Sue and Tom Gosch, along with a gift PSU Gorilla, greet friends passing by in a parade of cars.

Happy 60th anniversary

A parade of well-wishers surprise Tom and Sue Gosch for their 60th anniversary

Tom and Sue Gosch, rural Joplin, recently observed their 60th wedding anniversary. 

After being recognized Sunday during the online service at Central United Methodist Church, they were surprised by a drive-by-parade of well-wishers.

Tom and Sue were married Jan. 28, 1961, in Pittsburg, Kan. Sue was from Columbus, Kan., and Tom was from Norwich, Kan. They met at Pittsburg State University. 

Tom was on the Gorillas’ national championship football team in 1961 and coached football for much of his career at Webb City High School. He retired as principal of Webb City Junior High School. 

Sue taught at Eugene Field Elementary and Webb City Junior High School. She retired as principal of Webster Primary Center.

The couple have three sons. Bret Gosch and his wife, Carin, Webb City, and their children, Cade and Krista; Bill Gosch, Joplin, and Lance Gosch and his wife, Kelli, Reeds Spring, and their children, Derrick and Cooper; and two great-grandchildren, Easton and Emma, whose parents are Cade and Dani Gosch.

A monument honoring World War II veterans now sets next to two previously installed monuments at Carterville Cemetery.

Third veterans monument installed at Carterville Cemetery.


A monument honoring World War II veterans was installed Wednesday morning at Carterville Cemetery.

It joins two monuments previously installed to honor veterans of the Civil War and World War I.

Two more bases are available as funds allow to purchase and install monuments for the Korean War and Afghanastan War veterans.

Donations may be made to:

Carterville Cemetery Association

P.O. Box 23

Carterville, MO 65835

Kind Carterville Students of the Month

Carterverville Elementary January Students of the Month were recognized for their kindness, which was defined as sharing with others, looking for ways to help, using nice words, thinking about the way others are feeling and making sure everyone is included. 

From the top left, the students are: Mollie Quezada, Paxton Crane, Ari-Ya Schmitt; Landon Cabalero, Ezekiel Hilbert, Lyla Crihfield; Harper Austin, Alivia Coleman, Ashton Thornsbrough and Tenley Johnson.

Income tax preparation help and e-filing

Volunteers trained by the IRS are now helping low- to medium-income taxpayers prepare and e-file their forms.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is providing the service Thursdays and Saturdays at Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand Ave., Carthage. Clients will stay in their cars because of the pandemic and be asked questions by phone.

To arrange an appointment (but ask no tax questions), call (417) 388-7609.

Tax materials can be dropped off with no appointment.

Free preparation of real estate and rent tax forms

Volunteers will fill out tax forms for real estate tax refunds and rent rebates three days this month.

Necessary documents can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 8, Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the east entrance to the Carthage Nazarene Church, corner of Grand and Fairview.

No appointment is necessary. Masks and social distancing are required.

For information, call (417) 359-5355.

Nick Myers Elected Missouri GOP Chairman

COLUMBIA—The Missouri Republican State Committee today unanimously elected Joplin area CPA Nick Myers as Chairman of the state GOP.

Myers, a long-time grassroots Republican activist and Newton County GOP chairman, has served on the Missouri Republican State Committee since 2008. He will serve a 2-year term as Chairman, leading the party through the 2022 elections.

Since 1983, Myers has been president of Nick Myers CPA PC, with offices in Joplin, Anderson and Webb City. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District, President and Chairman of the Board of the 8,000+ member Missouri Society of CPAs, member of the  American Institute of CPAs Governing Council,  and as an officer of the 2011 Missouri House Apportionment Commission and 2012 Senate Apportionment Commission.