PBS to air Missouri bicentennial documentary starting Thursday

Missouri’s 2021 bicentennial anniversary is the newest historical documentary developed in collaboration with Ozarks Public Television and KMOS, the Warrensburg PBS station. 

The two-hour presentation includes a sweeping snapshot of Missouri beginning with her settlement and early territory days and journey to admittance as America’s 24th state on August 10, 1821. The story progresses with the pivotal role Missouri played during the Civil War and continues with representative highlights of her remarkable and unique accomplishments and impact in more recent times. 

Sharing this story will be “Mark Twain” and respected historians, featuring abundant archival images.

The show, presented by Missouri State University, will premiere statewide at 8 p.m. Thursday, with at least three reruns: 12:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Sunday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Ozarks Public Television’s schedule is online.

The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 have gone up during the last week.

Parade in support of Christian Heady

A large parade of vehicles is being organized to show support for young cancer patient Christian Heady.

Josh Lee, of Four-State Ministry Riders, says that as of Tuesday 360 people have indicated they join the parade, which will take off from Webb City High School at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The destination will be Christian’s house in Oronogo. He is the son of Ashley Allen and Doug Heady.


COVID-19 deaths rise this week by 7 in county (182 total), 4 in Joplin (153)

Joplin Health Department’s latest announcement, on Monday, was that the death toll had risen by four to 153. Of the victims, two were women, ages 63 and 71, and two were men, ages 63 and 67.

The Jasper County Health Department announced Wednesday, Aug. 11, that an additional five deaths have brought the county total to 182. Of those dying, two were women in their 60s, and three were men in their 30s, 60s and 80s.

On Monday, the county reported two deaths on Monday, a woman in her 70s, and a man in his 50s.

Some of these deaths may have been included in the 18 deaths reported over the weekend in local hospitals by the Joplin Globe.

At last check, there were 94 patients suffering from COVID-19 in Joplin hospitals.

Single tickets now available for Joplin Little Theatre 2021-22 season

Joplin Little Theatre announces individual tickets for the 2021-22 season are available for purchase. Season Tickets will be available until Oct. 3. 

Individual tickets prices are as follows: Adults–$18.00; Senior Citizens/Students–$15; Children 12 and under–$8.00.

Season Ticket prices are: Adults–$75.00; Senior Citizens/Students–$65.00.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available online at

Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office (417) 623-3638, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

JLT offers Flex-Passes if you do not know which performance you would like to attend. Prices are:

Adult – 5 ticket Flex-Pass–$80.00; Senior Citizen/Student–$70.00

Adult – 3 ticket Flex-Pass–$51.00; Senior Citizen/Student–$42.00

Flex-Passes can only be purchased by calling the box office.

Clue: On Stage, Based on the screenplay by Jonathon Lynn, written by Sandy Rustin with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Sept. 29–Oct. 3, 2021

The classic board game comes to life onstage and all the usual suspects are present. Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, and Mr. Green are all in the mix of a madcap, slapstick evening of murder, mystery and laughs as they seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst the criminals.

Plaid Tidings, by Stuart Ross

Dec. 1–5, 2021

The boys are back in town! Frankie, Jinx, Sparky and Smudge from FOREVER PLAID return to earth for a second time to lend their heavenly harmony to the Christmas season. The guys reprise several songs from the original FOREVER PLAID but now have added many wonderful Christmas standards including “The Christmas Song”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow.”

Driving Miss Daisy, by Alfred Uhry

February 2-6, 2022

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, Driving Miss Daisy chronicles 25 years in the life of Daisy Werthan, a rich Jewish widow and her proud, soft-spoken Black chauffeur, Hoke Coburn in post-war Atlanta. Driving Miss Daisy is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of an unlikely relationship between two seemingly opposite personalities.

Man of La Mancha, by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion

March 23-27, 2022

The classic musical returns to JLT for the first time in over 40 years! Inspired by Cervantes 17th century masterpiece Don Quixote, this powerful, brutal, hilarious and heartbreaking musical celebrates the perseverance of an old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and passions. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream”, “Dulcinea”, “I Really Like Him” and “Little Bird.”

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle

May 18–22, 2022

From the zany minds of Monty Python, Spamalot is a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The musical is an irreverent parody of the King Arthur Legend that only the comic minds of the Monty Python troupe could concoct, complete with dancing girls, Frenchmen, killer rabbits, impromptu knighthood and the search for the Holy Grail!