Ice cream and candidates

6 p.m. Tuesday at Carthage Memorial Hall

As the August 2 primary election nears, the Republican Women of Jasper County invite everyone to meet Republican candidates during an ice cream social Tuesday, June 12, at Carthage Memorial Hall.

“We have invited all the statewide and local candidates that will be on the ballot in August,” says Linda Uselmann, president of the organization.

At least 24 candidates have confirmed they will be attending.

The event will begin at 6 p.m., followed by speeches at 6:30 p.m.

Besides the ice cream, there will also be a silent auction and raffle.

Republican Women of Jasper County are affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women. The organization meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the each month at El Palenque, 708 W. Fourth Street, Webb City. 

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Joplin Trails Coalition is making improvements this summer

The Joplin Trails Coalition announces it has received an AARP grant that will pay for a concrete ramp on the Frisco Greenway Trail at Fountain Road in Webb City.

“This will make the trail access and road crossing safer, and it will make the trail more accessible for community members of all ages,” says Bob Herbst, president of the coalition.

Joplin Trails Coalition is one of only four organizations in the state receiving a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant.

Herbst says installing the concrete ramp is one of five improvements the board of directors is trying to get done this year.

Leveling the dip in the Frisco trail by Zora Street is already done.

Others projects on the list are to:

• Place the Robert McDermid memorial bench.

• Resurface 1.2 miles of the Ruby Jack Trail.

• Repair the bridge south of 14th Street and place hand rails on the new bridge.

Resurfacing the 1.2 mile length of the Ruby Jack Trail is expected to be done in August. It will go west from mile marker 11 to Route D in Oronogo.

The Joplin Trails Coalition board had previously applied for a large grant to join the Frisco and Ruby Jack trails but has instead decided to improve the existing trails.

World champion drag racer to be featured in special event at Pittsburg Downtown’s Block22

Two-time NHRA World Champion drag racer Megan Meyer Lingner, a 2015 graduate of Pittsburg State University’s College of Technology, will be back in Pittsburg on July 14 for an event at Block22 in downtown Pittsburg that is free and open to the public.

And, she’s bringing along her new nitro injected dragster. Top speed: 285 miles per hour.

Lingner got her start behind the wheel at age 10 and grew up in the drag racing world. In college, she spent weekends at Mo-Kan Dragway. She went on to become a two-time NHRA World Champion Racer, following in the footsteps of her dad, Randy Meyer.

Having earned a degree in graphic design, she is now using her education and experience to create products, brands, and promotions for the professional racing world, and has partnered with Pittsburg-based Pitsco Education on a paper dragster kit for youth.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m., she’ll park her dragster in the Evergy Courtyard in front of The Pitsco Idea Shop, 402 N. Broadway, before racing in the 60th Anniversary Nitro Chaos at Mo-Kan July 15-16.

Fans of all ages will be able to see, touch, and photograph the dragster, and get autographs from Lingner as well as other professional racers who will be in town for the Mo-Kan event.

Inside the Pitsco Idea Shop, employees will offer opportunities for youth to build fold-n-roll dragsters (paper cars with axels and wheels) and race them.

Food and drink options will be available.

Missouri roadway deaths down slightly for the first half of 2022

Following an especially deadly 2021, Missouri traffic fatalities have dropped 7% compared to this same time last year. Preliminary data shows from Jan. 1 – June 22, 413 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes, down from 445 in the same period in 2021. The July Fourth holiday weekend marks the halfway mark of summer and the halfway point of the 100 deadliest days of summer, which has historically seen the highest number of traffic fatalities.

“These modest gains in numbers over last year are encouraging, but we have a long way to go to achieve our ultimate goal of zero roadway deaths,” said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “We can all work together to use Missouri’s road in a safe manner that protects our own lives and the lives of those around us. Let’s use this summer to drive Missouri toward zero deaths.”

While zero fatalities may seem improbable, several counties in Missouri have seen just that so far this year. Since the beginning of 2022, 35 counties across the state have had zero traffic fatalities. There have also been four separate instances of consecutive days with zero fatalities.

MoDOT is encouraging all Missourians to help reach their destination safely by always doing these four simple actions:

  • Buckle up. 
  • Phone down. 
  • Slow down. 
  • Drive sober. 

Whether driving through a work zone, sharing the road with motorcyclists, or cruising around streets with pedestrians in the area, committing to these safe behaviors will help save lives.

To help make your travel safer, visit MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map and find the most updated travel information, traffic conditions and work zone locations. 

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, provides more information for how all Missourians can do their part to achieve zero traffic fatalities.