Friday, February 28, 2014

Fifty-eight Joplin R-8 teachers nominated for Golden Apple Awards

(From Joplin Schools)

The award is for educators in Joplin public and private schools who display excellence in their profession. They are nominated by students, parents, and peers. 

A total of 73 nominees were announced on Feb. 26 by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Empire District Electric Company, and Missouri Southern State University. They will be honored at a reception at 6 p.m. March 4 at the Holiday Inn Hotel Ballroom. 
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Kolette Bartley, Kelsey Norman Elementary 
Monica Bay, Jefferson Elementary
Chelsie Brooks, Royal Heights Elementary
Laura Campbell, Eastmorland Elementary
Kyleigh Garrett, Eastmorland Elementary
Angela Graves, Columbia Elementary
Stacie Hayes, Eastmorland Elementary
Jessica Hilton, Soaring Heights Elementary
Wendee Hughes, McKinley Elementary
Amy Jones, Eastmorland Elementary
Chelsea Marshall, Royal Heights Elementary
Susan Moore, Irving Elementary
Stephanie Reither, Cecil Floyd Elementary
Stacie Saunders, Stapleton Elementary
Heather Shull, Jefferson Elementary
Mary Sloan, Royal Heights Elementary
Billie Stanley, Royal Heights Elementary
Karla Theilen, Cecil Floyd Elementary
Elaina Watkins, Stapleton Elementary
Kim Wood, Jefferson Elementary
3rd - 5th Grade 
Aimee Allen, Kelsey Norman Elementary
Lanette Ball, Jefferson Elementary
Wes Brownfield, Stapleton Elementary
Matt Crane, Royal Heights Elementary
Sherry Crumbliss, Soaring Heights Elementary
Ginger Gibson, Royal Heights Elementary
Kimberly Grigery, Jefferson Elementary
Tim Gubera, Eastmorland Elementary
Dianne Hermann, Jefferson Elementary
Sara Jackson, Royal Heights Elementary
Laura John, Jefferson Elementary
Carrie Knight, Royal Heights Elementary
Cherie Kuklentz, Royal Heights Elementary
Stacey Kunce, Jefferson Elementary
Katie Land, Stapleton Elementary
Katie Moore, Royal Heights Elementary
Emily Mullins, Royal Heights Elementary
Kelsie Nguyen, Eastmorland Elementary
Kelly Painter, McKinley Elementary
Karen Robertson, Stapleton Elementary
Stacie Short, Jefferson Elementary
Sally Spiekermann, Eastmorland Elementary
Megan Wallace, Jefferson Elementary
Kristina Warden, Stapleton Elementary
Katherine Woods, Royal Heights Elementary
Ashley Wright, McKinley Elementary

6th - 8th Grade
Karen Cameron, South Middle School
Jason Cryer, North Middle School
Chad Ruddick, North Middle School
Rory Stadt, South Middle School

9th - 12th Grade
George Cowin, Joplin High School
Jeff Hafer, Joplin High School
Kelly Pyle, Joplin High School
Kathleen Reiboldt, Joplin High School
Kevin Sawyer, Joplin High School
Bethany Shultz, Joplin High School
Amanda Smith, Joplin High School
Brandon Taute, Joplin High School

Video- Webb City High School announcements March 3-7

Jet 14 video- Complete Joplin R-8 Board of Education Feb. 25 meeting

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Student aid event postponed, rescheduled for March 9

(From Southern News Service)

Due to inclement weather in the forecast, the FAFSA Frenzy event set for March 2 has been rescheduled.

FAFSA Frenzy will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the third floor ballroom of Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University.

Financial aid volunteers from Missouri Southern and Crowder College will be on hand to help process the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“It’s geared toward high-school seniors who are college-bound in the fall,” said Becca Diskin, financial aid director at Missouri Southern. “We’re volunteering our time to help students and their parents get their financial aid completed, regardless of where they’re going to college.

“There’s an April state financial aid deadline, and we want to make sure they qualify for the most aid possible. The sooner they complete it, the sooner we can process them.”

Families should plan to bring their 2013 income tax returns and/0r 2013 W-2 forms, or their 2013 year-end pay stubs and 2012 income tax returns. For those unable to attend the event, students and parents may receive free assistance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the month of March in Hearnes Hall Room 109.

