Class of ’22, largest  WCHS class ever, praised for perseverance

Graduates come down single file from Cardinal Dome to Cardinal Stadium , led by Baylor Dickinson (center of right photo). Austin Winnett (at right) spots his fans in the crowd. Class of ’22, largest  WCHS class ever, praised for perseverance Natalie Lewis is one of 310 graduates receiving a diploma. The largest Webb City High

Civil War raid near Carthage as seen through the eyes of a young participant

Civil War raid near Carthage as seen through the eyes of a young participant As Carthage and Civil War reenactors prepare for events this weekend to observe the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Carthage, the Webb City Area Genealogical Society provides the following historical newspaper article. Details about the reenactment and related festivities can

City celebrates pinning of five police officers

Patrol Officer Johnathan Berg is pinned by his daughter, Addysen. City celebrates pinning of five police officers Webb City Police Department honored three sergeants and two patrol officers Monday with a pinning ceremony during the Webb City Council meeting and a reception at the police station. Those pinned were: Patrol Officer Johnathan Berg A 2010

Large water tower to be cleaned without the need to drain it

Large water tower to be cleaned without the need to drain it It’s time to inspect and clean the inside of Webb City’s large water tower, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Rick Roth, street and water director, told Webb City Council members Monday that the cleaning and inspection can be done without

$2.7 M bid accepted for Oronogo’s sewer improvement project

$2.7 M bid accepted for Oronogo’s sewer improvement project The wait for construction of Oronogo’s major sewer improvement project to begin is nearly over. On Monday, the Oronogo Board of Aldermen voted unanimously for Mayor Charles Wilkins to sign the notice of award for the contract with G & G Construction, of Carthage, pending approval

Citywide Garage Sale Weekend

Click above to see the locations of 61 sales advertised below. Citywide Garage sale weekend Citywide garage sales are May 5, 6 and 7, 2022, in Webb City, Carterville and Oronogo.  See below the list of  Wise Buyer ads placed by sellers. The sales will also be on the Sentinel’s annual 2022 Garage Sale Map.

Cleanup week follows garage sale week

Cleanup week follows garage sale week Curbside pickup Tuesday thru Friday, drop-off on Saturday When is the annual Webb City’s Citywide Cleanup? It’s in two phases the week after the citywide garage sale:  CURBSIDE from Tuesday, May 9, to Friday, May 13. DROP-OFF SITE on Saturday, May 14. • How do I participate? On your

Life saving police officers Bickett and Fohey honored 

Officers Alex Bickett and Austin Fohey display the life saving awards they received Monday during the City Council meeting from Officer Travis Osterman. Life saving police officers Bickett and Fohey honored  Webb City Police officers Alex Bickett and Austin Fohey each received three life saving awards Monday for rescuing a woman whose house was ablaze

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Audit confirms Webb City’s financial status has improved The Webb City Council received the “clean audit – the best possible” Monday from Jon Cummings, of KPM CPAs and Advisors. Better yet, Cummings reported that “overall, you have revenue going up and expenses going down.” According to the audit of the 2021 fiscal year (ending Oct.

Watch your speed on Ivy Road in Oronogo

Watch your speed on Ivy Road in Oronogo Speed limit enforcement has been stepped up on Ivy Road in Oronogo based on results of a new sign equipped with radar that records speeds. Police Chief Steven Weaver told the Board of Aldermen Monday that over 800 vehicles were counted during one week by the sign.

An old manufacturing building is now part of e-commerce

Kyle Babbitt displays one of the cycling items that is shipped out of a warehouse in Webb City. An old manufacturing building is now part of e-commerce Clothing for cyclists is now stored and shipped out of the south half of the old Elder shirt factory at 107 W. Second Street. The north side of

Lots remain industrial as R-2 zoning request is denied by P&Z

Joe Beard wants to build houses of some sort where Second Street ends at the back of Atwoods. Lots remain industrial as R-2 zoning request is denied by P&Z The future use of two lots behind Atwoods at 401 East Second St. is still in limbo. On Monday, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously

First bingo night in new veterans building set for Saturday

Cowin Construction employees on Tuesday complete installation of a copper cupola above the entrance to the new American Legion and VFW Hall. First bingo night in new veterans building set for Saturday The installation of a copper cupola atop the entrance to the new American Legion and VFW hall in Webb City Tuesday is an

Raging storm water damages low bridge

The rush of water over this bridge on West Seventh Street after midnight Sunday night must have been strong to dislodge the asphalt deck. Raging storm water damages low bridge The worst of the damage caused by heavy rains after midnight Sunday night in Webb City was at a bridge on West Seventh Street between

Three Webb City firefighters promoted

Battalion Chief Jeremy Denton. Captain Gary Davis. Driver/engineer Doug Moore. Three Webb City firefighters promoted Webb City Fire Chief Andrew Roughton promoted three of the department’s firefighters Monday at the start of the City Council meeting at City Hall. Jeremy Denton was promoted from captain to battalion chief, succeeding Mark Metsker, who recently retired. Denton

Lynn Ragsdale elected to another 4-year term as mayor

Elected officials repeating the oath office as read by Webb City Clerk Kim Demoss Monday were Mayor Lynn Ragsdale, Jim Dawson (4th Ward), Jerry Fisher (3rd Ward), Alisa Barroeta (2nd Ward), and Ray Edwards (1st Ward). Lynn Ragsdale elected to another 4-year term as mayor Webb City Mayor Lynn Ragsdale began a new four-year term

Charles Wilkins begins new term as mayor of Oronogo

Repeating the oath Monday at Oronogo City Hall were Matt Kroutil (2nd Ward), Mark Lloyd (1st Ward), Mayor Charles Wilkins, and Kim Francis (3rd Ward). Charles Wilkins begins new term as mayor of Oronogo Oronogo Mayor Charles Wilkins and three aldermen were sworn in Monday by City Clerk Cyndi Jennings. One of the aldermen, Matt

Sentinel to publish annual citywide garage sale map

Sentinel to publish annual citywide garage sale map May 5,6,7, 2022, in Webb City, Carterville and Oronogo • Place your Wise Buyer ad online Ad required to be on the map Even when the Sentinel and Wise Buyer were still in print, we were publishing an online map of citywide garage sales. Ads for this

Batallion Chief Mark Metsker retires after 41 years with the city

Mark Metsker receives congratulations during his retirement party Thursday at the Webb City Fire Department. Batallion Chief Mark Metsker retires after 41 years with the city Webb City Fire Department held a surprise retirement party Thursday for Battalion Chief Mark Metsker. Metsker began his first-responder career as an emergency medical technician. In fact, he was

Big yes vote (76%) for R-7 School bond issue

Big yes vote (76%) for R-7 School bond issue Voters in the Webb City R-7 School District gave a big thumbs up Tuesday to the School Board’s $11 million bond issue proposal. The issue passes by a vote of 1,116-352 in Jasper County, which is a 76% majority. The bond issue will primarily be used

School Board asks voters to approve $11 million plan for high school addition

This is one of the concepts showing how the addition would connect the main building to the swim center with an enclosed corridor. School Board asks voters to approve $11 million plan for high school addition Science lab Family and consumer science lab Voters in the Webb City R-7 School District on April 5 will

Contested seats highlight election Tuesday

Contested seats highlight election Tuesday Tuesday, April 5, is election day. The main thing to be decided is the question of whether the Webb City R-7 School Board can proceed with its plan to issue $11 million in bonds to pay for expansion and renovation projects at the high school.  The board can issue the

City buys billboard to draw Hwy 249 traffic

This is the design for the billboard that will advertise Webb City for at least three months on Highway 249. City buys billboard to draw Hwy 249 traffic A large billboard will soon be letting northbound travelers on Highway 249 know that Webb City is just ahead. The Webb City Council on Monday unanimously approved

Oronogo sewer project to go out for contractor bids next month 

Oronogo sewer project to go out for contractor bids next month  Engineering plans for Oronogo’s major sewer improvement project are ready to go out to contractors and are expected to be opened at the May 9 meeting of the Board of Aldermen. Mayor Charles Wilkins announced the progress Monday. This is the second time contractors

