Dream Theatre Troupe members will perform theatrical vignettes at the mausoleums.

Guided tours of Mt. Hope mausoleums set for June 18

Eternal Homes ….from Murphysburg to Mount Hope Cemetery

3 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, preceded by headstone restoration workshop

Have you ever wondered what a mausoleum looks like behind those ornate solid bronze doors on the mausoleums in Mt. Hope Cemetery? Do you want to hear directly from the “spirits” of Joplin and Webb City “influencers” of the early 1900s?

Your chance to do so will Saturday, June 18, at an event put on by Historic Murphysburg Preservation Inc.

Paula Callihan, tour coordinator says, “Murphysburg founders built their houses with extraordinary architectural features, so it’s no wonder they wanted their eternal home to have the same classic design, built by the finest architects in the area.”

Prior to the cemetery tour, there will be a hands-on headstone restoration workshop at 10 a.m. Guests will learn the basics of headstone restoration, maintenance, and safe cleaning practices.

The cemetery tour is from 3 to 8 p.m., with theatrical vignettes performed every 15 minutes at select mausoleums by the Dream Theatre Troupe. There will also be historic reenactors, music, food trucks and more.

Refreshments will be available at the cemetery’s “Founders Circle,” atop Jasper County’s highest natural elevation.

This event is in partnership with the Webb City Historic Preservation Commission, which will highlight significant people interred at Mt. Hope that rapidly advanced the city’s population and prominence in mining, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing. Erin Turner, the director of economic and community development, says, “We will have the Webb City trolley at the event so that guests can ride to each tour spot if they wish to have the full historic experience. Docents will also explain the significance of Alfred H. Rogers’s electric inter-urban railway system that linked the cemetery and Webb City to Galena, Joplin, and surrounding cities.

Tickets can be purchased advance at the Historic Murphysburg website. Advance workshop tickets are $20 per person and $25 at Mount Hope Cemetery tour headquarters on tour day. Advance combination tickets are $35 per person. Advance cemetery tour tickets are $20 per person and $25 at tour headquarters. Well-behaved children under 12 years of age enter for free. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. Pet owners must clean up after their pet.

Additionally, Travis Boyd, Mt. Hope general manager encourages guests to visit the Veterans Memorial of Timeless Honor section on the far north side of the cemetery where all branches of service are represented.

During the monthly JASCO meeting Tuesday, Kima Burnett-Francis (third from left) was presented a 25-year service award by board members and staff.

Kima Burnett-Francis, one of the first dispatchers, honored for 25 years at JASCO

Kima Burnett-Francis was honored Tuesday, June 7, for her 25 years of service to the Jasper County Emergency Services dispatch center.

Kima started her career in 1997 as one of the first dispatchers hired to operate JASCO, which is located south of Carthage.

Her roles have changed over the years. She is currently the quality assurance coordinator. 

Kima is also on several committees for the state, the coordinator for the Tactical Emergency Response Team, and treasurer for the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference. 

“We are so proud to have Kima on our team,” said April Ford, executive director.

Kima resides in Oronogo and represents the 3rd Ward on the Oronogo Board of Aldermen.

Go another way: 96 Hwy. to be closed east of Avilla for months

All lanes of Highway 96 will be closed while the bridge over White Oak Creek east of Avilla is replaced.

Drivers are urged to find alternate routes, such as I-44, and to check the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Travel Information Map for all road closings and traffic impacts.

KCI Constructon Co., St. Louis, has been awarded the $2.4 million contract, which has a Dec. 15, 2022, completion date.

The project is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Kima is also on several committees for the state, the coordinator for the Tactical Emergency Response Team, and treasurer for the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference. 

“We are so proud to have Kima on our team,” said April Ford, executive director.

Kima resides in Oronogo and represents the 3rd Ward on the Oronogo Board of Aldermen.

Cooperative Carterville Students of the Month

Students at Carterville Elementary School during May were focused on being cooperative – following directions, being a team player, being an active listener, compromising, including everyone, giving positive feedback, not competing with others, being patient, taking tours, and being accepting.

Chosen as Students of the Month are: (FRONT) Archer Hulen, Paxton Crane, Luca Germiniani, Asher Barns. (MIDDLE) Madelyn Myers, Halle Yeager, Maverick McGuire, Jaxson Henderson, Seth Lewton, Colton Wiskur. (BACK) Risa Young, Brantley Kyle, Kasin Gilmore, McKenzie Ray, Zaidon Bowman, Zack Gideon and Legacie Delagarza.

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