Meth seized and two arrested at house called an eyesore

The house at 911 W. First St. was the subject of a complaint at City Council the night prior to a drug enforcement raid. Meth seized, two arrests made during search warrant The raid was coincidentally preceded by owner of house next door taking nuisance complaint to City Council Just hours after Frank Lundien asked

Webb City to apply for second roundabout

Webb City to apply for second roundabout Proposed $3.5M project includes widening of East Street from the highway to the second roundabout at Daugherty Street A second Webb City roundabout? Webb City is applying for a grant to widen East Street north from the city’s first roundabout to a proposed second one at East Daugherty

Expansion of Oronogo’s sewage system begins

Inside the fence is one of two lift stations that will be replaced as part of the sewer system upgrade in Oronogo. G&G Construction has begun mobilizing and clearing brush at the site along Ivy Road. Expansion of Oronogo’s sewage system begins Seeing excavators ready to start digging is just the start of Oronogo’s big

Short-term rental regulations revived for next agenda

Short-term rental regulations revived for next agenda City Administrator Carl Francis said he intends to put a revised short-term rental bill on the Webb City Council’s Sept. 26 agenda. The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday voted to recommend a handful of changes to the original bill. The original bill, similar to the new short-term

Missouri Bar recognizes Joe Hensley’s integrity, leadership in the courtroom

Judge Joe Hensley Missouri Bar recognizes Joe Hensley’s integrity, leadership in the courtroom Judge Joe Hensley, of Webb City, on Thursday, Sept. 15, received the 2022 Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award from the Missouri Bar Association for his integrity and leadership in the courtroom. Established by The Missouri Bar Board of Governors in 2004, the

Council contracts with Olsson to engineer detention basin

Council contracts with Olsson to engineer detention basin Project has been identified as solution to storm water flooding The Webb City Council on Monday approved the selection of Olsson Engineering as the firm to complete the design and administer construction of a storm water detention basin to alleviate flooding in the northwest section of the

Historical Society to decide if it wants ‘regifted’ Clubhouse

Donna Krudwig, Jim Latimer and Eileen Nichols, board members of the Webb City Historical Society discuss the condition of the Clubhouse after touring it Tuesday. Historical Society to decide if it wants ‘regifted’ Clubhouse City accepted historic building from the society, but without a use for it has decided to give the society a chance

Missouri American receives state approval to acquire Purcell water and sewer systems

Missouri American receives state approval to acquire Purcell water and sewer systems Company came to the city’s assistance in February 2021 Missouri American Water answered Purcell’s call during a time of need when it had no one to operate its water and sewer systems and has now been granted approval to acquire those systems. The

The history of how historical buildings were rejuvenated

Webb City Historical Society members tour one of the many varied spaces within Just A Taste. The history of how historical buildings were rejuvenated Sommelier Eric Taylor talks about the features of the Wine Cave, which holds a large collection of wines. Do you know the long bar top at Zinc City Bar is really

Season starts with big home game against Nixa

Breckin Galardo Season starts with big home game against Nixa The Webb City Cardinals aren’t getting a soft start to begin the 2022 season. The Nixa Eagles will be at Cardinal Stadium for the 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Aug. 26. Nixa was one of three teams to defeat the Class 5 State Champion Cardinals last

Eight red lights: Council rejects proposed Airbnb ordinance 8-0

Eight red lights Council rejects proposed Airbnb ordinance 8-0 The proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in Webb City was fully rejected 8-0 Monday by the Webb City Council. That was after it was earlier rejected 3-2 by the Planning and Zoning Commission and appealed by the City to the council. “At this point it

Oronogo Board keeps property tax rate as it is

Oronogo Board keeps property tax rate as it is The Oronogo Board of Aldermen on Monday approved an ordinance that leaves the total property tax levy the same, $0.3835 per $100 assessed valuation. Total assessed valuation has increased $3,533,650 to $29,457,050 during the past year. Of the increase, $1,334,300 was from new construction. The general tax

New LEDs on new poles – behind the seats – installed

A large crane on Monday first lifted the old light pole over the north end of Cardinal Stadium and then lifted the new pole onto its base behind the grandstand. The process was then repeated on the south end. New LEDs on new poles – behind the seats – installed Promise kept to have the

P&Z rejects proposed regulations for short-term rentals

The house at 1401 Matthew Circle has been rented out for short stays through the popular Airbnb website. P&Z rejects proposed regulations for short-term rentals It will still be on the City Council agenda  A proposed ordinance regulating short-term rentals will be on the Webb City Council agenda Monday – without the recommendation of the