FAFSA Frenzy is a program of College Goal Sunday, which is offered in Missouri through partnerships between the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and USA Funds. For more information, visit

Comedian Michael Malone to be host for 2014 MOSO Talent Show

(From Southern News Service)

Comedian Michael Malone has been named as the host of the 2014 MOSO Talent Show, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Malone, who was pegged as 2013’s “Hot Comic to Watch” by Campus Activities magazine, is known for his “rubber face” and versatile material. Malone’s guest appearances include the Bob and Tom radio show, WGN-TV, National Lampoon’s Operation Comedy Tour, NBC, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and The CW.

“We’ve had a variety of hosts over the past several years and this year when the opportunity to bring in Michael presented itself, we felt that we had to pounce,” said Landon Adams, director of student activities. “We think that his versatility and sense of humor will make him the perfect fit to host this awesome event.”
The show, which will last approximately two hours, is free and open to the public. Details will follow regarding the featured student acts.

The MOSO Talent Show is presented by the Campus Activities Board, which is comprised of volunteer students who work throughout the school year with the Student Activities Office. CAB not only makes recommendations for what events to host on campus, but also helps to facilitate and advertise those events.
Accommodations related to a disability should be made to Landon Adams in Student Activities Office at 417-625-9669 at least 72 hours prior to the events. Any additional questions regarding this event should also be directed to the MSSU Student Activities Office.

MSSU Child Development Center to begin two-week Dr. Seuss celebration Monday

(From Southern News Service)

A two-week celebration of Dr. Seuss will begin Monday, March 3, at the Child Development Center at Missouri Southern State University.
“March 3 is Read Across America day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday,” said Nikki Tappana, the center’s acting director. “We’re extending it for two weeks and asking people on campus to come and read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to children.”
Guest readers will include Dr. Alan Marble, Missouri Southern’s interim president; Dr. Al Cade, dean of teacher education; Dr. Pat Lipira, vice president of academic affairs; and Dr. Michael Howarth, director of the university’s honors program. Additional activities over the two weeks will include a visit from the Cat in the Hat and themed menu items such as green eggs and ham.
“I did a Seuss celebration in my classroom last year and decided to expand it to the whole center,” said Tappana.
Located in the Gene Taylor Education Building, the Child Development Center provides daycare and curriculum for children six weeks to five years of age for Missouri Southern students, faculty and staff as well as alumni. The center currently serves 59 children per day.
The Read Across America program, which is now in its 17th year, focuses on “motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources,” according to the National Education Association.

Newsmakers to feature MSSU campus outreach programs

(From Southern News Service)

The upcoming edition of the “Newsmakers” interview program focuses on how two programs based at Missouri Southern State University reach out to serve the community. 
The first half of the program features the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Dr. David Smith is joined by students Ann Wolfe and Tiffany Gilbert from the MSSU Accounting Department. They discuss the free income tax service available on weekends at Southern. 
The second half of the program features the Small Business Technology Development Center. Sherry Noller talks about services available for small businesses.
“Newsmakers” will air at the following times on KGCS-TV:
Sunday, March 2 – 6 p.m.
Monday, March 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 6 – 5:30 p.m.
It will also air at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, on KOAM-TV.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

KOAM report: Protests in Ukraine hit close to home for Joplin businesswoman

A report from KOAM's Liz Holliday KOAM TV 7

KOAM report- Abandoned cemetery in Joplin on verge of having coffins emerge

A report from KOAM's Cailey Dougherty KOAM TV 7

Video- Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity receives $60,000 grant

A KOAM report KOAM TV 7

Video- Joplin Project Graduation to hold talent show, live auction Friday

From KODE's Good Morning Four States

Video- Brad's Beat: MSSU to present "The Drowsy Chaperone"

One of my favorite former South Middle School students, Mollie Sanders, whose Modern Mollie videos occasionally appear on Inside Joplin, is featured in this Brad's Beat report from KSN.

Martin Luther School in Joplin expanding

A KSN report

Webb City residents discuss aquatic facility bond proposal

A report from KSN's Sydney Ryan

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thomas Jefferson MATHCOUNTS team takes first at MSSU

(From Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School)

Congratulations to the participants in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Contest at MSSU Saturday.  TJ’s team of Olivia Renfro, Lewis Weller, Lane Wilson, and Coleman Yantis finished in 1st place overall.  TJ students also won five of the top-10 places in the individual contest:  2nd place – Lewis Weller; 4th place – Savannah Dillard; 5th place – Coleman Yantis;  9th place – Aaron Wells;  10th place – Haaris Rehman.  These students qualified for the state competition on March 8 in Columbia.  In the countdown buzzer championship, Lewis Weller took 1st place and Savannah Dillard took 2nd place.

