Neighborhood – March 31, 2021

80th birthday party for Pat Snyder

Friends and relatives will celebrate the 80th birthday of Patricia (Hawkins) Snyder, of Webb City, with cake and flowers on Easter Sunday at 3310 Tana St. (Silver Creek), Joplin.

Pat was born March 11, 1941, in Webb City. She attended Webster Elementary School and Webb City High School. If you know Pat or her family (formerly from Hall Street) you’re invited to attend and wish her well. No gifts, please, but shared memories will be welcome.

Evan Garrison

MacKenna Kelly

MacKenna Kelly and Evan Garrison selected to attend Missouri Scholars Academy

Webb City High School sophomores MacKenna Kelly and Evan Garrison have been selected to attend the prestigious Missouri Scholars Academy.

The academy, now in its 36th year and sponsored by the University of Missouri-Columbia, hosts the brightest students in the state for enriching studies and experiences. 

Students are selected based upon standardized test scores, essays, references, and grade point averages. Because of ongoing COVID-19 precautions, this year’s academy is planned to be held virtually in June.

Zion Wood, a junior, has been selected at the Webb City High School Student of the Month for March. He was nominated by Logan Walker and Nikki Owens.  (KRISTA PEAK PHOTOS)

Student/Staff of the Month

The March Staff of the Month is Stefany Kelley, a communication arts teacher. She was nominated by Katie Mock, Bailey Russell, Kassidy Perkins and Raegen Liberatore.

Choral student state
and MSHSAA honors

Webb City High School choral director Melinda Benham announces that two of her students have been selected for the All-State Honor Choir and others have received high ratings in the recent MSHSAA Solos and Ensembles Festival.

Bailey Moore has been selected for All-State Honor Choir as an alto, and Sydney Lopez is a first alternate soprano.

Juniors and seniors selected for all-district choir had the opportunity to audition for all-state. In normal years, Moore and Lopez would have performed with qualifiers across the state at the Missouri Music Educators Association convention. Unfortunately, that was canceled again this year.

Students participating in the MSHSAA festival performed two songs for a judge. Benham says normally “we would travel to Missouri Southern State University for a live performance in front of an adjudicator, but due to COVID, their recordings were sent through an app that was accessed by an adjudicator. The process took about two weeks. Any other year, the students would have their ratings before we left campus.

“Also, this would have been in two stages, with the performance at MSSU being considered a district festival, and students who achieved a gold rating would advance to state and travel to the University of Missouri campus in Columbia to sing their selections for a second time in front of a different adjudicator. This year, again due to COVID, the two-step process was eliminated and all of the scores are state level rankings. Not all schools in the state of Missouri are in-person, as we have been, so this process helped level the playing field for all students..

MSHSAA Solos & Ensemble ratings:

Lily Clark    gold

Gabriel Jacob  – gold

Bailey Moore – gold

Charity Brower – silver

Ty Cahoon – silver

Ella Clark – silver

Josie Clark – silver

Samara McKowen – silver

Sierra Newkirk – silver

Asia Young – silver

SSA trio (soprano 1, soprano 2, alto): Lily McCaw, Jacie Crouch and Anne Marie Wright – silver

SATB quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, base): Anastasia Young, Lily Clark, Gabe Jacob and Gavin Phillips – silver

TTBB quartet (tenor 1, tenor 2, bass 1, bass 2) Quartet: Silas Frank, Gabe Jacob, Gavin Burdette and Gavin Phillips – silver

Bethany Brumit – bronze

Sidney Crane – bronze

Clay Dennis – bronze

SSAA quartet (soprano 1, soprano 2, alto 1, alto 2): Julia Flack, Myah Njoroge, Elease McFall and Aili McFall – bronze

SWEET NOTES – April 24

The Webb City Choir Boosters announce that they have picked April 24 as the date for Sweet Notes. The popular event, featuring desserts with sweet singing, is held in the high school commons. Details later.

Sky Kings R/C Club
Fun-Fly & Swap Meet

The Sky Kings Remote Control Club will hold its first fun-fly and swap meet of the season from 9 a.m. to sunset Saturday, April 10.

It will be held at the club’s new airfield. Directions: take East Street north to Sharon Drive, turn east toward Carterville, turn north just before you get to the lift station. It’s on property owned by Webb City.

An Academy of Model Aeronautics card is required to fly.

Spectators are welcome and not charged admission. Bring lawn chairs and don’t forget your hat. For more information, contact the president, Charles Sharp, (417) 592-3867,


Sunrise Park article revives hope for a city pool

I loved Jeanne’s article this week (March 24) about Sunrise Park, although I think we always fondly called it White Cross Park.

Nevertheless, it brought back wonderful memories!  I, too, remember the days of the sunrise services along with the Ninth Hole of the golf course!  

Oh, those were the days!  Dad would play golf at our beautiful WC golf course and then join Mom and the kids up the hill at the WC pool!  

I think the official population of Webb City was probably about 5,000 then. Could it be when we see the results of the recent census, we will realize we are a community large enough to once again support a swimming pool and a golf course?  My fingers are crossed!

Susie Crutcher
Webb City

Senior Center
reopening details

When the Webb City Senior Citizens Center does a soft reopening the first week in May, lunches will initially only be served Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

RSVPs the day before will be required, says Cheryl Barchak, manager, to give the staff an idea of how much food to prepare.

RSVPs will also be required for bingo sessions prior to the Tuesday-Thursday meals.

The exercise class will resume on Wednesdays, from 10 to 11 a.m. Again, RSVPs the day before will be required.

The RSVP phone number is (417) 673-1876.


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