Kim Jones receives the Friends of Education Support Staff Award from administrators she’s worked with, Tony Rossetti, Ron Lankford, Brenten Byrd, Kevin Cooper and Trey Moeller.

Stefanie Simpson receives the Friends of Education Community Member Award at Mark Twain Elementary School from  Amanda Taylor and Principal Jan Shelley.


WCCTA honors Kim Jones, Simpson Funeral Home and Webb City Choir Boosters

The Webb City Community Teachers Association recently presented its annual Friends of Education Awards.

Stefanie Simpson, representing Simpson Funeral Home, accepted the community member award. The staff at Mark Twain Elementary School nominated Simpson Funeral Home for the award, although other schools are also supported by the firm.

Kim Jones, assistant to the superintendent and human resources, received the support staff award.

The business member award was presented to the Webb City Choir Boosters.

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Webb City Thursday.

At 8 a.m., the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at First Baptist Church of Webb City. (Deadline to RSVP was May 4.)

The traditional gathering at the Praying Hands will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Limited number of tickets remain for ‘We Are the World’

There will be two performances Saturday, May 8, of “We Are the World,” a celebration of worldwide dance, at the Route 66 Events Center.

Performing will be Pinocchio School of Dance students and Webb City High School show choir members.

Only 40 tickets were left at the beginning of the week. They may be purchased for $10 each at the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Committee and Webb City Choir Boosters.

There will also be a performance on July 9 as part of the Cruise-A-Palooze celebration.

The show is directed by Carolyn McGowan, with vocal instruction by Melinda Benham. 

Choreographers are Zach Pettit, Grant Benham, Andrew McGowan, Symone Hall Wilson, Nicole Corcoran, Cathy Hall, Adara Smith, Blanca Flores and Kristen Stremel.

Pinocchio Dancers: Kaite Aldridge, Aria Alfaro, Adri Ayres, Lucie Bailey, Lourdes Bullard, Ty Cahoon, Vivian Channell, Anna Corcoran, Layla Espinoza, Jayde Heffington, Adalia Hermoso, Kennedy Langford, Reagan Langford, Isabella Lannon, Macon Lannon, Jacklyn Lowery, Violet Lynch, Adelynn Massey, Emmie Mircetic, Reese Miner, Amiah Neher, Jazmine Nelson, Araceli Perez, Carolina Perez, Nathalie Perez, Aubrianna Poroj, Brinley Porter, Claire Slater, Kylie Slinker, Faith Smith, Jadeyn Stark, Kinslee Stevenson, Layla Swoveland, Alayna Walker, Lacey Welch, Sophia Welch, Allyson White, AJ White, Anne Marie Wright, Aranza Zavala, Camila Zavala and Paola Zavala.

Show Choir Dancers: Christian Alberts, Kameron Bennett, Charity Brower, Gavin Burdette, Ty Cahoon, Julia Flack, Lily Clark, Sidney Crane, Maddie Cox, Abbie Daino, Kane Ely, Kyahn Ely, Gabriel Jacob, Natalie Lewis, Sydney Lopez, Aili McFall, Elease McFall, Gavin Phillips, Maggie Renburg, Trinton Shoemaker, Faith Smith and Anne Marie Wright.

Carl Junction Lions Club book signing Monday

A Spring Book Signing Extravaganza, featuring author Izzy B in person, will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 10, at the Carl Junction Community Center.

The Carl Junction Lions Club is sponsoring the event, including a book reading at 7 p.m., refreshments and photos.

Izzy B will be signing his latest book, “A Tighty-Whitie Wind,” which will be available for $12.

Free breast health evaluations at Project Pink

Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, Freeman Health System and Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks are teaming up to bring early detection to moms and others, and those who love them.

Project Pink – Reaching Every Woman makes it possible for uninsured or underinsured individuals to get a breast health evaluation and mammogram screening for free.

The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Wes and Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion, located inside Freeman Women’s Center, 1532 W. 32nd Street.

Nurse practitioner Lori Ramsey will perform examinations during the Project Pink event, which includes a free mammogram screening supported by Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. No registration is required, but participants are asked to bring a photo ID and to wear a mask.

For more information, call (417) 862-3838 or email


Carterville Elementary School Students of the Month

(BOTTOM) Blair Clark, Bree Claborn, Calea Cranford and Jaelyn Payton. (MIDDLE) Haddie Keaton, Brook Stewart, Lexi Loken. (TOP) Gracie Wittenmyer, Levi Foreman, Emma Cservak, Kinsey Mcginn. (KRISTI COLLINS PHOTO)