Hawthorne Road resurfaced

Hawthorne Road blacktop Apparently, the Jasper County Road District has recently resurfaced Hawthorne Road. Ownership of Simpson Funeral Home passes to third generation Austin Simpson, along with his wife, Amanda, have taken ownership of Simpson Funeral Home from Austin’s parents, Hal and Stefanie Simpson, with a sale finalized in August 2022. Austin confirms his commitment

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Move-in day nears at Special Services Center

Moving in Various departments are eager to move in to the new Webb City R-7 Special Services Center. The building, at 1000 N. Main St., has undergone complete renovation since it was purchased from the American Legion. Meanwhile, the maintenance department is busy assembling new chairs, tables and cabinets.  Ministerial Alliance schedules Chosen Road for

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James Jordan to be inducted into the WC R-7 Hall of Fame

James Jordan James Jordan as livestock agent Steve Henden on “Yellowstone.” James Jordan to be inducted into the WC R-7 Hall of Fame Actor James Jordan, a 1997 graduate of Webb City High School, has been selected as the next inductee into the Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame. The School Board approved Jordan’s selection

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Guided historic tour was a hit

The city’s Old Urban Trolley toured downtown Saturday morning as riders learned about historic buildings. Guided historic tour was a hit The Webb City Historical Society’s idea to guide a tour of historic buildings was a well-accepted one. A brief sampling of those who went on the ride said they learned many new facts about

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Downtown history tour adds second trolley trip

A picture of Day’s Market (before the second story was removed after a fire) is among those in the new booklet designed for self-guided tours of Webb City’s downtown buildings. Downtown history tour adds second trolley trip Call for free reservation; tours leave at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Saturday from Central United Methodist Church

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Officials shortage causes need for some football games on Thursdays, Saturdays

Official Josh Farley explains a call to Webb City coach John Roderique during a playoff game. Officials shortage causes need for some football games on Thursdays, Saturdays Along with everything else these days, there’s a shortage of football officials. That’s why Webb City is playing at Carl Junction this Thursday. Josh Farley, the Joplin Football

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Lots being cleared for high school parking

Lots being cleared for high school parking Several homes on North Madison Street across from the high school have been purchased by the Webb City R-7 School District and are being demolished. Plans are to create more parking, which would be especially helpful for those attending events at the Ronald R. Barton Performing Arts Center.

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Back-to-School help wanted

NEW WEBB CITY R-7 TEACHERS (TOP ROW) Marshal Miller, middle school sixth grade; Joe Moore, junior high industrial arts; Brayden Wilson, junior high in-school suspension; Jacob Srigley, high school social studies; David Carter, high school chemistry; Tanner McNutt, high school special education. (FIFTH ROW) Sara Reynolds, high school history; Kayla Henderson, K-12 occupational therapist; Sarah

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New WC CARDS shirts available

Grandstand base extension One of the school district’s summer projects is the addition of concrete on the south end of the grandstand at Cardinal Stadium. New WC CARDS shirts It was announced this week that the new WC CARES for the 2022-23 school year can now be ordered. The new designs are on Gildan 50/50

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Young businessman Alex Martin finds he likes to make people smile

Mr. Freeze Snowcones is small, but its bright paint and lighting  beckon to customers from a highly visible lot. Young businessman Alex Martin finds he likes to make people smile Jenna Atherton takes a rather complicated order as Alex Martin listens to the varied combinations of flavors and candy. Alex Martin is sure of two

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Happy 95th Birthday, Jane Carter

Happy 95th, Jane Carter Jane Carter shared her joy of turning 95 with friends and family Saturday by taking an extended streetcar ride in King Jack Park. She’d planned on treating her young friends to a party at the splash pad and a treasure hunt in her yard on South Oronogo Street, but the party

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Little Leaguers await first game in Midwest Tourney

