Turf is now the chosen surface for school playgrounds

Schools need playgrounds that are accessible by all children, even those with disabilities. The Webb City School District had been using rubberized surfaces but has switched to turf. Not only is the texture preferred, when turf wears out only the top layer needs to be replaced, whereas rubberized surfaces have to be dug out in order to replace them. Schools getting new playground surfaces this summer were the middle school, Carterville Elementary and Heritage Preschool.

NEIGHBORHOOD – Sept. 8, 2021

Webb City to observe 9/11 anniversary Saturday at King Jack Park

The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be observed in Webb City Saturday with A Day of Remembrance in King Jack Park and an annual cookout for first responders at the fire station.

A Day of Remembrance will begin at 7 a.m. with a prayer and ceremony remembering those who were lost on that fateful day.

The observance is being organized by the city and Scotty Ray Hettinger.

In the afternoon and evening, the mood will change as first responders and members of the military will be celebrated.

The event will include vendors, a car show, food trucks, live bands and fireworks.

All area emergency services workers are invited to the fire station for the cookout, which is sponsored annually by the Webb City/Carl Junction Rotary.


While everyone is seeking ways to ensure children’s physical, academic, and social development needs are being met, the library continues to provide free, easily-accessible resources to area families. Libraries provide a unique opportunity to serve the community through a blend of physical, digital, in-person, and virtual content. 

Libraries strive to meet the evolving needs of their community. One exciting way the library plans to achieve this is by offering exclusive Video On-Demand programming. The addition of Checkers Library TV provides children with a well-rounded experience that will keep their minds engaged and ready to explore their imaginative possibilities.

Checkers Library TV presents “The Reading Road Trip: Full STEAM Ahead,” a weekly 12-minute television show aimed at providing entertainment for children and illustrating the benefits of reading in a fun and exciting way. Library patrons can find these episodes on our website at http://webbcitylibrary.org/childrenslibrary.html each week.

This fall, Checkers and his vacuum robot sidekick Snoozer head off on a reading road trip where they will explore the vast world of STEAM and visit a new location each week. The 16-episode series will include many unique STEAM concepts such as 3D printing, dinosaurs, autumn beauty, and many more exciting topics that will keep children on the edge of their seats. Along the way, the episodes will feature health tips from Dr. Dan, crafts and activities with Mrs. Hamilton, book recommendations, science experiments, and much more. For more information, follow the Webb City Public Library on Facebook or visit the website, webbcitylibrary.org.


Randy Nace, of Webb City, officially became the Jasper County Coroner Tuesday by appointment of Gov. Mike Parson.

Rob Chappel resigned from the position as of Aug. 1, after more than 12 years in office.

Since then, Nace, the chief deputy coroner, has been filling in for Chappel.

The Jasper County Commission recommended that Parson appoint Nace.

Nace is also the office manger for Simpson Funeral Home, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, he was the manager of Joplin Mortuary Service. He holds an associate of applied science degree in mortuary service.


Brennan Stebbins has been selected as one of seven 2021 NewStart fellows from around the country who will begin the Media Solutions and Innovation master’s degree program through the West Virginia University Reed College of Media.

NewStart and the one-year online master’s degree program were developed last year in collaboration with the West Virginia Press Association to train the next generation of community media owners and publishers.

Stebbins, a freelance reporter and photographer, began his journalism career at the age of 14 with a weekly column in his hometown paper. He’s written for more than a dozen newspapers and magazines since. He served as sports editor of the Carthage Press and Pittsburg Morning Sun and has also written for the Miami News-Record, Vandalia Leader, Webb City Sentinel, West Valley View in Arizona, Ozarks Sports Zone in Missouri and Missouri Life magazine. He has earned regional and national recognition for editorial writing and was named Journalist of the Year by the Missouri College Media Association.

He’s also on the board of directors of the nonprofit Zinc City Sentinel corporation, which publishes this “newspaper,” the Webb City Sentinel and Wise Buyer.


The Webb City Schools Foundation is selling t-shirts to alumni for $15. Click here to order, call (417) 673-6000 or send a message to kfrazier@wcr7.org.

All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit foundation, which provides:

• Staff grants to enhance learning

• Scholarships to WCHS seniors

• Professional development incentives to implement new teaching strategies

• New teacher awards to help set up classrooms


Director Tegan Whited announce the cast for Joplin Little Theatre’s next production, “Clue: On Stage.

Wadsworth–Sam Hydar

Yvette–Ashley Trotnic

Miss Scarlett–Diane Martinous

Mrs. White–Kylee VanHorn

Mrs. Peacock–Lisa Green

Colonel Mustard–Greg Green

Professor Plum–Nick Harms

Mr. Green–Matthey Parrot

Cook/Singing Telegram Girl–Jen Jones

Mr. Boddy/The Motorist/Chief of Police–Shaun Conroy

The Unexpected Cop–Greyson Lamp

The classic board game will come to life onstage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Expect a madcap, slapstick evening of murder, mystery, and laughs as characters seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst the criminals.

Ticket prices are: $18 adults; $15 senior citizens and students; $8 children 12 and under.

Season tickets are available for: $75 adults; $65 senior citizens and students. And there are flex-pass promotions.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available by calling the JLT Box Office at (417) 623-3638 or online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org

Joplin Little Theatre is located at 3009 W. First Street. Office hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


The Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to expect these nearby traffic delays: I-49 – one-lane southbound traffic from Shoal Creek to Exit 30, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. but not nights and weekends through Friday.

I-44 – east-west mixed traffic between mile markers 15.2 and 16.2 round the clock from 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 until 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. Drivers urged to find alternate routes.


– UPDATES: Late Wednesday, Jasper County reported another five deaths (207 total), and Joplin added one death (165 total). The youngest county resident dying was a woman in her 40s. The latest Joplin death was that of a 54-year-old woman.

The Jasper County Health Department announced Tuesday that six more county residents have died from the coronavirus, bringing the total number to 202.

The last announcement from the Joplin Health Department, on Aug. 30, raised the total number of Joplin residents dying from COVID-19 to 164.

The latest county COVID victims were reported to be: three men, one each in their 50s, 60s and 80s; and three women, one each in their 30s, 40s and 60s.

As of Friday, there were 16 students testing positive for COVID-19 in the Webb City R-7 School District, causing 37 students and one staff member to be quarantined. Here’s the latest dashboard from the wcr7.org website.