Police Department has openings for up to five officers

Newly pinned Officer Tabatha Love, her daughter, Lisa McCarty, and mother, Andrea Humphrey. Police Department has openings for up to five  officers Police Chief Don Melton officially welcomed a new police officer to the force Monday with a badge pinning and swearing-in ceremony during the City Council meeting. Tabatha Love has recently completed the police

Luke Boyer wins judgeship 

Like most area polling places Tuesday, the 4th Ward’s, at Webb City Fire Department, received a steady flow of voters throughout the day. Luke Boyer wins judgeship  You can call Luke Boyer, Judge Boyer, now. The Webb City attorney defeated two other candidates vying to become District 6 associate judge. He’ll succeed Jerry Holcomb, who

Webb City ZIPS is the first of a new car wash design

The ZIPS Car Wash in Webb City is one of a kind so far. Webb City ZIPS is the first of a new car wash design Chris Michael, representing the contractor, Express Carwash, shows how the brush “fingers” will pull out rather than get stuck and pull off a vehicle part.   The grand opening

Primary election is upon us

Primary election is upon us Party races statewide and local will be decided with the big primary election Tuesday, Aug. 2. Republican voters will be given a two-sided ballot, with nearly a third of it taken up by the 21 candidates running to succeed U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. The candidates receiving the most attention are

Webb City Council approves and advances special use permits

Webb City Council approves and advances special use permits Five special use permits took up most of the Webb City Council’s agenda Monday. Three special use permit ordinances were passed on final reading. They will allow: Aaron Arlington to rent out his house at 927 W. Secoond St. on a short-term basis. – It was

Water trapping roof above Oronogo City Hall replaced

Oronogo City Clerk Cyndi Jennings holds a certificate awarded to her by fellow members of the Missouri City Clerk’s and Finance Officers Association on Monday during the Board of Aldermen meeting. Jennings’ training through the organization and her years of experience have earned her certification as a Continuing MO Registered City Clerk. Fellow MoCCFOA members

Community invited to tour new American Legion/VFW hall during reception Sunday

There’s not a bad seat among the 415 available for bingo nights at the new American Legion and VFW building. Community invited to tour new American Legion/VFW hall during reception Sunday A reception to acquaint the community with the new American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Building is Sunday – but the bingo community

Tee Time special-use permit advanced by P&Z to City Council

Tee Time has submitted this preliminary site plan for the Topgolf style facility it plans to build on East Broadway. The driving range extends to East Street. Tee Time special-use permit advanced by P&Z to City Council A closer view shows four pickle ball courts, corn hole, kitchen and 19 tee boxes. The initial site

Poll workers trained to conduct an election free of irregularities

Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis instructs election poll workers in advance of the Aug. 2 primary election. Poll workers trained to conduct an election free of irregularities On Tuesday, two weeks before the Aug. 2 primary election, Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis told election workers, “We want the public to be confident our election is

P&Z to hear request from TeeTime Entertainment

An eyesore for decades, the former G&H Redi-Mix site at the ‘Y’ and East Street, has been purchased and cleared by the city. A company now wants to use it for Topgolf-style golf, pickle ball and a restaurant. P&Z to hear request from TeeTime Entertainment TeeTime Entertainment, a new company with the intent of combat

Cruise-A-Palooza crowd estimated at 10,000

Bhurle Sossamon, in the shaded lawn chair, talks with an admirer of his 1937 Buick Coupe Saturday during the car show portion of Webb City’s Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza at King Jack Park. Cruise-A-Palooza crowd estimated at 10,000 Jason Rackley tests the temperature of the steak he’s prepared during the Henkle’s Steak Cookoff event. Rackley, of

Sensors to be added to monitor very outside door in the district

Sensors to be added to monitor every outside door in the district Webb City School Board members took a step to make every school building more secure during their July meeting on Tuesday. They accepted a bid of $47,208 from NetWatch to put a sensor on every outside door that already doesn’t have one in

Regulating short-term rentals contemplated by City Council

Regulating short-term rentals contemplated by City Council An application for a special use permit to operate an Airbnb led to a broader discussion of such short-term rentals by the Webb City Council Monday. Aaron Arlington is requesting to operate an Airbnb at 927 W. Second St., typically for people who need a place to stay