Facebook photo Little Leaguers await first game in Midwest Tourney The Webb City Little League 12-year-old All Stars have conquered the state and are now in Whitestown, Ind., awaiting their first game in the Midwest Region Tournament. Missouri (Webb City) will play South Dakota (Sioux Falls) at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. You can go

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COOLING  STATIONS

Webb City’s splash pad in King Jack Park is a great place to cool off during record-breaking temperatures. COOLING  STATIONS Other than the splash pad, there are two cooling centers designated by Webb City Emergency Management: Webb City Library – 101 S. Liberty St., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. and 8

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Veterans celebrate opening of their new American Legion and VFW hall

Ann Foos photos Veterans celebrate opening of their new American Legion and VFW hall Veterans have a group picture taken during the community open house reception Sunday at the new American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars building, at 900 N. Main St. At right, commanders Joe Wilson and Don Wooten and adjutant Richard Copeland

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Sean Fitzgibbon’s kickstarted Crescent Hotel book is for sale

Fitzgibbon’s kickstarted Crescent Hotel book is for sale Nine months ago, we were telling you about Sean Fitzgibbon’s Kickstarter campaign to publish a book he’d been researching and painting for years, “What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel.” Now, we can report that everyone who purchased a book during the Kickstarter campaign has received their copy

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Just dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Line

Ily Brown’s ‘Give Me A Treat’ photo honored by Missouri Agriculture   Ily Brown, of rural Webb City, is among the winners in this year’s Missouri Department of Agriculture’s annual photo contest. Her photo, “Give Me a Treat,” was selected for honorable mention in the Children’s Barnyard category. All of this year’s 2022 Focus on

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Zips is open

Grand opening July 24 A community grand opening for the Webb City American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Building will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Paving the parking lot, one of the last things to be done before the grand opening, was done Wednesday. Zips is open The new

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Beefed up Cruise-A-Palooza starts Friday

John Hacker took this photo of the 2019 Cruise-A-Palooza fireworks show.  This year’s display will be at sunset Saturday night. Beefed up Cruise-A-Palooza starts Friday Steak cookoff on Saturday is one of the new attractions added to this annual event The fireworks have silenced, but there will be more as the sun sets Saturday night

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Ice cream and candidates

Ice cream and candidates 6 p.m. Tuesday at Carthage Memorial Hall As the August 2 primary election nears, the Republican Women of Jasper County invite everyone to meet Republican candidates during an ice cream social Tuesday, June 12, at Carthage Memorial Hall. “We have invited all the statewide and local candidates that will be on

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Fireworks sales and blasting legal July 1 – 4 in Webb City

Compliments of Cagle Cartoons Inc. Fireworks sales and blasting legal July 1 – 4 in Webb City The fireworks tents in Webb City can legally begin selling at 9 a.m. Friday, July 1, and have to stop at midnight Monday, July 4. They have to close July 1 – 3 at 11 p.m. Fireworks can

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Eternal homes of Joplin’s rich and famous

Era Stone, in period dress, uses a period air conditioner to beat the heat as she presents information about the Charles R. Prehm mausoleum. Eternal homes of Joplin’s rich and famous Damaris Horn impersonates Ollie Blackwell at the Amsel Taylor Blackwell mausoleum. Historic Murphysburg Preservation provided a wealth of information about some of the area’s

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Bess cried on Cpt. Harry Truman’s shoulder

Cpt. Harry S Truman (Kavan Stull) displays the aluminum-frame glasses he received prior to going overseas during World War I. Bess cried on Cpt. Harry Truman’s shoulder “I’ll never forget how Bess cried on my shoulder,” is one of the memories shared by Kavan Stull Tuesday during his impersonation of Cpt. Harry S Truman. Stull’s

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Guided tours of Mt. Hope mausoleums set for June 18

Dream Theatre Troupe members will perform theatrical vignettes at the mausoleums. Guided tours of Mt. Hope mausoleums set for June 18 Eternal Homes ….from Murphysburg to Mount Hope Cemetery 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, preceded by headstone restoration workshop Have you ever wondered what a mausoleum looks like behind those ornate solid bronze

