Responsible Carterville Students of the Month

Carterville Elementary School Students of the Month for March learned we can be responsible by – doing the right thing, being accountable, not making excuses, doing what is expected from us, telling the truth, giving respect, thinking before we act, admitting when we are wrong, taking care of school supplies and keeping our promises.

(FRONT) Kenleigh Doyle, Everleigh Doyle, Meredith Hilburn, Lillyan Manning, Nahlia Ringen.

(BACK) Lyric Hazley, Ellie Foreman, Sam Mense, Ava Rhodenbaugh, Traevan Moore and Haddie Keeton.

Association for the Blind spaghetti red fundraiser

Lunch and dinner Thursday, April 7


A Spaghetti Red Feed, with vegetable soup as an alternate, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Joplin Association for the Blind and Low Vision Enhancement Center.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

The center is on Schifferdecker Avenue at Fourth Street.

Carryout will be available. (417) 623-5721 or (417) 623-1968 (fax).

Freeman’s COVID ICU unit is empty


At a Wednesday news conference, Freeman Hospital administrators and critical care nurses gathered in the COVID-19 intensive care unit, also known as the C-Zone, to mark the milestone of zero patients in the unit. Freeman had three COVID-19 care units open during the height of the pandemic, adjusting for the number of patients needing isolation.

 “We celebrate every positive moment,” said chief nursing officer Jeanee’ Kennedy. “That’s how we made it through the pandemic – by finding little moments to celebrate and keep spirits up.”

The C-Zone required up to 10 nurses when at capacity with patients. It was filled with the loud hum of reverse air fans and other equipment that are now silent.

“It’s never been this quiet here,” said ICU charge nurse Alissa Terrapin, who admitted the first COVID-19 patient in March of 2020 and volunteered to work in the C-Zone. “There was always some kind of commotion every day, with multiple patients crashing and doing all we could for them with alarms going off. To now feel a little bit of peace back here is unreal.”

When Terrapin was asked how she felt about reaching the zero mark for the number of patients, her eyes welled with tears as she said, “It is really cool. I think it’s an incredible thing, and it definitely gives us hope that things are going to return to normal.”

Baker said the hospital expects to receive more COVID-19 patients in the future but emphasized that much has been learned in the past two years , and Freeman is very prepared to care for anyone who comes to the hospital for care.

“We are open for all patients, so don’t hesitate to come to the hospital,” said Baker. “We have a safe environment here for you to come, whatever your need is. We’re going to celebrate today with this empty unit and hope that goes on for a very, very long time. I just want to say thank you to all of the staff, who have fought so valiantly for the last two years to flatten that curve and get us back to normalcy.”

Gov. Parson announces the COVID-19 crisis is over in Missouri

In Jefferson City, Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced an end to the COVID-19 crisis in Missouri and that the state will be shifting to an endemic phase of the pandemic on April 1.

Missouri’s approach moving forward will allow state and local health officials to closely monitor community level of COVID-19, determine which variants of SARS-CoV-2 are circulating through the genomic surveillance, and assess disease severity and impact of COVID-19-associated illnesses.

Beginning Friday, the Department of Health and Senior Services will provide weekly dashboard updates that will include 7-day case rate data, activity by region and county, statewide data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, and circulating virus variants. This is a flexible approach allowing accommodation for future surges, should they occur, and require more frequent updates and additional datasets.

More information about vaccines, testing resources, and treatment options along with the updated COVID-19 dashboard and details about this phase of the pandemic can be found by visiting

A booklet with more information regarding the transition to endemic phase can be found by clicking here.

Joplin armory to be named for Robert Wayne Crow Jr.

The Missouri National Guard Joplin Armory will be renamed, in memoriam, as the Sgt. Robert Wayne Crow Jr. Armory. The 203rd Engineer Battalion will host the renaming ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The armory is at 2000 W. 32nd St.

Sgt. Robert Wayne Crow, 42, of Kansas City, was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard. He was a well-respected soldier who served two combat deployments with the 203rd Engineer Battalion. He was assigned to Route Clearance Patrol 48 (Blackjacks) with the 211th Engineer Company (Sapper) with the mission to conduct mobility and counter-mobility operations throughout Regional Command East in Afghanistan. On July 10, 2010, he died in Paktika, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Sgt Crow’s loved ones, former teammates, friends, and the Joplin community will attend the ceremony. By changing the name of the Joplin Armory, the Missouri National Guard pays homage to Sgt. Crow’s service, his strength of character, and his courageous actions in combat.

“It is important to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as Citizen-Soldiers of Missouri. Sgt. Crow is an inspiration to those who served beside him, his family, and community. Renaming this building after this outstanding Soldier is our way of remembering him, which is the solemn promise of a grateful state and nation,” stated Maj. Gen. Levon Cumpton, Adjutant General, Missouri National Guard.