$2.7 M contract signed to begin Oronogo sewer improvement project

$2.7 M contract signed to begin Oronogo sewer improvement project The Oronogo Board of Aldermen on Monday authorized Mayor Charles Wilkins to sign a contract with G&G Construction Co. for construction of improvements to the city’s sewage system. The total base bid is $2,737,000. Curtis Garner, representing G&G has presented a bond and insurance guaranteeing

Friday fire burns two vehicles, damages Main Street garage

Aftermath of the fire Friday, July 1, at 501 N. Main St. Friday fire burns two vehicles, damages Main Street garage A welding mishap is believed to be the cause of a fire the afternoon of Friday, July 1, that did extensive damage at the CBD Auto Plus garage, 501 N. Main St. The Webb

R-7 Board finalizes 2022-23 budget with 7% salary increases

R-7 Board finalizes 2022-23 budget with 7% salary increases Increasing food costs blamed for 45¢ higher lunch prices The Webb City R-7 School Board in special session Tuesday finalized the district’s 2022-2023 budget, including an approximate 7% raise for all employees. Starting pay for teachers will increase by $2,500 from $41,500 to $44,000. Teachers advancing

Oronogo sewer system improvement project nearly ready to begin

Lift Station B is one of two lift stations on Ivy Road slated to be replaced as part of a major sewer system upgrade in Oronogo. Oronogo sewer system improvement project nearly ready to begin As City Attorney Derek Snyder put it, the Oronogo Board of Aldermen’s passage of a ordinances Monday authorizing the issuance

Starbucks joins list of commercial construction sites in Webb City 

According to the site plan, the Starbucks in Webb City is being built in this style. (stories.starbucks.com) Starbucks joins list of commercial construction sites in Webb City  The abrupt end of rain might bad for your garden, but it’s good for construction. There are at least four commercial construction sites now in Webb City, and

P&Z advances four requests to City Council

The owner seeks a special use permit to rent 927 W. Second St. as an Airbnb. P&Z advances four requests to City Council The Webb City Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday advanced a rezoning request and three special use permit requests to the Webb City Council. Mike Jarvis, a former member of the P&Z,

R-7 Board inclined to raise all employees’ salaries by 7.1%

R-7 Board inclined to raise all employees’ salaries by 7.1% 2022-23 budget to be finalized June 28 Superintendent Tony Rossetti is proposing an “aggressive” 7.1% salary increase for all employees of the district, and the School Board appears to be in agreement. At their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, board members approved a preliminary 2022-2023 budget

Apartment zoning request in Oakland Park area postponed

The property south of Kennedy Lane at Myrtle Road (foreground) is requested to be rezoned for apartments. In the background on Range Line Road can be seen the new Metro Appliance, Eberhardt Chiropractic and Anderson Car and Tractor. Apartment zoning request in Oakland Park area postponed A controversial request to rezone property for three-story apartments

Oronogo Board approves annual budget, wage increases and adjusts water, sewer rates

Oronogo Board approves annual budget, wage increases and adjusts water, sewer rates The Oronogo Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a 2023 budget that looks exceptionally good due to $842,748 the city expects to receive from the sale of its natural gas system to Spire. The sale, approved by voters in November, is awaiting approval

‘Crazy’ opening leaves new pizzeria short of dough (the bread kind)

An advantage of starting over with the building they purchased is that Jim and Kayla Weatherford had an open floor plan to design the interior from scratch, just the way they wanted to. ‘Crazy’ opening leaves new pizzeria short of dough (the bread kind) Hot Stone Pizzeria is in a reconfigured building at 111 N.

Historic Clubhouse not for sale: ‘We just want to save it’

Signs were posted at the Clubhouse this week to let more people know the city is open to ideas for its use. Historic Clubhouse not for sale: ‘We just want to save it’ Carl Francis Webb City is looking for a company – ideally a nonprofit – to put the historic Clubhouse at 115 N.

Community mourns 14-year-old whose death has raised questions

A candlelight vigil was held Friday at King Jack Park as a way to grieve for Rezwan Kohistani. Community mourns14-year-old whose death has raised questions The Webb City Police Department continues to wait for an autopsy report and evidence to be processed before providing an official report about the May 5 discovery of a dead

Oronogo residents asked to answer survey questions for comprehensive plan

Oronogo residents asked to answer survey questions for comprehensive plan The process of developing a new comprehensive plan for Oronogo has begun, and citizens are asked to provide their input by answering questions on a survey. There’s a link to the survey on the city’s website, https://www.oronogomo.org. The Harry S Truman Coordinating Council staff is

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

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