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Free kids meals start Thursday at the market

Free kids meals start Thursday at the market 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 – 11 a.m. Saturdays The Webb City Farmers Market is serving free kids meals again this summer. Starting Thursday, afternoon meals will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.  And breakfast will be served from 9

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Legion Auxiliary to hand out poppies this weekend

Legion Auxiliary to hand out poppies this weekend Veterans organizations in Webb City will be distributing poppies and flags Memorial Day weekend. Look for American Legion Auxiliary members handing out poppies Friday and Saturday at Atwoods and Junkerville and at the Webb City Farmers Market on Saturday. Donations are accepted to benefit disabled veterans. Legion

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District honors 21 retiring staff members

District honors 21 retiring staff members Retiring staff members of the Webb City R-7 School District were honored during a lunch on Thursday, May 5. Those present were: (SITTING) Rebecca Botts, 15 years, high school English language arts teacher; Jan Shelley, 22 years, Mark Twain Elementary principal; Randall Hayes, 29 years, high school math; Glenda

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State music awards

Choral director Melinda Benham recognizes state show choir members Tuesday during the school board meeting. The students are Fin Brown, Silas Frank, Kyahn Ely, Kane Ely, Lily Clark, Ty Cahoon, Anne Marie Wright, Anna Beth Trueblood, Bailey Moore, Charity Brower and Addy Ragsdale. State music awards Melinda Benham, choral director, and Butch Owens, band director, report the

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Riley Melton’s floor exercise routine wins 4th at regional gymnastics

Riley Melton wins fourth place in floor exercise at the Regional Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. (JILL MELTON PHOTO) Riley Melton’s floor exercise routine wins 4th at regional gymnastics On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Riley Melton competed in the Level 9 – Region IV gymnastics championships, where she finished in fourth place on the floor exercise.

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Fast & Furriest 5k to be held May 14 in King Jack Park

Fast & Furriest 5k to be held May 14 in King Jack Park King Jack Park will be the site of Joplin Humane Society’s second annual Fast & Furriest 5K run at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14. It’s an event for animal lovers and athletes alike. ll experience levels are welcome, including well-socialized dogs on

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Day and Wright picked to attend fine arts academy

Bethanie Day Anne Marie Wright Day and Wright picked to attend fine arts academy Webb City High School sophomores Bethanie Day and Anne Marie Wright were recently selected to attend the Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State University in Springfield this summer. After two years off due to COVID restrictions, the program is back this

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Ella Hensley and Trevor Peterson are going to Scholars Academy

Ella Hensley Trevor Peterson Ella Hensley and Trevor Peterson are going to Scholars Academy Ella Hensley and Trevor Peterson selected to attend Missouri Scholars Academy Webb City High School sophomores Trevor Peterson and Ella Hensley have been selected to participate in the 2022 Missouri Scholars Academy. Selection is based on standardized test scores, essays, teacher

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Neighborhood – Scooter’s Coffee welcomed to town

Scotter’s Coffee staff members had the honor of cutting the ribbon Friday at the new store at 702 S. Madison St. Scooter’s Coffee welcomed to town The Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Friday at the new Scooter’s Coffee store at 702 S. Madison St. Among those attending was Bob Palmer,

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NEIGHBORHOOD – Responsible Carterville Students of the Month

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

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Senior Nutrition Program has been in Webb City for 50 years

Center manager Cheryl Barchak displays the cake before cutting it to share with a dining room full of senior citizens Thursday. Many of them were wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day. Senior Nutrition Program has been in Webb City for 50 years The Webb City Senior Citizens Center celebrated the 50th year of the Senior

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First Presbyterian is 145 years old

145th birthday service 10:45 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church   First Presbyterian Church of Webb City will celebrate its 145th birthday Sunday, March 27. Sunday, March 27, is the same date that the church was organized in 1877 by the Revs. Rex Campbell and W.S. Knight. The current church building, at Broadway and Ball

