Ily Brown’s ‘Give Me A Treat’ photo honored by Missouri Agriculture


Ily Brown, of rural Webb City, is among the winners in this year’s Missouri Department of Agriculture’s annual photo contest.

Her photo, “Give Me a Treat,” was selected for honorable mention in the Children’s Barnyard category. All of this year’s 2022 Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest winning photos may be seen on Missouri Agriculture’s Flicker page.

Ily is following the footsteps of her mom, Holly Brown, who was a big winner in the 2021 contest. Also on their farm besides cattle, horses and pets (including a donkey), on their farm northeast of Webb City are dad Nathan, sister Aubrey and brothers Brody and Rowdy.


Just dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Line

988 is now the national three-digit phone number for all mental health, substance use, and suicide crises. 

How will it work?

When someone calls, chats, or texts 988, they can expect to be connected to a crisis specialist who is trained and prepared to deliver support to anyone experiencing a crisis. Because a crisis is defined by the person or family experiencing it, the crisis specialist will engage with the person to understand and address the person’s unique concerns and needs. The intervention may include assessment, stabilization, referral, and follow-up for individuals at high risk for suicide and/or poor mental health outcomes. If a higher level of care is needed, the crisis specialist will work with the caller and other supports to connect them to a mobile crisis response team to respond to the person in the community.

Freeman Health System’s Ozark Center is one of 200 crisis centers nationwide joining the 988 network.

“Our community members have known for many years that they can call 911 during a crisis for help from first responders or police,” said Debbie Fitzgerald, Ozark Center Director of Crisis Services. “Sometimes these crisis situations involve individuals struggling with behavioral health needs. Now, anyone can call 988 directly from their cell phone to reach a trained crisis specialist at any time. With workforce shortages nationwide and particularly within law enforcement, this will help our community be safer, and provide responses and interventions for those requiring emotional support.”

When to call 988? 

Anyone in need of crisis support for themselves or someone else should call 988.

Carterville to raise money for park with pasta dinner

5 p.m. Tuesday, Carterville Community Center

The Carterville Park Committee is again sponsoring a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser. It will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Carterville Community Center (formerly the Carterville Gym).

Proceeds will be used to construct sidewalks in Comet Park on Route 66 so that its features are accessible to everyone.

‘Moon Over Buffalo’ auditions

2 p.m. Aug. 1-2, Joplin Little Theatre

Auditions for “Moon Over Buffalo,” by Ken Ludwig, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 2, at Joplin Little Theatre. 

Director Ashley Trotnic is looking for a cast of eight adults consisting of: one woman in her 70s; one woman in her 50s-60s; two women in their 20s – 30s; two men in their 50s-60s; and two men in their 20s-30s. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script of the play.

In the madcap comedy tradition of “Lend Me a Tenor,” the hilarious “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

The show will be performed Sept. 14 – 18. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Joplin Little Theatre is located at 3009 W. First St. 

“Moon Over Buffalo” is the fist production of JLT’s 2022-2023 season.

Other shows will be “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered,” Nov. 16 – 20; “Proof,” Jan. 11 – 15; “Leading Ladies,” March 15 – 19, and “Bonnie & Clyde,” May 17 – 21.

Season tickets are available through Aug. 15. Prices are $75 for adults and $65 for students and senior citizens.

Tickets for individual shows will be available beginning Aug. 16.

‘Cannibal! the Musical’

July 28-30, Aug. 4-6 at Dream Theatre Co.

Dream Theatre Co. in Joplin is preparing to stage “Cannibal! the Musical,” by Trey Parker, the co-creator of “South Park,” during two upcoming weekends.

“Cannibal! The Musical” is the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America – Alfred Packer. The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, he tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry as he awaits his execution. And his story goes like this: While searching for gold and love in the Colorado Territory, he and his companions lost their way and resorted to unthinkable horrors, including toe-tapping songs! 

“Cannibal! The Musical” originated as a film, which premiered in 1993. Written by Trey Parker, co-creator of “South Park” and “The Book of Mormon.” This show is for mature audiences. There will be blood splatter. Ponchos are included in the ticket price.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. July 28 – 30 and Aug. 4 – 6 at Studio 124, 124 S. Main St., Joplin. Reservations are $20 and required.