Champlex for all your red balloon needs (other colors, too)

The Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce staff didn’t have to think too long before accepting Jonathan and Cheyann Meador’s offer to decorate the office with balloons for Paint the Town Red Week. They were rewarded Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting for their business, Champlex, which specializes in event planning as well as balloons. They can be contacted on Facebook.


Cardinal Challenge Days of Giving campaign is raising money for scholarships through Sunday

The Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation is now conducting its Cardinal Challenge Days of Giving campaign.

Money raised will go toward the organization’s general scholarship fund, which awards nearly $20,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded a total exceeding $900,000.

To help out, visit the Cardinal Challenge Days of Giving page.


3 p.m. Saturday at Truman Elementary

The Alba All School Reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in Truman Elementary School’s shelter building.

You didn’t have to graduate from Alba to attend. It will mostly be a time to catch up with old friends.  Chicken Annie’s boxed lunches will be available to purchase for $7.


6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Twin Groves Events

The Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2021 Annual Awards Celebration in a different manner this year.

Instead of a sit-down formal banquet, chamber members and their guests will be encouraged to network during most of the event while the band Big Smitty entertains on stage.

The venue will be different, too. It will be at Twin Groves Events, which was the former Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank restaurant and stable, at 12167 State Highway 43, Webb City. Tickets can be reserved online through Friday.

The awards will be presented throughout the event.


Entrepreneur of the Year

Holly Ansley, owner of Paint Chips & Glitter Boutique

Customer Service

Henkle’s Ace Hardware

The Robert J. Baker Champion Booster

Shane Burns

Business Leader of the Year

Webb City R-7 School District

City of Webb City Employee of the Year

To be announced during the event


K-2 – Ashleigh Hackett, second Grade Harry S Truman

3-4 – Emily Flynn, third grade, Mark Twain

5-6 – Leslie Catterson, special education

7-8 – Amanda Perry, eighth grade writing

9-12 – Melinda Benham, choir/show choir director


2020 – Dr. Gretchen (Leggett) Shull, 1995

2020 – Dr. Chad Boulware, 1995

2021 – Ernest Jesse Palmer, 1890s, a nationally renowned botanist


Anna Beth Trueblood receives a rave review from a Webb City couple who saw her last week in the role of Sophie in the Miami Little Theatre production of “Mamma Mia” at the Coleman Theater in Miami, Okla. Sophie is a sophomore at Webb City High School.

Unfortunately, the show has ended.  (MIAMI LITTLE THEATRE PHOTO)


Aug. 4, 2021

Ann and Bob Foos, of Webb City, announce the birth of their first great-grandchild, Brooks Steven Neece-Harvey.

Brooks weighed in at 7 pounds-15 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches tall when he was born Aug. 4, 2021, in Tulsa. His parents are Ally Neece and Jaden Harvey, of Bixby, Okla.

Grandparents are Sonya Neece and her fiancé Kevin Hill, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Kriste Harvey, Broken Arrow.

Maternal great-grandparents are Ann and Bob Foos, Webb City. And Anne Foos, Joplin, is one of Brooks’ great-greats.

Paternal great-grandparents are Tom and Carol Johnson, Okmulgee, Okla., Steve and Eva Harvey, Eufaula, Okla., and Daryl O’Guin and Deborah O’Guin, Okmulgee. Brooks’ other great-great-grandparents are Bud and Betty Strange, Okmulgee, Lunda and Betty Harvey, Fayetteville, Ark., and Charles and Nannye Talton, Okmulgee.


Hudson Carey, the baby in last week’s five-generation picture, is a boy, of course. The caption has been updated.

Regarding the gender mistake, Hudson’s great-great-grandfather Lloyd Woollen says, “The important thing to us is that we have been blessed to experience having the five living generations.”


by Francis Skalicky

Cpl. Tyler Green may be new to the job of Jasper County Missouri Department of Conservation Agent, but the area he’ll be patrolling is very familiar to him.

Starting Oct. 1, Green will begin his duties as conservation agent for Jasper County. He will work alongside fellow Jasper County Conservation Agent Cpl. Will Carr.

Green’s new MDC assignment is an opportunity for him to come home. The Webb City native is a 2004 graduate of Webb City High School and a 2008 graduate of Missouri Southern State University.

“Jasper County was where I learned to love Missouri’s abundant natural resources, so I’m thrilled to be back here protecting them,” Green said.

In addition to knowing his new county, Green is also familiar with enforcing Missouri’s fish and wildlife regulations. He has nine years of conservation agent experience prior to his current assignment in Jasper County. Green’s previous assignments were in Cedar, Knox, and Buchanan counties. Prior to that, he was also a volunteer in MDC’s Protection Branch.

Both Green and Carr work out of their homes. Green can be reached at (417) 385-8224, and Carr can be reached at (417) 736-5106. 

Game law violations can also be reported to the Operation Game Thief Hotline, (800) 392-1111.


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Wildcat Park

Family-friendly activities are scheduled Saturday to celebrate Earth & Arbor Day at Joplin’s Wildcat Park.

Music by Chester Ellis and the Tumbleweeds will be featured. There will be topic-related demonstrations, hands-on activities and giveaways and food vendors.

Liberty Utilities will give away a 3-gallon tree to the first 500 households who register. Pre-register at


Carterville Elementary students focused during September on being respectful. These students showed they could be respectful by treating others nicely, following the rules, keeping their hands to themselves, speaking calmly and being accountable for their actions.

(FRONT) Brody Fries, Rhemy Phillips, Ava Hunt, Brooklyn Azevedo, Braxton Johnson, Legend Coleman, Kyzer Clark.

(BACK) Landon Cabalero, Ella Simmons, Kendall Southard, Riley Zaccarello., Haleigh Stewart, Isaac Thomsen, Maggie Sparlin and Adleigh Humphrey. (LAUREN THOMPSON PHOTO)


9 a.m. Saturday at Farmers Market pavilion

The Ozark Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held Saturday in King Jack Park.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Webb City Farmers Market pavilion, 106 East Tracy Street, with the Walk beginning at 9:30 am. Plan to walk 1 mile or 2.5 miles around the trail at King Jack Park with other Local groups, churches, and individuals are expected to take part by waking 1 to 2.5 miles on a trail in the park. CROP Hunger Walk t-shirts will be available to purchase.

A quarter of the funds raised support the work of Lion Co-Op and the Joplin Bright Futures snack pack program. Lion Co-Op operates a food and personal hygiene pantry to help Missouri Southern State University.

The remainder of the funds support Church World Service, which works in more than 30 countries worldwide to empower local communities.

Registration will be prior to the walk, and donations will be accepted. Click here to pre-register or make a donation online.

Checks payable to CWS/CROP may be mailed to Central United Methodist Church, 5 S. Pennsylvania, St., Webb City, MO 64870.

For more information about the Ozark Area CROP Hunger Walk, contact Clint or Kim Lambeth at (417) 673-4238 or (417) 850-4238.


In the last week, Jasper County and Joplin health departments have reported a total of seven deaths attributed to COVID-19.

On Sept. 23, Jasper County reported two deaths, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s. Jasper County’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 215.

Joplin reported three deaths on Sept. 24, a 54-year-old woman and two men, 65 and 71. Two deaths, of a 78-year-old man and 82-year-old woman, were reported on Sept. 29. Joplin COVID-19 deaths now total 173.

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