Foxberry Cottage Clubhouse remodeled

Webb City and Joplin chambers of commerce held a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently remodeled Foxberry Cottage Clubhouse. Cutting the ribbon are Foxberry Terrace’s Stephanie Miller, executive director, and Diana Wood, operations director.

COVID stepdown wing established at Freeman to better treat rising number of those infected

COVID stepdown wing established at Freeman Hospital

Freeman Health System has created a new transitional unit for COVID-19 patients. 

The COVID-19 Stepdown (CSD) Unit will be used for patients as they transition out of the intensive care unit (ICU), also known as the C-Zone. These patients still require specialized equipment and a high level of oxygen, and they have greater care needs than those in the medical COVID unit.

The CSD Unit is located in a separate area of the hospital and rooms have been adapted for isolation.

Currently, Freeman is seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients with a higher acuity level. These patients can have significant, unpredictable needs and challenging medical conditions. The CSD Unit will ensure the ICU can be utilized for patients with the greatest need for the highest level of care.

Freeman officials say it is important to get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Self-scheduling for both COVID-19 vaccinations and testing are available at

Those without internet access can schedule vaccination or testing appointments by calling (417) 502-SHOT.

Thirty Jasper County residents (not counting Joplin) are currently hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19. Statistics for Joplin are unavailable because the city’s computer network is damaged.

Highway 249 ramps to be closed at night Monday and Tuesday

The Highway 249 bridges are next in line to be repaved as part of the Highway 171 project and will be closed at night Monday and Tuesday, July 26-27.

Those affected ramps will be:

Northbound from MO-249 to Webb City on MO-171.

Eastbound on MO-171 to Joplin on on MO-249.

There will be no marked detours. Motorists are to take alternate routes.

All ramps will be open during daytime hours.

This work is part of a project to resurface approximately 26 miles of Highway 171, along with construction of the roundabout at north of Carl Junction at the intersection with Highway 96.