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

It’s official: Flat Creek to break ground in April

The entrance to the Webb City’s Flat Creek will be similar to the one above in Republic. (PRESS RELEASE PHOTOS) It’s official: Flat Creek to break ground in April Estimated 100 employees to start serving sometime next winter Here’s the straight press release, which was embargoed until Saturday, March 26. City Administrator Carl Francis reports

Backup water supply is being drilled for Carterville

The site of Carterville’s new water well is right by Highway 171, which splits the city. Participating in the groundbreaking today are public works employees, City Administrator Will Cline, Council member Chris Henkle, Mayor Alan Griffin and representatives of Harper Drilling and Anderson Engineering. Backup water supply is being drilled for Carterville Carterville officially broke

Reeder honored prior to retirement in May

Tom Reeder, center, receives resolutions from Sen. Bill White and Rep. Bob Bromley Monday during the Webb City Council meeting. Reeder only has another month to go before retiring as director of parks and recreation. Reeder honored prior to retirement in May A plaque presentation to Tom Reeder for his years of service as parks

Oronogo gets closer to sewer upgrade with  final easement signed

Oronogo gets closer to sewer upgrade with  final easement signed Oronogo Mayor Charles Wilkins announced at the Board of Aldermen meeting Monday that the final easement necessary to proceed with of the long-awaited sewer system upgrade has been obtained. The project has been re-engineered and rerouted since the original design resulted in bids deemed too

Up to 120 beds per day are shipping out of new mattress factory

Brian Croft, president of Foreverbed, shows off  the Luna & Sol line of beds now made at the firm’s new factory in Webb City. Up to 120 beds per day are shipping out of new mattress factory Location and city attitude credited for why Webb City was selected when Foreverbed had to move The new

Two officers pull woman through window to escape fire

Sgt. Alex Bickett Officer Austin Fohey (POLICE CHIEF DON MELTON PHOTOS) Two officers pull woman through window to escape fire Already recovering from surgery, Krista Stark is now in ICU being treated for smoke inhalation On Monday, the day after her Webb City home burned, Krista Stark was recovering from smoke inhalation in the intensive

WCA becomes GFL : Trash complaints? Call City Hall

The florescent-green tops of the GFL dumpsters stick out on trash day. WCA becomes GFL You may have wondered, “What’s the deal with the new dumpsters with the florescent-green tops?” that are popping up around Webb City. The answer is that WCA has been purchased by GFL. City Administrator Carl Francis says the change doesn’t

Home builder given time to consider options before rezoning

Home builder given time to consider options before rezoning North (left) of this corner, at 401 E. Second St., builder Joe Beard is trying to meet requirements to build two houses. The property, behind Atwoods, is currently zoned industrial. A rezoning bill on the Webb City Council’s agenda Monday was delayed to give the home

Oronogo rezones additional property for SMB’s new branch bank

Oronogo rezones additional property for SMB’s new branch bank It’s apparent that Southwest Missouri Bank is getting closer to proceeding with its new branch at Highway 96 and Route D in Oronogo. Craig Tankersley, president of SMB, was present Monday when the Oronogo Board of Aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance rezoning additional property from residential

Rezoning of ‘little house’ behind the Civic goes to Council

Rezoning of ‘little house’ behind the Civic goes to Council The Webb City Planning and Zoning Commission voted to advance a request by Neil VanLue rezone a house in back of the Civic Theater building on West Daugherty Street from commercial to residential. The theater portion of the Civic, where the seats and screen were,

Rezoning behind Atwoods sought two build to houses

The lot in the background, at 401 E. Second St., is likely being rezoned from industrial to residential. Rezoning behind Atwoods sought to build two houses A lot behind Atwoods at the dead end of East Second Street is in the process of being rezoned from industrial to residential. The Webb City Council on Monday

Oronogo home builder warned not to switch subcontractors

Oronogo home builder warned not to switch subcontractors Oronogo is taking a stand against home builders who change subcontractors after their building permit is issued. Mayor Charles Wilkins announced during the Board of Aldermen meeting Monday that the building permit for Allied Home Construction to build a house at 1076 Alexsandra Circle (Northtown Village area)