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Foxberry Terrace’s new memory unit is ready for residents

The new memory care unit at Foxberry Terrace is officially open. Foxberry Terrace’s new memory unit is ready for residents A case of the resident’s memories is at the door of each unit. Stephanie Miller, administrator of Foxberry Terrace, shows off one of the residential units. A ribbon cutting and open house were held Thursday

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Five speech & debate events going to state

READERS THEATRE – (FRONT) Fin Brown, Lilly Shea, Nikki Owens, Grace Dalrymple, McKenzie Jones, Bria Brattin. (BACK) Elijah Smith, Anna Beth Trueblood, Kyahn Ely, Kaeden Tebbets, Lily Clark and Kameron Bennett. (TEAM PHOTOS) (FRONT) Bria Brattin, Lilly Shea, Charity Goodson, McKenzie Jones. (BACK) Fin Brown, Alex Tyndall, Wyatt Wolfe, Evan Garrison and Yaisa Walker, time keeper.

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Show Choir Showcase is this weekend

Show Choir Showcase Friday night and all day Saturday The annual Webb City Show Choir Showcase is set for Friday and Saturday in the Ronald R. Barton Performing Arts Center. Five Webb City groups will perform – not to compete but for judges’ critiques – at these approximate times: • Webb City Euphonics – 6:45

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Survey result: Warm days preferred for play

Derek Snyder plays catch in spring-like weather Monday King Jack Park.  Survey result:  Warm days preferred for play Monday There was no school either day, but playing in the upper 60s is obviously preferable to playing in the teens. Wednesday Members of the No. 10 Army JROTC air rifle team in the nation are Zachary Chronister,

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Kameron Carter wins spelling bee at Carterville Elementary

Kameron Carter wins spelling bee at Carterville Elementary Carterville Elementary School held its annual selection round of the Joplin Globe Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Six fourth grade students competed for the chance to represent Carterville Elementary in the finals on March 18 at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. By spelling “encyclopedia,” Kameron Carter

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All You Need is Love

Neighborhood OPINION We’d love it even more if we had a …  Congratulations to our community leaders who have done so much to sustain, maintain, and grow Webb City! Thank you to business owners who provide everything anyone would need from farm equipment to nuts and bolts, beautiful flowers, delicious food, brand new hotel accommodations,

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Debate and rifle teams had weekends to brag about

Webb City’s speech and debate team displays the Fair Grove Invitational third-place sweepstakes team they won Saturday. Speech and debate brings home 3rd place in sweeps from Fair Grove  The Speech and a Debate Team competed at the Fair Grove Invitational this Saturday and placed 3rd in Sweeps with 13 Finalists and 2 Tournament Champions.

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Welcome to the neighborhood

Welcome to the neighborhood It’s gone now, but there was enough snow last weekend to build snow people on Matthew Circle. New 24-hour help-line program for students and parents almost ready Getting acquainted with the district’s new 24-hour help-line is one of the things did Monday during their professional-development day. Paper is a 24/7 chatline

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Jill needs more room to sell her Deals

Jill needs more room to sell her Deals  Jill Elbert has a hobby of finding deals. The problem is she’s found too many for herself. She started selling her surplus out of her garage a year and a half ago – and ran out of room. On Thursday, the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce

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Jingle Mingle at the Webb City Library

Lakyn Harlen tells Santa they’ve been good and what they want for Christmas. Jingle Mingle Santa, the real one who was here last week for Shop With a Cop and was in the parade, came back to find out what kindergartners in the Webb City R-7 School District what him to bring. That’s just one

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Donated food from kids for Christmas baskets collected

Donated food from kids for Christmas baskets collected Friday was the day all of the donated canned goods from the schools is brought to Emmanuel Baptist Church for sorting and pickup by organizations that will be delivering Christmas baskets. Organizer Jerry Fisher said he’s not sure why, but there are only 60 families who have

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Thousands enjoy Webb City Christmas Parade on a pleasant night

The Cardinal Marching Pride Band was a highlight of the Joy of Christmas parade downtown Wednesday night. Thousands enjoy Webb City Christmas Parade on a pleasant night Junior high students promoted their Nutcracker production. Carterville had an even better evening for its Christmas parade on Saturday, followed by cookies with Santa at the Community Center.

