Have a spooky Halloween!

1774 Boyer Place in Webb City is a great place to be frightened. There are many Trunk or Treat events. Those we’ve been told about are at: Joplin Little Theatre, 6 – 8 p.m. Friday; Comet Park in Carterville, 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday; and Central United Methodist Church, 5 p.m. Monday.

Two of 17 statewide Missouri Good Neighbor Week awards won by Webb Citians

The first statewide awards for Missouri Good Neighbor Week were announced on Oct. 20, 2022, by the joint sponsors of the campaign: University of Missouri Extension Greene County and The Hopeful Neighborhood Project headquartered in St. Louis.

Missourians from all walks of life celebrated the first Missouri Good Neighbor Week (Sept. 28 to Oct. 4) by doing and reporting neighboring acts and nominating others as the most engaged neighbors in their respective counties.

Anna Sophia Pennock, the 9-year-old daughter of Ben and Stephanie Pennock, won the Best of Missouri Youth Award. She celebrated Missouri Good Neighbor Week in style by coloring the “Start with Hello” National Good Neighbor Day postcards and hand-delivered them to 10 of her neighbors with homegrown tomatoes from her family’s garden and homegrown lavender arrangements in small glass vases.

Kayla Henderson was named one of 11 Most Engaged Neighbors. She was nominated by with the following message from Eric Stephens. 

“Kayla is the best neighbor, cook, and selfless human around. When we bought our house, and we showed up to our house for the first time, she chalked our driveway, welcoming us to the neighborhood. She handed us a picture of every house on the block with the family name. We spent a month remodeling the house; she cooked several meals and brought them down to us! In times of family sickness, she has run store errands for us and made us homemade chicken noodle soup. She has invited our daughter over to play with her kid, so that we could get a house project finished. Kayla has allowed me to clip flowers from her hydrangea bushes so that I could propagate it and add another bush to my yard. She wants to be kind, and she’s nailing it from where I’m sitting across the street!”

Tyler Otto named Mediacom Technician of the Year


Mediacom Communications was recently recognized Tyler Otto, of Webb City, for achieving top performance rankings for outstanding customer service and excellence in network operations. 

Otto received the region’s Technician of the Year award at a ceremony held with corporate leaders. He was one of 120 employees nationwide to earn awards for exemplary service in 2022. He is in his second year as a Mediacom employee and works with a Mount Vernon-based team to install broadband service for residential and business customers in southwest Missouri.

‘The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered’

Nov. 16 – 20 at Joplin Little Theatre

Joplin Little Theatre announces its next production – “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered by Don Zolidis,” directed by Marilyn Bouldin.

The long-running soap opera “The Bold and the Young” is in its last days: its hunky hero has self-esteem issues, its villainous old man is more interested in soup, and its heroines are slightly psychopathic. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: Complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, and other cast members start dropping like flies, it seems like his threat might actually come true. Can these misfits discover the murderer before the show is literally killed off?

Curtain times for the murder mystery/comedy are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 thru Saturday, Nov. 19, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The play will run approximately 100 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

Ticket prices are: $18, adults, and $15 for students and senior citizens.

Individual tickets are available by calling the JLT Box Office at (417) 623-3638 or online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.

Pro Musica presents the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Central Christian Center

Pro Musica will present the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Central Christian Center, 410 S Virginia Ave. This illustrious youth choir, beloved by audiences around the world, is presented as a special ticketed event with $15 general admission.

The Vienna Boys Choir will present their “Together” program in Joplin, featuring music by classical favorites like Mozart and Schubert alongside folk music selections from all around the world.

“Our community is excited to welcome the Vienna Boys Choir back to Joplin after more than 15 years,” says Pro Musica executive director Emlyn Johnson. “Their beautiful voices and moving program speak to audiences of all ages, and this performance is the perfect festive way to usher in the holiday season.”

The November 4 concert is Pro Musica’s single ticketed event of the 2022-23 season. $15 general admission tickets are available online.

Tickets will also be sold when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Visit www.promusicajoplin.org for more information about the show.

Ground broken for large entertainment center in Carthage


There’s a new entertainment center will be going in back of the Lowe’s in Carthage.

Tom and Cindy Garrison, of G3 Family Entertainment, and the Carthage Chamber will hold a ground breaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday for the 36,000 square-foot first phase, which will include a 24-lane bowling alley, mini-golf, ninja tag arena, large indoor playground, conference room and restaurant.

Over the years the Garrison’s saw many family venues close in Carthage with nothing opening back up. “When we were raising our three daughters, we found we had to leave town to do something fun with them,” said Tom Garrison. “We want to change that by adding this to the Carthage community footprint and have a family destination facility that local families will enjoy along with those traveling through the area.”

The projected opening is Fall 2023.