Cutting three chamber ribbons to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Granny Shaffer’s Family Restaurant Friday were founder David Shaffer, daughter Debra Riley (on his right), son Steve Shaffer and daughter Ruth Feldman.  Mike Wiggins, the current operator, is at right.

Granny Shaffer's celebrates 50 years in business

Three chambers of commerce (Webb City, Joplin and Carl Junction) came together Friday to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Granny Shaffer’s Family Restaurant.

The late Karen Shaffer and her husband, David, started their business when they bought a Dog ’N Suds drive-in on Madison Street in Webb City. They converted it to a Tastee Freez and later enclosed the area under the awning to become more of a restaurant.

The name was changed in 1983 to Granny Shaffer’s as the menu became more diverse and they served breakfast.

The current location, at 2728 N. Range Line Road, is a meeting place for many. Specialties include breakfast, pies, homestyle meals, catfish and coffee roasted by Mike Wiggins, a lifelong friend of the family, who is now in charge of the restaurant.


David Shaffer said the celebration would have been better if Granny, his wife Karen, were here. She passed away in 2005.

Spectators welcome Saturday at Sky Kings airfield

Remote control pilots from the region are expected to come to Webb City Saturday for the Sky Kings R/C Club’s Summer Fun-Fly and Swap Meet.

Spectators are welcome and admitted for free. The flying will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until sunset. Hats and lawn chairs are recommended. Lunch will be available for purchase.

The Sky Kings airfield is north of Sharon Drive in Webb City but on the west edge of Carterville. A current Academy of Model Aeronautics card is required to fly. Sky Kings is an AMA Gold Leader Club.

For more information, contact Thane Snider, club president, at (417) 699-3076,; or Mike DeWitt, vice president, at (417) 388-3673,