Ann and Bob Foos

Ann and Bob Foos, 1971 and 2021.



Ann and Bob Foos, of Webb City, will observe their 50th anniversary Saturday, January 16.

Bob and the former Ann Suzuki were married January 16, 1971, in Emporia, Kansas, where they had met as freshmen at Emporia State University. It was know as Kansas State Teachers College at the time, which partly explains why Ann came to the mainland from her home in Kapaa, Hawaii. Bob’s hometown is Healy, Kansas.

They moved to Wichita, Kansas, on their weekend honeymoon and graduated from Wichita State University. Ann is retired from teaching from teaching first grade for the Webb City R-7 School District. Bob officially retired recently as editor of the Webb City Sentinel.

The couple have two children, Sonya Neece, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Jake Foos and his fiancee, Starr Conley, Olathe, Kan.; and two grandchildren, Julia Neece, Edmond, Okla., and Ally Neece, Broken Arrow.

A message on the portable sign on Madison Street, placed by the couple’s friend, Vicki Groff, will be the extent of the anniversary celebration.



The The Joplin Health Department recently reports that the coronavirus was a significant condition contributing to the death of four more Joplin residents.

Ther have now been 100 Joplin residents who have died because of COVID-19.

You can see more details about the effect of the pandemic in Joplin at

The Jasper County Health Department reports its pandemic statistics separately at this website.



The City of Joplin and Jasper County Health Departments announce a free community COVID-19 testing site will be offered on Friday, January 22, at Access Family Care, 530 S. Maiden Lane, in Joplin.

Testing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on at Access Family Care location, 530 S. Maiden Lane.

Missouri residency is the only requirement. Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested with an anterior nasal swab to determine if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at no cost to the individual.

Register to have a test done by going to For assistance, call (919) 351-6256.


Members of Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority met Tuesday, December 15, at Palenque Mexican Restaurant in Webb City. Hostesses for the evening were Janis Jackson, Penny Hoenshell, Carolyn Clark and Mary Olson.

The meeting was conducted by Tina Wilson, president, with 17 members present. The altruistic project for December was to address Christmas cards for residents of the Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center. The program was a gift exchange among members.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19. Hostesses will be Nikki Tappana and Julie Vandine, who work at the Lions Cub Academy at Missouri Southern State University. Members are asked to bring items for the preschool children.