots fired call at 904 Connecticut at ...more

Scatological mentality defaces town property >> Community staff
Did a perpetrator leave his name? The City of Neosho is offering cash rewards for information about persons involved in the vandalism of Neosho's parks, downtown area, and public or private ...more

When it rains, it pours... >> Community staff
A torrent of water flowed down Illinois and 7th Street after heavy rains that fell throughout the night. The driver of a car that had been marooned in front of Planned Parenthood was not in ...more

The eagle has landed... >> Community mariwinn
A bald eagle that made its home for over 30 years in the lower level of the Joplin Municipal Building on Third Street has moved thanks to the persistence of the Spiva Center for the Arts director ...more

Joplin's Mystery Church tackles subject of racism >> Community mariwinn
Members of the Mystery Church of Joplin and guests met recently to discuss community issues. The subject was racism. Is it a problem in the Joplin area was the topic discussed by a large group of ...more

Missouri: clean up your waterways NOW >> Community staff
More than just canoes float down the Elk River in McDonald County in southwestern Missouri. Lack of protection of the state's waters has to stop, says environmentalist, Ken Midkiff. Ken Midkiff ...more

More green for emergency vehicles >> Community l-onstot
OptiCom, a pre-emptive system for traffic lights that the city of Joplin has used to encourage safety for emergency vehicles passing through major intersections, has now been installed at major ...more

You drink, you drive, you lose; got it? >> Community blewis
Law enforcement officers across Missouri will be cracking down on drunk driving with increased enforcement March 14-17. The Joplin Police Department will be no exception. It is never worth the ...more

Rocks and minerals displayed at Audubon center >> Community rmca
The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center recently opened a new rock and mineral exhibit, a donation of Betty Hosp of her father's rock and mineral collection. The exhibit features various ...more

Be courteous when parking >> Community cniess
The Joplin Police Department wants residents to be aware that the enforcement of parking ordinances is an ongoing activity. The city of Joplin receives a number of complaints about improper ...more

Coping with the growing stray animal problem >> Community mariwinn
It's tough not knowing where your next meal is coming from...but still better than being picked up by the animal control warden..... (File photo by Vince Rosati) If the fact that 71% of the pets ...more

Big Brothers, Big Sisters expands program >> Community staff
In the United States today, there are approximately 2.4 million children--including approximately 60,000 here in Missouri-- who have a parent in prison. Tragically, the children of incarcerated ...more

Another fatal crash on I-44 >> Community admin2
A joplin resident was killed early this morning on I-44, according to a report issued by the Joplin Police Dept. Shyla Brannan, 23, of 2530 S. Connor Ave., was the passenger in an International ...more

Former tourism director defines CAFO threat >> Community dfinke
Former Missouri Tourism Director John Robinson has joined the effort to preserve Missouri state parks from the threat of pollution, the Citizens to Protect State Parks and Historic Sites announced ...more

Talking library book fits in the palm of your hand >> Community l-onstot
The Joplin Public Library recently announced that it will begin offering Playaway® – the first self-playing digital audio book – in their library, adding the innovative digital format ...more

Visiting Lebanon and the need for peace >> Community mariwinn

Habitat for Humanity 's ReStore has many benefits >> Community mariwinn
Dining room tables were a big seller last Friday at the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 315 S. Black Cat Rd. ReStore had a ribbon cutting ceremony that day marking their official ...more

Tin Cup Creek joins list of stream team efforts >> Community mariwinn
A pick-up group of stream team members huddle around a net that they used to collect macroinvertebrates from nearby Tin Cup, a creek not well recognized in Joplin. The group met to compile ...more

Airport terminal developes a personality >> Community mariwinn
Steve Stockam describes to a group of airport board members, planners, and the media how all the amenities will appear in the Joplin Regional Airport terminal currently under construction. Steve ...more

G.W. Carver is more than just the peanuts man >> Community admin2
Officials at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond yesterday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the new 18,000 square foot museum, theatre and interactive Discovery Center. ...more

After the deluge >> Community mariwinn
This heron may have had the same thoughts as many of the bystanders who came to Grand Falls in South Joplin on June 12, 2007, after the heavy rains that fell in the area. "Look at all that ...more

Some people are muckers >> Community sltimme
Green flies are munching on this delectable wad of poop found on the gravel hiking path at Wildcat Park in Joplin. While the culprit was no longer in the picture, it could have been one of more than ...more

Coalition seeks to end raw sewage overflows >> Community kknowles
Most of us don't know it, but billions of gallons of raw sewage flows directly into our rivers and streams each year. Raw sewage. This means untreated human waste: harmful chemicals, oil, grease, and ...more