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Shop with a Cop resumes

Santa and his pal, Police Chief Don Melton, cause a stir as they make an entrance Saturday at Walmart for the annual Shop with a Cop event. Shop with a Cop resumes Enough money was raised this year for 88 children to go shopping. A year ago, because of the pandemic, the children still got

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Debate team brings home trophies from two tourneys

Among those competing at the Monett novice tournament were: (FRONT) Bria Brattin. (STANDING) Ren Osburn, Nina Nguyen, Alex Tyndall, Devin Tusinger, Joyce Stapleton and Jordyn Dickey. Debate team brings home trophies from two tourneys The Webb City speech and debate team brought home 14 trophies – including six championship trophies – from two tournaments last

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Natural gas cost on Spire bills to nearly double

Look for the Natural Gas Cost portion of your Spire bill to nearly double. In this case, the charge for 103 CCF would be $81.37 instead of $41.63. Natural gas cost on Spire bills to nearly double Cold February is a big factor Spire natural gas customers should expect higher bills soon to make up

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING from our veterans

VETERANS’ ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER American Legion and VFW members celebrated Thanksgiving early Sunday – as they always do (except last year) – by providing a traditional dinner for free to all Webb City R-7 School District patrons who to accepted the invitation. Beta Sigma Phi members helped again by serving diners – complete with whipped

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Webb City honors its veterans

Jim Latimer Veterans stand as their service songs are played by the band. Johnny Byrd Max Baker and other veterans during the National Anthem. Webb City honors its veterans Stan Newby and Johnny Byrd enjoy driving by the students. They joined the Navy on the buddy plan – and never saw each other again until

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Holiday time is here

HOLIDAY MARKET – Shoppers traveled in packs Saturday during Webb City’s annual Holiday Market downtown. It was so successful you could barely find a parking space. Webb City Theatre presents ‘Freaky Friday: A New Musical’  The Webb City High School Theatre Department is performing Disney’s “Freaky Friday: A New Musical” this weekend in the Ronald

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Students to honor veterans during assembly in Cardinal Dome

A maple tree sticks out on Oakland Street in Webb City. Students to honor veterans during assembly in Cardinal Dome All veterans are invited to attend a Veterans Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. in the Cardinal Dome. The assembly was last held in 2019 because the pandemic caused its cancelation last year. There will be

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Turkey & noodles weekend

TURKEY AND NOODLES WEEKEND Sacred Heart’s 72nd annual Turkey Dinner Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold its 72nd annual turkey dinner, silent auction this weekend. The dinner begins at noon each day and will be available – carry-out only – until 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. It includes turkey, dressing and all the

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Welcome, trick or treaters

The welcome mat is our for trick-or-treaters at First and Roane streets. Neighborhood ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND FUNDRAISER 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 The Joplin Association for the Blind and Low Vision Enhancement Center will hold its annual Chili and Soup Fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 4. There will be no indoor dining, just

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Neighborhood

Neighborhood FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PICNIC All who are interested in the purpose and activities of the Friends of the Library organization are invited to attend a free picnic at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the pavilion area near the splash pad in King Jack Park. The Friends support the Webb City Public Library. 

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Neighborhood-February 3, 2021

Sue and Tom Gosch, along with a gift PSU Gorilla, greet friends passing by in a parade of cars. Happy 60th anniversary A parade of well-wishers surprise Tom and Sue Gosch for their 60th anniversary Tom and Sue Gosch, rural Joplin, recently observed their 60th wedding anniversary.  After being recognized Sunday during the online service

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