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How Stark Bros. changed its business model >> Book Reviews jkennedy

Every spring Stark Bros.Garden Center in the river town of historic Louisiana, Missouri welcomes visitors to their annual customer appreciation days, usually in April. Make a weekend visit and enjoy things to do.

by Jack L. Kennedy

Gnarled old family trees may still produce good fruit.

That is the lesson in 200 Years and Growing: The Story of Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards Co. by veteran business writer LeAnn Zotta.

The tightly-written volume with many themes covers two ...more

Learn about Joplin >> Calendar of Events staff
The second Citizens Academy hosted by the city of Joplin will take place from March 1 to May 10, 2016, on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. Classes will be held at the Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main, with the city providing transportation to other city facilities when scheduled.

The 11-week course offers Joplin residents, business owners and people who work in Joplin the opportunity to interact with local officials, tour city facilities and learn how to get more involved in the community. Participants will meet every department head and get an overview of the services and programs offered in each department. A maximum of 25 people with preference given to residents will be selected on a first-come, first served basis with others ...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 free yarn bombing-type event that distributes scarves in public places so that those in need, regardless of income and without any qualifications or other criteria, can help themselves.

Scarves are draped on trees, over bridges and on other locations around town. They are tagged with an invitation to anyone to claim ownership of the scarf.

“I think its great that there isn’t any special requirement for receiving a scarf,” said Ann Leach, ...more

Register to vote or shut up >> Community staff
The deadline to be able to register for the upcoming April 5 election is Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016," according to a reminder by Barbara Hogelin, Joplin city clerk. Citizens must be 17 ˝ years of age to ...more

Broadway hits will be featured at next OFO event >> Calendar of Events murray
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 36th season with its annual pops concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. The theme for ...more

Stewart to assume role as police chief >> Community l-onstot
Joplin's Assistant Chief of Police Matthew Stewart, pictured, will be promoted to the position of chief of police beginning March 2, 2016, according to an announcement by City Manager Sam Anselm.  ...more

Bluegrass festival to benefit Convoy of Hope >> Calendar of Events molly-e
The 10th Annual Bluegrass Festival benefiting Convoy of Hope will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at River Bluff Fellowship, 2655 E. Farm Rd. 188 in Ozark. Doors will open at noon; the concert will ...more

Man found... >> Community staff
A man from southern Christian County seen by this surveillence camera at the Nixa Police Department has been located. Nixa Police Department had been under Hazmat lockdown after he apparently ...more

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

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

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

Crowder announces community ed spring classes >> Education c-brown
The Neosho campus of Crowder College has announced the names of its community education classes that will be offered during the spring 2016 semester. Community education or “hobby” classes provide ...more

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

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

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

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

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

Pay your tax bill online >> Government staff
St Louis – Thousands of taxpayers are now using the successful web-based system — IRS Direct Pay — on, which lets taxpayers pay their tax bills or make estimated tax payments directly from ...more

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

Unique adventure is under construction in Branson >> Business staff
Plans have been unveiled for a first-of-its-kind $10 million family adventure attraction to be open 365 days a year in Branson. Construction for Fritz's Adventure, an attraction that brings the ...more

Support the JLT with history book order >> Miscellaneous staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02-05Breastfeeding group has new meeting timeplink
02-05Register to vote or shut upstaff
02-04Broadway hits will be featured at next OFO eventmurray
02-04Rock group Fern reunitesstaff
02-04Braggadocio - Trump definederick
02-04Stewart to assume role as police chiefl-onstot
02-04Bluegrass festival to benefit Convoy of Hopemolly-e
02-01February 2016 events for Joplin areastaff
01-30Man found...staff
01-29February 2016 Springfield area calendarstaff
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01-18Meeting of interestmbowe
For those interested in research at Smallin Cove be sure to attend the meeting of the Southwest
Neither the author nor I ever said Methodists are not Christians. FYI, there is a separate
11-28Supporting the CSBmorawetz
Offered is the following in response to the letter to the editor by PEER. PEER is also functioning
10-21City gets bill for auditmariwinn
The City of Joplin has received the invoice for audit services conducted by the Missouri State
10-08Mr. Eisenhowerwoodust
We grew up in the same era. This is what I remembered about him. I was draft age. He said he would
08-25Regarding Lillian Benthammariwinn
Janet, thanks for the compliment. It's great to see that an article written more than nine years
07-13Convention of Statestbrick
The COS is a great idea. It's the only way We The People" can truly fight the entrenched power
07-08A Teacher's Taleameyer
Mr. Kennedy, your review of Joe Gilliland's memoir, "A Teacher's Tale" is clear evidence that long
06-26Thanks for the helpj.brown
Thank you so much for posting an article about out growing market. Since I am just a girl with an
03-13New construction standardspjselman
While the article rightly mentions that "Mercy applied unheard of standards" in design and
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Tell it the way it is "If you ask me I am one week about asking what type of terrorism...and I'd be happy if you prove me wrong."

---Waleed Phares, FOX Midwest analyst on terrorism, discussing San Bernardino killings

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02-05Bid proposal: Demolitionstafff
The city of Joplin will accept sealed bid proposals for the demolition of a park building. The
01-04Railroad ties for salestaff
The Joplin Trails Coalition is selling railroad ties from along the Ruby Jack trail. If interested
11-30Fazoli's purchase has double benefitrikki-s
Through December 27, 2015, locally owned and operated Fazoli's franchise restaurant (Fazwest Group)
11-24Help wanted: Volunteer treasurerstaff
The Joplin Little Theatre Board of Directors is currently looking for a qualified treasurer
11-16Shop pottery for your holiday gift-givinga-brame
Midwest Clay Artists is pleased to announce their next show and sale. Artists will gather the
09-06Free counseling thru textingstaff
Something on your mind? Do you have issues with: Alcohol or substance abuse Suicidal
08-18Restaurant choice you never thought ofstaff
Did you know that the cafeteria and the Roughrider Grill on the Neosho campus of Crowder College
08-17Download GoSpringfieldMOstaff
In case you missed the announcement last spring the city of Springfield launched its first mobile
07-09Missouri road map is informativestaff
To find out what roads may be closed due to flooding go here for the Missouri Depart of
05-23Spiva Center seeks front desk volunteersstaff
Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St., Joplin, is seeking visitor services volunteers to work


A crash involving multiple tractor trailers blocked all lanes of Interstate 44 in Phelps County, an auspicious event for September 11. Back in the day Route 22 in New Jersey for me earned the moniker of "Death Highway." I-44 seems a serious competitor for the title without the congestion of the Garden State highway that allowed access to parking lots from two lanes. I can't be alone in cringing when having to drive I-44, especially on days when truck traffic is heavy and some of the drivers...More

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