An unintended restaurant review...of sorts >> Community mariwinn
I had a nice dining experience last night. I assume it isn't unique for the place. Actually, I even had the feeling, misguided though it was at the time, that the establishment considered that I ...more

Heed the tornado warning alert >> Community l-onstot
What does hearing an outdoor warning siren mean? First and foremost it means seek shelter immediately. According to the Joplin Emergency Management Office, outdoor warning sirens will be activated ...more

Hog futures...and you >> Community ljackson
Commentary by Laura Jackson Picture this sometime in the future: a large map of the U.S. is hanging in the Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. This map is covered with many beautiful colors. ...more

Ice storm cripples Neosho, MO >> Community mariwinn
NEOSHO, MO - While reports of the recent ice storm focused on damage from Springfield, MO to St. Louis little attention seemed to have been paid to the town of Neosho in western Newton County. ...more

CableOne to provide Joplin access channel >> Community l-onstot
Joplin residents who are CableOne subscribers can now be updated on various city programs and services via a dedicated channel on their television: “Joplin 22," a government access channel. ...more

Business must flourish; don't drink the water >> Community mariwinn
Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent were introduced by Crowder College Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Tatum at a meeting on campus on December 18, 2006, to introduce their water quality improvement ...more

Joplin favors unrestricted commercial growth >> Community mariwinn
Heavy equipment continues to move the dirt in preparation for the construction of One Summit Plaza, a 4-story office building that will adjoin the OccuMed parking lot on McClelland Blvd. in Joplin. ...more

Liberal progressive group forms in Joplin >> Community admin2
A chapter of a left-leaning organization to foster political discussion in an informal, casual atmosphere has been formed in Joplin. Meetings for Drinking Liberally, a national organization with over ...more

Permitting required for wastewater projects >> Community admin2
Any citizen of Newton County in Missouri needing the installation of a new wastewater system or repairs to an existing system is advised to make sure that the plumber or installer bidding on the work ...more

Seniors want competition amongst cable companies >> Community admin2
Recognizing the benefits to senior citizens, the Missouri Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) is encouraging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would increase competition among cable ...more

New law governs construction zones >> Community l-marble
JOPLIN – On the day new Work Zone Safety legislation went into effect, Becky Baltz, District Engineer, MoDOT Southwest District (7), unveiled a new work zone sign at the Joplin District ...more

Biker cops to enforce traffic laws >> Community l-onstot
After completing intensive two-week motorcycle training at the Northwestern Traffic Institute in Evanston, IL, traffic officers Justin Keller and Shelby Howard will be patrolling Joplin streets on ...more

Chapter of NAWW is formed in Missouri >> Community mariwinn
Women writers in the St. Robert's area have joined together to form a chapter of the National Association of Women Writers (NAWW). Ft. Leonard Wood writer and columnist Teresa Hernandez has been ...more

Spring River in Jasper County declared unusable >> Community mariwinn
Litter discovered by members of the Carthage High School Stream Team reflects local disregard for preserving the environment Many citizens appear to be pessimistic over what will be done to protect ...more

Shelter from the storm--natural or otherwise >> Community factor
They wern't homeless but they found shelter. The other evening a wonderful if not unusual thing happened. With tornado sirens blasting. the wind blowing and hail stones falling, a family passing ...more

NIGA chairman receives blanket for good luck >> Community michelle
National Indian Gaming Association chairman Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., at left, is presented with a blanket from J.R. Mathews, vice president of the Quapaw tribe in a ceremony at the Quapaw Casino in ...more

Restriction of county health ordinances nixed >> Community xstaff
Public outcry by Missouri family farmers and rural citizens opposed to attempts by the legislature to limit local control to restrict polluting factory farms achieved success this week. Carla ...more

City opens limited hazardous household waste drop >> Community phillips
A new regional hazardous waste collection facility has been established at the Joplin Recycling Center. Non-commercial residents from McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Barton and Vernon counties will be able ...more

Crosslines serves people in need >> Community mariwinn
Workers at Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area help to distribute items that meet the needs of low income families. Donations of winter mittens and hats are strung on a clothesline behind them. ...more

Drivers cited for disobeying Move Over laws >> Community mariwinn
In case drivers on Missouri roads aren't aware of the state's Move Over laws, if caught breaking one could be costly. Mark James, director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today ...more

Steps for saving farmland from urban sprawl >> Community d-burton
All of southwest Missouri is facing land use issues. In Greene County, where the growth of three and five-acre tracts caused the loss of 724 acres to homes in 2004, this is especially the case. ...more

Photofreeway consolidates missing person info >> Community hpaxton
Because people have become frustrated over using the many Internet lists of missing persons in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill Wolcott decided to do something to help consolidate all the ...more

Wireless industry will issue AMBER alerts >> Community terri-d
AMBER Alert System Strengthened by Wireless Industry Initiative JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the AMBER Alert Advisory Committee announced recently ...more

Swimming in your toilet >> Community t-folsom
How the Missouri DNR plans to allow further pollution of waterways DADDY, what's that slimy stuff in the water? In Jasper County, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected four ...more

How child abuse is handled in Greene County >> Community mrspears
Child abuse is a serious problem across the state of Missouri, but in Greene County the rate of reported cases of child abuse and neglect are higher than those in Kansas City or St. Louis.  ...more

Jasper County sheriff initiates video arraignment >> Community mariwinn
Videoconferencing technology has been around for some time. But just recently Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn decided to take advantage of it. A part of his program to make the department more ...more

Thomas Hart Benton's final mural gets new home >> Community mariwinn
What an awesome feeling to be able to stand close to the mural of Joplin at the Turn of the Century conceived and painted by artist Thomas Hart Benton 33 years ago for Joplin's 100th birthday. A ...more

Frisco Apartments win third award >> Community sarah-s
The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB), an organization founded in 1942 to provide, safe, decent and affordable housing, recently has presented the ...more

Time to treat Internet like a public square >> Community d-burton
How much privacy and freedom of speech are Americans willing to give up in order to make the Internet a safer place? That was the basic question that guided a recent pubic issue forum held at the ...more

Frisco Apartments receive Governor's Award >> Community dwbryan
Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell presented three Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing for developments in Kansas City, Joplin and Hillsdale (St. Louis) during an award luncheon, September ...more

Missouri's meth addiction: out of control >> Community mariwinn
Newton County Sheriff Ron Doerge described the meth abuser photos that flashed on the screen as "grabbers to catch people's attention." They did just that. A former drug addict became the poster ...more

Meth production is a serious threat to children >> Community mariwinn
No children were in the trailer in north Joplin the last time it was busted for meth. That's what John Lucky, the sheriff's representative to the Jasper County Drug Task Force reported to the media ...more

Veteran's Memorial dedicated in Pittsburg, KS >> Community sltimme
More than 4000 people, about twice what was expected from the 4-states, came together to remember those that gave their lives and to honor the living that served to preserve freedom in the United ...more

Patch Adams challenges audience >> Community mariwinn
When Dr. Patch Adams said that he wouldn't raise a hand to anyone, even to protect his family, members of the audience listening to him recently at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center were ...more

Don't mix TV and meals is advice from ParentLink >> Community d-burton
"We receive calls from parents and professionals, some who are not looking for specific information but who want help problem solving or need a supportive conversation," said Sandi Lillard, ...more

Missouri hotline addresses child abuse >> Community d-burton
Several programs have been shown to have a positive effect on preventing child abuse and neglect according to Jinny Hopp, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension. For example, ...more

Dumm stresses need for asset management >> Community mariwinn
It may be unusual for a lawyer to talk about the excesses of his profession, but Christopher Dumm is not your usual lawyer. Speaking at a breakfast/seminar sponsored by Arvest Asset Management, ...more

Divorcing & kids is a Missouri concern >> Community d-burton
Each year 25,000 divorces occur in Missouri -- one of every two marriages -- and the majority of these involve children. These figures reflect a national picture in which almost one million divorces ...more

With understanding grievers can cope >> Community d-burton
Everyone feels grief when they experience a significant loss or change. Death, divorce, a traumatic storm, or the loss of a loved one can start the cycle of grief, according to Kim Allen, human ...more

Challenges of parenting >> Community mariwinn
A smiling audience holds up papers they folded differently from the same instructions given them. The exercise was part of a talk given by Kim Allen at a recent parenting conference.   The ...more

Local AMBER Alert system activated >> Community mariwinn
Greg Dagnan, pictured left, director of the Children's Center of Southwest Missouri, and Lt. Carl Francis, pictured right, of the Joplin Police Department are credited with developing the Child ...more

Drink, drive, be stupid >> Community mariwinn
Standing on the corner of Fifth and Joplin streets in Joplin's "bar district" at 1:30 a.m., a girl in the group admitted being a minor to a passing motorist who had solicited her. Lack of parental ...more

Make life matter... >> Community mariwinn
Do you have two to four hours per week to spare? Are you over 18 and a full-time student at Ozark College or MSSC or holding permanent employment? If so, then the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Jasper & ...more






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