This is one of the artist’s conceptions of the B&B complex recently presented to the Joplin City Council.

B&B Theatres previews its Joplin complex

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Coinciding with last week’s buzz about the Oscars, Joplin released artist’s conceptions of the new B&B Theatres luxury entertainment center.

The $12 million, eight-screen movie theater will be located at 32nd Street and Hammons Boulevard, across the street from Menards, and next to a 250-unit apartment complex.

In addition to movies, the website says the entertainment complex will feature the Marquee Bar & Grille, Outtakes Arcade, outdoor lawn games and a huge patio.


It’s easy to spot the flowering callery pear trees now.

Callery pear buyback

There will be another Callery pear tree buyback program in Missouri this year.

Starting April 23, citizens completing the event registration will receive a free native tree when they show a photo of a cut-down Callery pear tree from their property.

The replacement native trees will be in 3-gallon containers that stand between 2- and 4-feet tall. The trees are young and small to ensure the least amount of stress on the tree in the planting process, as well as easier transportation.

“As we prepare for spring, many Callery pear trees – also known as Bradford pears – are already beginning to bloom,” says Carol Davit, chair of the Missouri Invasive Plant Council. “The profuse white blossoms of this highly invasive tree make their alarming spread especially apparent this time of year, along roadsides, in fields, parks, and on private property.”

Missouri Department of Conservation forrester Jon Skinner is the local contact:, ((417) 629-3434 ext. 4543.

Go online for more information.

County election equipment to be tested Tuesday

Charlie Davis, Jasper County clerk, announces the public test of the county voting equipment will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, in room 103 of the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage.

“It is essential that the equipment, programming and process for our elections work without failure,” says Davis. The public and media are welcome to attend.

Samples for each April 2 ballot in the county are available to preview online.

Oronogo Cemetery Association meets Monday

The Oronogo Cemetery Association will hold its semi-annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the basement of the Oronogo Church on the Hill.

Four trustees will be elected. Any persons interested in the operations of the Oronogo Cemetery are welcome to attend.