Retiring officer Greg Pachlhofer is honored by Police Chief Don Melton, to applause during the Webb City Council meeting Monday.

After 31 years with WCPD, Greg Pachlhofer choses to go fly fishing full-time

Although he has enjoyed his 31 years with the Webb City Police Department, Patrol Officer Greg Pachlhofer told the Webb City Council Monday that he now prefers to go fly fishing.

Police Chief Don Melton honored Pachlhofer by presenting him a framed collection of memorabilia and gave a brief account of his experience.

Pachlhofer worked for the Sarcoxie Police Department and Newton County Sheriff’s Office before coming to Webb City in Feb. 1991. Before law enforcement, he was a U.S. Marine.

His roles have included shift supervisor, type II operator of the breath control instruments and field training officer.

Melton also mentioned that Pachlhofer taught himself how to fly fish by reading books and magazines.

Also wishing him well in retirement were several of Pachlhofer’s fellow officers and two of his daughters, Amanda and Whitney. His third daughter, Monica, was unable to attend.

Biscuit-and-gravy breakfast

7:30 – 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the Senior Center

The Webb City Senior Citizens Center will hold a fundraiser breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the center.

For $3.50, customers will receive two biscuits with coffee, orange juice or milk.

To RSVP, call (417) 673-1876 by Monday, Jan. 17. The center is located at 210 N. Pennsylvania St.

Selling at the farmer’s market online training

Producers selling local foods at the farmers market can learn about best practices, marketing tips, state regulations and available resources to enhance farmers market sales in a five-part online series in February presented by University of Missouri Extension. 

“This series will help farmers and other food producers gain knowledge to help them sell more of their food products at farmers markets,” said Leslie Bertsch, co-chair of the MU Extension Local Food Systems team.

Participants will hear from extension specialists, successful producers, and representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

The five sessions will be held via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. the week of Feb. 7.

The daily topics, in order, will be:

• Growing niche produce to reach new customers. 

• Boost sales by participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and/or Double Up Food Bucks.  

• State regulations you need to know to sell your product at the market.

• Best marketing and customer service practices. 

• Resources available from MU Extension and Missouri Department of Agriculture. 

The total cost is $20. All sessions will be recorded and available for a period of time after the event.

Click here for more information and to register 


Parents Greg and Greg Draper with their New Year’s baby, Thyri. (FREEMAN HEALTH PHOTO)

Webb City parents have first baby of 2022 at Freeman

New Year’s Baby Thyri Draper arrived at 10:39 a.m. Jan. 1, at Freeman Hospital West. 

The third child of Sarah and Greg Draper, of Webb City, Thyri weighed 7 pounds and measured 19.5 inches in length.

“I can’t wait to get her home,” said Sarah. “Her two older brothers, Bentley and Elius, are excited to have a baby sister and plan to help take care of her. We also have a dog and cat that will need to get used to her.

The name Thyri (pronounced like theory) is of Nordic/Viking origin and was found by Greg when he was researching names. It translates to mean Thor’s battle.

“I’ve always been one for unique names,” said Sarah. “We were pretty set on Scarlett if she was born with red hair like mine, but she has dark hair, so we went with Thyri.”

Following first-baby tradition at Freeman, Thyri  received a gift basket including stuffed animals, toys and lots of onesies.

Ribbon cut for swim center improvements

The Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new locker rooms constructed onto the south side of the Buck Miner Swim Center. 

There have been other improvements the past few years to the pool, which is approximately 45 years old. Aquatic director Shawn Klosterman, right, said the pool is the best its been during his 23 years of maintaining it.

Webb City seniors had the honor of cutting the ribbon, primarily because it was senior night. The pool is also used by Carl Junction. Klosterman said, “I love that these two teams are like sister teams.”