Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Christmas Lighting Ceremony set at Big Spring Park in Neosho


Carthage Christmas Parade is next Monday

(From the Carthage Police Department)

The Carthage Christmas Parade will be held Monday, December 4th 2023 at 7:00 PM. The parade will follow the same route as in years past. 

The route will originate at the corner of Chestnut and Main (in front of the First Christian Church). Proceed north on Main, circle the beautiful Carthage Square, then head back south on Grant street to end at Chestnut and Grant (tennis courts behind the 6th Grade Center). The route encompasses a distance of approximately one mile.

As a reminder, the square will be closed and vacated at 5:00 PM on Monday December 4th. Please plan accordingly.

Girard Police Department reports increase in vehicle break-ins

(From the Girard Police Department)

There has been an uptick in vehicle break-ins. There is no way to completely eradicate our community of this behavior. However, we can help ourselves and our neighbors. See something, say something. Lock your doors. Do as the picture says!
If you have cameras on your house let the PD know so we can make a list. So, if you or maybe your neighbor's property has been tampered with or worse it’s been taken, we will have the upper hand with the security footage.
Thank you and be safe.

Joplin woman arrested for DWI after driving wrong way on I-49

(From the Jasper Police Department)

On Monday, November 27th, 2023 at 8:15 pm, Jasper PD Sgt. Amber Ashby stopped a black GMC truck on NB I-49 at the Thorn Road exit.

A report was given by a witness that the above vehicle was observed driving northbound in the southbound lane of I-49. Many other traffic violations were observed by the witness as well as Sgt. Ashby.


Contact was made with the driver, Christine Dhar (Joplin). Signs of driving while intoxicated was observed. 

After being taken into the custody for probable cause DWI, Dhar showed to have BAC of more than 3 times the legal limit.
Dhar was charged with DWI and other traffic offenses.
Dhar is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Crowder College Theatre Department plans collection of short plays, student projects

(From Crowder College)

Crowder College Theatre Department will perform a collection of student acting projects and short plays December 8-9, 7pm nightly in the Blackbox Theatre located inside the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Neosho campus.

“There will be a variety of short scenes and plays performed by students from Acting I, Theatre Practicum, and scholarship students,” stated Annie Smith, Theatre Director/Instructor. This is her first season at Crowder College.

Annie Smith, the new Crowder Theatre Director, is excited to join the Crowder family. A native of southwest Missouri, Annie completed her undergrad work at College of the Ozarks before earning her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi. Outside of theatre, Annie is an award-winning author. With her husband and two children, Annie enjoys hiking the Ozarks and frequenting her local library.

Admission to either performance is a canned food item that will be donated to the Rider Pantry at Crowder. The pantry benefits Crowder students. Please call the box office at 417.455.5678 or email: to reserve your spot.

Public meeting set to discuss proposal to permit neon signs in Joplin's historic downtown district

(From the City of Joplin)

A Public Meeting to discuss proposed changes to the City of Joplin’s sign code ordinances will be held on Tuesday, December 12. Joplin Historic Preservation Commission members and City staff seek input from citizens relating to proposed code changes to permit neon signs in Joplin’s historic downtown district. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 530 Somewhere, 530 S. Main Street.

For more information, contact Thomas Walters from the City’s Planning, Development and Neighborhood Services Department at 417-624-0820, ext. 1539.

MSSU Choral Society schedules winter concert

(From the MSSU Choral Society)

The MSSU Choral Society will perform its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, December 10, 2023, 3:00 p.m. at First Community Church, 2007 E 15th St.

Choral Society Conductor Melissa Belk, and accompanist Clint Newby, lead the community-based 60+ member Choral Society and will present its holiday program with music that will appeal to people of all ages.

The concert includes several favorite holiday works from “O Holy Night” to “Jingle Bells” (with a twist!) to “Joy to the World” and the grandeur of Benjamin Britten’s arrangement of “Personent Hodie,” among other selections.

A special addition this year includes a bell choir accompanying the chorus and playing additional music.

The event is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted.