A picture of Day’s Market (before the second story was removed after a fire) is among those in the new booklet designed for self-guided tours of Webb City’s downtown buildings.

Downtown history tour adds second trolley trip

Call for free reservation; tours leave at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Saturday from Central United Methodist Church lot


A new free booklet featuring the historical buildings in downtown Webb City will debut Saturday on a street trolley tour hosted by the Webb City Historical Society.

Only one trolley tour was originally scheduled, but a second tour has been added because the number of reservations has exceeded expectations.

The first tour will leave at 10 a.m. Saturday from the parking lot at Central United Methodist Church, 5 S. Pennsylvania St.

The second tour will leave from the same place at 11:15 a.m.

To make a reservation (they’re free), contact Eileen Nichols by phone or text at (417) 483-8139.

Erin Turner will narrate the tour, with Marti Pittman serving as host historian.

Tour riders will each receive a copy of the Downtown Webb City booklet, which was written by well-known local historian Jeanne Newby, with assistance from Pitman and Barbra Robins Mason. It was designed by Rebecca Perry.

Anyone will be able to pick up a booklet for free at the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce or Webb City Public Library. In fact, the booklet is designed to be used for self-guided walking tours.

The booklet was made possible by a $775 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council to the Webb City Historical Society. The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call (314) 781-9660 or (800) 357-0909 or write to: MHC, 415 S 18th Street, Suite 100, St Louis, MO 63103-2269.

Music ‘Made in Missouri’

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Webb City Public Library

Here’s another Saturday event with an historic twist happening in Webb City. 

“Made in Missouri” is an upbeat program of music and history that looks at some of the state’s best composers of ragtime and early blues, while exploring some of the conditions that brought this music to life.

It will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Webb City Public Library, at 101 S. Liberty St.

The presenters are Isaac Cherry on percussion and Jerry Rabushka on piano. Based in St. Louis, the duo are also part of the larger Ragged Blade Band, and have performed at festivals throughout the state and region, including the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. In 2021 they took their music history shows on a virtual world tour.

When ragtime music was sweeping America in the early 20th century, Missouri was at the forefront. Classic ragtime, largely developed by Scott Joplin, came out of Sedalia. At age 17, ragtime composer James Scott had one of his first gigs in nearby Lakeside Park.

“Made in Missouri” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Webb City Public Library at (417) 673-4326.

Auditions for ‘The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered’

7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27 at Joplin Little Theatre

Auditions for The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered by Don Zolidis will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27, at Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. The production will be directed by Marilyn Bouldin.

The director is looking for a cast of 13, consisting of: one male age 50-60; one male age 40’s; two males age 25 – 35; two females age 20-30; one female age 45-55; one female age 60’s; one male or female age 40’s; one male or female age 30’s; and three male or female age 17 – 25.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script of the play.

The long-running soap opera The Bold and the Young is in its last days: its hunky hero has self-esteem issues, its villainous old man is more interested in soup, and its heroines are slightly psychopathic. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: Complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, and other cast members start dropping like flies, it seems like his threat might actually come true. Can these misfits discover the murderer before the show is literally killed off?

Performance dates are Nov. 16 – 20. For more information, call (417) 623-3638.

MoDOT seeks maintenance equipment operators

Starting at $17.55 per hour, with bonus during winter emergency operations

Hot Missouri summers eventually give way to cold Missouri winters. When the snow starts falling, travelers in the Show-Me State depend on the Missouri Department of Transportation to keep the highways cleared. MoDOT, in turn, relies on a dedicated team of Winter Weather Warriors who can take on whatever the season delivers to keep Missouri moving.

Right now, MoDOT has several full-time maintenance and emergency maintenance equipment operator positions open throughout the state. Salaries start at $17.55 per hour, depending on level of experience and area of operation. This position is also eligible for an additional $3 to $6 per hour when working winter/emergency operations activities.

“It’s not just a winter job,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT’s maintenance director. “Opportunities for year-round employment include mowing, striping and other maintenance functions to keep Missouri roads safe for all who travel on them.”

Full-time maintenance employment requirements:

  • 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Passing grade on the written portion of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam prior to hire date.
  • Passing grade on the driving portion of the CDL exam with tanker endorsement, no air brake restrictions (Class B), within 60 days after being hired.
  • Successful completion of a work simulation examination and a medical-physical examination.
  • Pre-employment drug test and criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment).

Emergency Maintenance Equipment Operator requirements:

  • 18 years old.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A or B with no air brake restrictions.
  • Pre-employment drug test and criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment). 

Full-time maintenance employees receive full training and a long list of other benefits including retirement, paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development.

 “This is a great opportunity to start a new career with MoDOT,” Roark said. “We’re looking for service-oriented professionals who are interested in a career where they can make a difference in the lives everyone who travels in our state,”

To learn more about this opportunity, or to apply online, go to www.modot.org/careers

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