Proposed constitutional amendment could reverse Medicaid expansion

Rep. Cody Smith. (MISSOURI INDEPENDENT PHOTO) Proposed constitutional amendment could reverse Medicaid expansion Danielle Duclos – Missouri News Network JEFFERSON CITY — A proposed constitutional amendment has the potential to gut Missouri’s Medicaid expansion, reversing what was passed by voters in 2020 and bringing back the legislative control that conservative Republicans want. Introduced by House Budget

It’s not a good forecast when they take down the large flag

It’s not a good forecast when they take down the large flag You can look at Webb City’s giant flag pole in front of the Praying Hands monument to boost your patriotism or tell you the weather’s bad – or is going to get that way. The 20-foot by 35-foot flag is somewhat fragile when

Graffiti converted to a pop of color for the farmers market

John Littlefield and his son are pretty proud of how his first spray paint art came out. Their fence is on the alley across from the farmers market pavilion in King Jack Park. Graffiti converted to a pop of color for the farmers market Graffiti painted on fences and the restrooms near the farmers market

State of the City is ‘fantastic’

Webb City Mayor Lynn Ragsdale City Administrator Carl Francis State of the City is ‘fantastic’ Housing and commercial development still on the rise “Fantastic” is the shorthand version of Mayor Lynn Ragsdale’s annual State of the City address to Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce members Thursday at the Route 66 Events Center. For one

Turner, Waggoner to fill role of Tom Reeder when he retires

Turner, Waggoner to fill role of Tom Reeder when he retires City Administrator Carl Francis reported to the City Council Monday that two staff members will be promoted to take over the responsibilities of Tom Reeder when he retires in May as director of parks and recreation. Erin Turner, community development coordinator, has already been

4th of 5 Greystone II phases approved

4th of 5 Greystone II phases approved The Oronogo Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the final plat for the fourth of five phases of the Greystone II subdivision. That means Schuber-Mitchell Homes is ready to proceeding on the next 22 lots (78-99) in the subdivision that is east of the original Greystone subdivision. There

R-7 District nears completion of several projects totaling $2.5M

The latest addition to Webb City High School is a wide-open space for use as a firing range for the archery and JROTC rifle teams. R-7 District nears completion of several projects totaling $2.5M The addition includes two new classrooms. The archery/rifle range (portion without bricks) is tucked into a vacant spot on the back

More than 20% test positive as 300 still wait in line daily 

More than 20% test positive as 300 still wait in line daily  The drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Webb City continues to test an average of 300 people each day. On a recent day, when 301 tests were given, 70 (23%) were positive, according to Sami Johnson, with human resources for Ivy Medical, the Georgia

More than 1,000 absences Wednesday; Kids won’t come back until Tuesday

One of hundreds wondering if they’re positive with COVID-19 is ready to be swabbed Wednesday at the Ivy Medical site in Webb City. The line for testing winds from the Clubhouse at 115 N. Madison Street around Frisco Church to West Daugherty Street. Police had to direct traffic. NUMBER OF COVID CASES ‘IT’S EXPLODING’ More

Revised treatment plant agreement presented to three city councils

Revised treatment plant agreement presented to three city councils Rewriting spurred by Duenweg’s now-delayed request to become fourth 201 member A revised agreement between the three cities that own and manage the Center Creek 201 Wastwater Treatment Plant was accepted on first reading Monday by the Webb City Council. It’s a new document that combines

Polar Bear Express can rest for another year after

Ryan Walker and son Axton are among the hundreds who enjoyed the light show on the Polar Bear Express. Polar Bear Express can rest for another year after successful run More than 1,500 ticket holders enjoyed this year’s three-weekend run of the Polar Bear Express on Streetcar No. 60.  It was especially nice after the

First trail in Cardinal Valley Habitat is now open for public use

Arrows on a tree let hikers know where the loop starts and that they they can go either way. The trailhead is on Sharon Drive, just west of the railroad tracks and Carterville. First trail in Cardinal Valley Habitat is now open for public use It’s located on the northeast edge of Webb City, just

