Mid-Missouri breaks ground for new bank

Jennifer Sparks, manager of Mid-Missouri Bank’s Madison Branch, discusses features the new bank that’s to replace it will have during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at 1421 S. Madison St. Among the dignitaries (to her right) was Brian Riedy, Mid-Missouri Bank president and CEO.

Chambers of commerce join in for the groundbreaking. The temporary building is in the background. 

Jeff Brown addresses the School Board after being presented a plaque to him for being named MCCTA Southwest REgion Sending School Administrator of the Year.

Jeff Brown honored for promoting technical courses

Webb City High School assistant principal Jeff Brown is the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators Southwest Region Sending School Administrator of the Year.

Gage Tiller, director of the Carthage Technical Center, nominated Brown for the award and presented him with a plaque (made by students at the center) Tuesday during the Webb City R-7 School Board meeting.

This award honors high school administrators who advocate for and recognize the importance of career and technical education for students within their schools.

Brown, who was previously been involved with the Franklin Technical Center in Joplin, provides guidance for Webb City students interested in taking technical courses, possibly toward a career.

Lykou Lee

Free on-farm fruit workshop

A free on-farm workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 16, at the Webb City Farmers Market’s Fruit Education Site on the Lykou Lee Farm.

The farm is located in rural Neosho at 15392 Ibex Road.

Patrick Byers with University of Missouri Extension and Angela Brattin will lead hands-on discussions of:

  • Managing strawberries in the high tunnel
  • Planting blueberries
  • Preparing the blackberry rows for winter

The workshop is for both commercial and hobbyist growers, as well as consumers interested in learning how their food is grown. It is part of a series of workshops at the site focused on growing blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and elderberries and is funded through a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant. The workshop will be conducted in English with Hmong translation available.

The workshop is free and open to the public.  While pre-registration is not required, interested persons may do so online. Other information, such as directions to the farm, may be found at that website.

For more information on the workshop or the Fruit Education Site, call or text Angela Brattin at (417) 439-3704.