Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled to be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Plans for the Mt. Hope Charlie 22 Outdoors Memorial Day Ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery have been announced.

U.S. Army Col. (retired) Mark Costello will be the guest speaker.

Webb City JROTC will present the colors, and Mayor Lynn Ragsdale will be master of ceremonies.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the open air pavilion near the Veterans Memorial.

“Bring a lawn chair and join us in honoring those who paid the ultimate price for our country,” says Scott Rae Hettinger, executive director of Charlie 22 Outdoors, a veterans support organization based in Webb City.

Nine selected for all-state choir

Choir Director Melinda Benham announces that nine of her choir members have been selected to perform in July at the Missouri Choral Directors Association Conference.

Webb City members of the Missouri All State Show Choir are Gavin Barnes, Sadie Dodson, Fia Frank-Hague, Kendall Murray (2nd alternate), Addy Ragsdale, Averey Terry, Maddox Wood (1st alternate) and Anne Marie Wright.

Brooklyn Nikodim was selected for the freshman/sophomore MCDA Honor Choir.

Devin Keeling elected in Carterville runoff

Voters in Carterville’s 2nd Ward chose Devin Keeling to represent them on the City Council during a special election on Tuesday, April 30.

Keeling defeated incumbent Darlene Taylor 18-15. They were tied at 14-14 on April 2. It was the second year in a row that Carterville had to settle a tie with a special election.

Keeling will join the council at its next meeting on May 14.

Mid-Missouri Bank invites public to May 17 grand opening

Mid-Missouri Bank and Mid-Missouri Insurance will hold a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the new bank, 1421 S. Madison St.

The public is invited to attend and see the new building inside and out, plus enjoy free food, beverages, ice cream and activities.

“We’re all very excited to see this day finally arrive”, said Andy Perigo, MidMo Bank’s Community President in the Webb City and Joplin markets. “This new state-of-the-art building represents just one of the many ways we’re building the community bank of the future in the four-states area today. We invite everyone to come in and have a look.”

“We’re serious when we say we have the best products”, said Jennifer Sparks, Webb City MidMo Bank Manager, “We’re here to help our customers achieve financial success. Having our insurance products and services available to our customers here in this new modern building is just another differentiator that separates us from competition.”

Interfering with animals does more harm than good.

The following Missouri Department of Conservation article was submitted by Gil Turk, conservation agent for Newton County

The spring season brings blooms, sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and a variety of newborn animals. Young wildlife can pull on our heartstrings as they look to be abandoned, but that’s rarely the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation reminds the public that the best place for wildlife is in the wild.

“Young animals are rarely orphaned,” explained MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Sherri Russell. “When we see newborns alone, that means the parents are likely out searching for food and will return.”

A common newborn species we may encounter in the spring is young birds.

“If you see a chick with feathers hopping on the ground, leave it alone because it’s a fledgling and its parents are nearby keeping watch,” Russell urged. “Fledglings can spend up to 10 days on the ground learning to fly. If you find one that has no feathers, it likely fell out of its nest and you can return it to the nesting area if possible.”

Another animal Russell warns against interfering with is young rabbits.

“Rabbits seldom survive in captivity and can actually die of fright from being handled,” she explained.

• MDC MYTHBUSTER: Human scent does not cause wild mothers to reject their young.

“It takes a lot of knowledge to care for and rehabilitate wild animals,” stressed Russell. “It requires special training, permits, and facilities. Not to mention, it’s illegal to possess many wild animals without a valid state or federal permit.”

Russell also cautioned that wildlife can become dangerous as they mature, and can carry disease, parasites, and cause property damage.

“We know people have good intentions, and it can be tempting to take these cute, young animals in our homes, but the best thing we can do for wild animals is to leave them be,” she said.

To learn more about Missouri’s native wildlife, visit the MDC online Field Guide.