Center Creek 201 name comes from Section 201 of the Clean Water Act

Center Creek 201 Wastewater Treatment Plant (FILE PHOTO) Center Creek 201 name comes from Section 201 of the Clean Water Act A question recently came up regarding our sewage treatment plant’s name: “Where did the 201 come from?” It’s been known as the Center Creek 201 Wastewater Treatment Plant ever since Webb City and Carterville passed

Subdivision covenant prohibits use of house as an Airbnb

Subdivision covenant prohibits use of house as an Airbnb The monthly meeting of the Webb City Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday was convened – for no reason.A public hearing was on the agenda for the request of Amin Kajani to be issued a special use permit in order to operate an AirBNB at 1536

Health department says attorney general’s order ‘greatly affects’ its ability to stop the spread of COVID

Coronavirus  (CDC PHOTO) Health department says attorney general’s order ‘greatly affects’ its ability to stop the spread of COVID The Jasper County Health Department announces that it has ceased all COVID-19 orders at this time because of an order from the Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office. “While our agency remains determined to protect the health

Webb City Council approves lights for soccer field 

Pete Provin, retires after 33 years with the city. Colton Guera, new firefighter. WCFD retiree and new firefighter pinning The Webb City Fire Department is saying goodbye to a veteran and hello to a newcomer. At the City Council meeting Monday, Fire Chief Andrew Roughton presented a challenge pin to Pete Provin in recognition of

Pit bulls came for Ricky Ray twice

Pit bulls came for Ricky Ray twice His wife and neighbor kept them at bay by swinging 1x2s the second time Ricky Ray, attacked two weeks ago by two pit bull dogs – twice – doesn’t hesitate telling what he wants for Christmas – to be able to walk. Ricky Ray’s left foot is recovering

Roundabout at 171 and 96 open to traffic

The new roundabout on Highway 171 at Highway 96 between Carl Junction and Asbury is now open to traffic.  However, the lane exiting westbound is blocked until signals warning about the rail crossing are installed. This photo is looking east toward Oronogo. Carl Junction is to the right, Asbury to the left. Roundabout at 171

Hero emerges to rescue young jogger attacked by two pit bulls

Estella Way was the scene of a pit bull attack on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Hero emerges to rescue young jogger attacked by two pit bulls Municipal charges pending against owner of dogs and friend who was watching them Ricky Ray is being hailed as a hero for coming to the rescue of an jogger who

It’s finally official: Flat Creek Restaurant is coming to Webb City

It’s finally official: Flat Creek Restaurant is coming to Webb City You may have already heard this, but City Administrator Carl Francis was proud Monday night to finally be able to announce that Webb City will be Flat Creek Restaurant’s third location. Francis has been enticing Flat Creek for more than a year to locate

Oronogo Board accepts low bid to replace sewage collection line

Oronogo Board accepts low bid to replace sewage collection line Construction of a larger sanitary sewer line on the east side of Oronogo connecting to a lift station on Ivy Road was approved Monday by the Board of Aldermen. Eric DeGruson, with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, recommended the board accept the lowest of three bids

Judge Joe Hensley nominated to fill vacancy on the Court of Appeals

Judge Joe Hensley Judge Joe Hensley nominated to fill vacancy on the Court of Appeals Gov. Parson has 60 days to select among three nominees chosen by judicial commission Judge Joe Hensley is one of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Paul C. Wilson, chief justice of

P&Z advances special use permit for boarding house to City Council

Tours of Sleep Inn and Suites, the newest and best (only) hotel in Webb City, welcomed chamber members to see what’s inside during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. Sleep Inn shows off its suitesto Chamber of Commerce members  Sydney Crider, Sleep Inn marketing coordinator shows off one of the more than 70 rooms. Hotel owner

P&Z advances special use permit for boarding house to City Council

Once marketed as a bed and breakfast, 223 W. First St. is more of a boarding house, according to the Webb City city code. It has three extended-stay areas. P&Z advances special use permit for boarding house to City Council Vanessa Stone thought she had been operating a bed and breakfast the past three years

