Jeff Mills, in his new, fourth NAPA Auto Parts store, which in addition to retail, will receive and distribute parts to his other three stores.

New NAPA store opens

It’s a parts hub besides a retail store

The new NAPA Auto Parts store is as large as a grocery store. In fact, the building at 1899 S. Madison Street was built as a Consumers Market.

Part of the reason it’s so large is that it serves as a mega-hub for Jeff Mills three NAPA stores. In addition to his new Webb City store, Mills also owns NAPA stores in Pittsburg, Kan., Joplin and Carthage.

“It’s a new, exciting deal,” says Mills. “NAPA’s in it to win it.”

There is a daily shuttle from Kansas City to the Webb City mega-hub. Orders placed by 11 a.m. are delivered here by 3 p.m.

WCHS Student and Staff of the Month

Jeramiah Cloyd is the Webb City High School Student of the Month for May. He was nominated by Melinda Benham.

Science teacher Kayla Howard is the Staff of the Month. She was nominated by Aliya Atkinson, Tyler Wade, Caiden Johnson and (not pictured Kylee Bard, Teagan Davis, Ashlynn Boyd, and Mrs. Katie Mock (not pictured)

COVID-19 vaccine available for anyone 12 and up – just schedule a drive-up appointment

Freeman Health System is now offering self-scheduling for those needing a COVID-19 vaccination. The drive-thru vaccination site offers the vaccine to anyone ages 12 and up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Sixty first-dose vaccination appointments are offered every other week

“Our staff has become very efficient at the same site doing drive-thru COVID-19 testing,” said Jessica Liberty, Freeman infection prevention and control manager. “This new system allows residents to schedule an appointment when convenient and get the vaccine in the comfort of their own vehicle.”

Those wanting a vaccination can schedule an appointment online at Or they can call (417) 502.SHOT for help scheduling a vaccination appointment.

Carterville Reading Rock Stars

The latest Carterville Elementary School students to reach the highest reading levels are:

(TOP) Hadlie Whisner, Blair Clark, Caden Bell.

(THIRD ROW) Ethan Edgar, Abram Krtek, Sam Mense.

(SECOND ROW) Kyson Crane, Sebastian Hoffman, Winrey Hulen.

(BOTTOM) Madelyn Myers, Axton Schweitzer. (KRISTI COLLINS PHOTO)

Joplin’s Third Thursday Event

Downtown Joplin Alliance welcomes the community to its second Third Thursday event of the season on May 20. 

Mid America RV is sponsoring this month’s event and will be showcasing the best ways to travel this summer on the 400 block. 

Live music will be at the 609 stage with Scott Eastman. 

As a special treat, Heartland Opera will be performing on Carmine’s patio at 6:30, 524 S. Joplin.

There will be a pop up COVID vaccine clinic in front of City Hall. 

Dream Theatre at 124 S, Main St. will be hosting a “Saloon Show” throughout the evening. This short show is come and go and is FREE! 

Over 20 food trucks are expected.

A vintage car show will be in the 200 block

Artisan market, in the 500 block, has lots of new vendors. 

Chaos Brewing, at 112 S. Main, will have a beer garden.

The Downtown Joplin Alliance will continue to encourage masks, particularly in crowded areas, and vendors will be spaced to allow for social distancing. Downtown Joplin Alliance is committed to help keep Joplin and surrounding areas safe as we proceed to return to normal operations post COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lori Haun, executive director of the Downtown Joplin Alliance, states, “This month will be so much fun with live opera, a saloon show, and of course all the great things to eat and drink. We have a great evening planned and hope the community joins us in celebrating all things Joplin!”