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Large cast splits show at Joplin Little Theatre >> Calendar of Events staff

Due to the large number of talented performers responding to an audition call, the Joplin Little Theatre has announced that they have scheduled two showings of Yes, Virginia - The Musical. the first cast will perform on December 9 (7:30 p.m.), 11 (7:30 p.m.) and 12 (2:30 p.m.). The second cast will take the stage on December 10 (7:30 p.m.), 12 (7:30 p.m.) and 13 (2:30 p.m.).

This stage show with new songs by Macy's Emmy Award-winning songwriters, has been adapted from the animated special based on the story of Virginia O'Hanlon, who in 1897 was determined to find an answer to the question, "Does Santa Claus really ...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

Comedy musical to define Christmas >> Calendar of Events staff

Fifteen holiday essays from Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten have been converted into a holiday musical. Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas will be the next performance of the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre. Performances will take place on December 3-6 and 10-13, 2015.

The show with a cast of five will be directed by Neal Ruggeberg and Tom Brown. It takes a look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the usual avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that is more indicative of the season. Featured are Kaitlin Morrill as Peggy, Drew Girouard as Phil, Clint Dodson as Rusty, ...more

Get ready for the Turkey Trot >> Calendar of Events staff

Early Bird Registration is now open for the 21st Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held in any weather beginning at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in downtown Springfield.

Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting 7,000-9,000 participants a year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Turkey Trot also serves as the largest one-day food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest, which collects about 7,000 pounds of food at ...more

Sculpture needed for museum without walls >> Miscellaneous staff
Sculpture artists, 18 or older, are encouraged to submit their work for Sculpture Walk Springfield 2016, a citizen driven initiative in collaboration with the city to create a museum without ...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

JACC names Lipscomb to create next art project >> People staff
James Karl Lipscomb of Joplin has been selected as the artist who will create the fourth project in the Art in Public Places Project sponsored by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC). The ...more

Missouri Senators say, no refugees in Missouri >> Government staff
After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France over the weekend, 18 of the 34 Missouri Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard are urging Democratic Governor Jay Nixon to ...more

Join the parade >> Calendar of Events staff
The Downtown Springfield Association is now accepting float and band applications for the 2015 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade presented by Penmac Staffing. The parade begins at about 2 ...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

Joplin Christmas parade is scheduled >> Calendar of Events staff
The 45th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. The parade route is from 15th Street to 3rd Street, north on Main. Sponsored by Freeman ...more

Seasonal jobs available >> Business streptow
Walmart announced it will hire more than 1,800 seasonal associates in Missouri for the upcoming holiday season. In addition to offering a chance to earn extra money during the holidays at one of the ...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

Recycle iris rhizomes >> Home and Garden staff
In celebration of Joplin's official flower, the Joplin Recycling Center is again accepting iris rhizomes, pictured at left. “The Center makes many items available for reuse such as books, ...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
In celebration of its 75th anniversary the Joplin Little Theatre is offering a deluxe coffee table history book. The limited edition book with over 400 pages features information about all the shows ...more

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

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

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

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11-29December 2015 event s for Joplin areastaff
11-28Former Spiva director to be recognizedamysusan
11-24Large cast splits show at Joplin Little Theatrestaff
11-24Holtzclaw trial redefines justiceerick
11-24How human characteristics span timejkennedy
11-22Bucking Republican environmental policy staff
11-22Sculpture needed for museum without wallsstaff
11-22Master's in Management is offered at Southernstaff
11-18Scarves around Joplin: Yours for the takingstaff
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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
02-23Modern Roundaboutsscottrab
The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate
02-17Forida detox center warns against legalizing potkjhelms
When Congress passed a massive spending bill on December 13, 2014, it effectively voted to end the
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President's comments at press conference in Turkey "It's best if we don't shoot first and aim later."

---President Barak Obama's comments regarding why he and his advisors aren't sending troops on the ground to fight ISIS in order for the U.S. to show its dominant leadership.

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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
04-13Seasonal workers are neededstaff
The City of Ozark’s Public Works Department is seeking hard working and self-motivated candidates
10-08Laughing Liberally publishes first bookjkrebs
Knock Knock, Who's There - The Mailman (Letters to the American Voter) has been published by


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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