Local candidate filing period shortened by two weeks, starts Dec. 7

Local candidate filing period shortened by two weeks, starts Dec. 7 If you’re thinking about filing as a candidate for a local government seat – be aware that the filing period is now two weeks shorter in Missouri – it ends Tuesday, Dec. 28. Candidates in previous years had until mid January to file. The

City ends fiscal year exceeding projections for sales tax collections

Police Chief Don Melton announced Monday that the state has recently set 15 mph as the speed limit for all of Main Street through downtown. City ends fiscal year exceeding projections for sales tax collections Webb City ended the 2021 fiscal year on Oct. 31 by easily exceeding its conservative budget projections for sales tax

63% majority vote to sell gas system to Spire certified by Oronogo Board

63% majority vote to sell gas system to Spire certified by Oronogo Board Oronogo’s Nov. 2 election result allowing Spire to purchase the municipal natural gas system was certified Monday by the Board of Aldermen. The proposal was approved by 63% majority. Of the 87 casting votes, 55 were in favor and 32 were against.

Christkindlmarket vendors are now featured at the farmers market

MO’ Mushrooms is one of the many market vendors with gift ideas. Christkindlmarket vendors are now featured at the farmers market Help WIC: Buy your Empty Bowl on Nov. 27, return Dec. 4 to have it filled with soup Rachael Lynch The season of giving is starting to fill our minds and activities. At the

Building permits are being issued for commercial projects

Scooter’s Coffee is taking shape on Madison Street. Building permits are being issued for commercial projects Scooter’s drive-thru coffee going up fast There is visual proof of increased commercial development in Webb City plus rumors of pending deals. The big deal, said to be all but nailed down, is the long rumored eatery next to

Oronogo voters approve Spire’s purchase of natural gas system

Oronogo voters approve Spire’s purchase of natural gas system A small portion of Oronogo’s eligible voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the sale of the city’s natural gas system to Spire Inc. Of the total 87 votes cast, 55 (63.22%) were in favor of the sale, and 32 were against it. Voter turnout was only 5.26%

Oronogo gas system sale to Spire comes up for a vote Tuesday

Oronogo gas system sale to Spire comes up for a vote Tuesday Tuesday is when Oronogo voters will have their say on whether the Board of Aldermen is correct in agreeing to sell the municipal natural gas utility to Spire Missouri Inc. for $620,000. During a recent town meeting on the topic, it was explained

Easement purchased to extend 7th Street to Prairie Flower Road

West Seventh Street dead ends before reaching Prairie Flower Road. Easement purchased to extend 7th Street to Prairie Flower Road The Webb City Council on Monday purchased the remaining easement necessary to eventually connect West Seventh Street to Prairie Flower Road. West Seventh Street has gradually been extended with more housing development. Also coming out

American Legion Post 322 hopes to open new hall in spring 2022

The new American Legion Post 322 hall is under construction on North Main Street. American Legion Post 322 hopes to open new hall in spring 2022 The new American Legion Post 322 Hall is taking shape on the southwest corner of North Main Street and Stadium Drive. Post Commander Don Wooten says completion is expected

Officers were dispatched to …

WEBB CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT   POLICE REPORTS Oct. 20, 2021 Thursday, Sept. 30 18:30 – I was dispatched to Atwoods for shoplifting. A 37-year-old female was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and shoplifting. Tuesday, Oct. 5 10:50 – Officers were dispatched to Walmart for a theft of license plates from a motor vehicle. 07:48

2021 WCHS Homecoming

Large crowd present for crowning of Queen Kenzie Storm and King Jose Antillon

Surprise award

Josh Flora named exemplary new principal of the year in southwest Missouri

WCFD pinnings

Fire department promotes Scott Pink, Cody Stone, welcomes Cole Allen and Nathan Lipsey

NAPA mega hub prepares to move into Big Lots space

Scores of shelves are being assembled in the new NAPA store to warehouse parts for storage and distribution to other area stores. NAPA mega hub prepares to fill vacated Big Lots space Webb City store will also be a parts hub for three other area stores NAPA mega hub to fill Big Lots space The

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