Carterville Comets reunite

There was a good turnout of Carterville High School graduates for a reunion Friday night at their gym (now called the Community Center). It was determined that the youngest alumni are now in their early 70s since the class of 1968 was the last to graduate before Carterville consolidated with Webb City.

Speech & debate competes at MSU tourney

The Webb City speech and debate team competed and judged at the Missouri State University/Gloria Deo Tournament the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

“Check out what our competitive talking Cardinals did,” says coach Tiffany Bolin.

  • 11 out of 13 entries broke to semifinals
  • 5 entries trophied in finals
  • 1 debate quarterfinalist
  • 1 debate semifinalist team
  • 175 sweeps points with only 9 competitors
  • Judged 34 rounds of competition
  • McKenzie Jones-second, point of information, third public forum debate and fifth in duo interpretation
  • Emma Combs-third personal finance debate
  • Charity Goodson-third in duo interpretation
  • Wyatt Wolfe-third in duo interpretation
  • Fin Brown-fourth Lincoln Douglas debate, sixth in dramatic interpretation
  • Lilly Shea-fifth in humorous interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation.


Kindergarten students and parents get involved at pirates

Pirate Treasure Hunt was the theme for the recent Title I Parent Involvement Night at Madge T. James Kindergarten Center.

Title I teacher Tracy Metcalf invited families to dress like pirates along with the faculty and staff. Kindergarten students were given a pirate themed tote bag and a treasure map when they checked in for the event. Families followed the maps to find learning “treasurers” around the building and used them to complete learning activities.

The activities coordinated with kindergarten learning objectives such as identifying letter names and sounds and coin recognition and value. Students could practice coding with Kinderbots or make aluminum foil boats and test their engineering skills at a STEM station. Before they left, families were invited to make a photo memory.

First Baby Bookworms will be Wednesday

10:30 – 11:30 a.m., last Wednesday of the month at Webb City Library

Baby Bookworms, a new program for little learners and their parents will launch Wednesday at the Webb City Public Library.

It is designed by the Friends of the Library to be a hands-on preschool type experience to introduce children to the joys of literacy and the library.

Activities will include read alouds, music and movement, parent-child play stations and time to check out books.

A resource expert on child development topics will be available to answer questions.

Toddlers through preK and their “grown ups” are welcome.

Initially scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month, it may be offered more often if there is demand.

Craft Fair fundraiser for Christmas baskets

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Route 66 Events Center

Crafts for autumn, the holidays and more will be available during the upcoming Holiday Craft Fair.

Central United Methodist Church members are holding the event to help pay for food, clothing and toys they’ll deliver as Christmas baskets in December.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Route 66 Events Center, 21 S. Webb St., Webb City.