Trout Fishing in America to perform at Thomas Jefferson

(From Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School)

Saturday, March 1, marks the opening day of the 2014 Missouri Trout Fishing Season, and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is hosting a special songwriter workshop and concert in the TJ Concert Hall. 
Join us for a spectacular musical performance by Trout Fishing in America. Trout Fishing in America is Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. They have been writing songs and playing music together for the last 37 years. This Northwest Arkansas duo has received four Grammy nominations and a host of other national music awards. Their live performances have earned them a place in the hearts of children and parents everywhere.
The band’s name actually comes from the 1967 Richard Brautigan novella of the same title.  The band’s manager, Dick Renko, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the name is appropriate because of the band’s unique way of looking at things. 
Trout Fishing in America will host a song-writer workshop for children in grades 3-6 at 1 p.m. the same day.  Advanced reserved seating will be required for this show. Tickets are available at the TJ Box Office at  To reserve a space for your child in the 1 p.m. song-writing workshop, send an e-mail RSVP to the school at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Agenda provided for Joplin R-8 Board of Education meeting

The following agenda has been posted for the regular meeting of the Joplin R-8 Board of Education 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Administration Building at 32nd and Duquesne:

  • A. Call to Order

    1. Roll Call

    B. Pledge of Allegiance

    C. District Showcase - West Central

    D. Approval of agenda - Action

    E. Reports

    1. Board President's Report

    a. Student Recognitions

    2. Superintendent's Report

    a. Read Across America

    b. Standards of Excellence

    c. Construction Updates

    F. Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items *

    G. Consent Agenda - Action

    1. Approve Minutes - January 28, 2014 - Action

    2. Employment - Action

    3. Retirement - Action

    4. Resignation - Actions

    5. Policy and Procedure Update - First and Final Reading - Action

    a. GCBDA - Professional Staff Short-Term Leaves and Absences

    b. JFCI - Student Drug Testing (Procedure)

    6. Out-of-State Overnight Field Trip JHS Constitution Team - Action

    7. Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled - Action

    8. JHS/FTC Change #81 - Bid Package #31 Mass Excavation - Action

    9. Surplus Property at Duenweg - Action

    10. Online Teaching and Instructional Design for Teachers - Action

    11. Learn. Management System for Curriculum Housing & Online Course Delivery - Action

    12. Financial Statements - Info.

    13. Health Insurance and Dental Care Insurance Reports - Info.

    H. Regular Agenda

    1. Accounts Payable - Action

    2. Program Evaluations - Action

    a. Early Childhood

    b. Guidance and Counseling - Elementary, Middle and High School

    c. Project Hope

    I. Discussion Items

    1. February 2014 Enrollment - Info.

    J. Closed Session - RSMO.610.021 (1) Legal, (2) Real Estate, (3) Personnel and

  •  (12) Identifiable personnel records.

      K. Adjournment

815 S. Main to be closed Wednesday for water line repairs

(From the City of Joplin)

Lane Closures will occur at 815 S. Main Street on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lane closures in this area are due to repair of water line by Neal Group Construction Co. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution in this area. The date of this lane closure may change due to weather conditions. If you have any questions, please call the Engineering Department at 624-0820, ext. 530.

Joplin Police Department makes 14 DWI arrests over weekend

The Joplin Police Department arrested the following people over the weekend for driving while intoxicated:

Lloyd Parker, 56, Joplin
Christopher Vernon Wehmeyer 38, Joplin
Jeffrey Allen Huffman, 43, Diamond
James Anthony Bozeman, 40, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Windell Douglas Daniels, 32, Carthage
Riley Albus, 19, Joplin
Troy Allen Tygart, 21, Galena, Kan.
Misty Dawn Frisbie, 34, Baxter Springs, Kan.
Alethia Michelle Watson, 29 , Joplin
Carroll Elliott Rogers, 65, Galena, Kan.
Gregory Joe Stephens, 61, Joplin
Zachary S. Miller, 31, Joplin
Bryan Christopher Adams, 22, Duquesne
Bryan L. Conger, 49, Carl Junction

Southern Theatre to present "The Drowsy Chaperone"

(From Southern News Service)

Southern Theatre will stage a production of the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, through Saturday, March 8, in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
Featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, “The Drowsy Chaperone” boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room. The musical tells the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
The production is directed by Ann G. Lile.
Admission is $2 for Missouri Southern Students, $3 for faculty and staff, $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and non-MSSU students. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call 417-625-3190 or purchase tickets online at
For requests for accommodations related to a disability, contact Terri Spencer at 417-625-9393 at least 72 hours before the performance.
(Photo: Ross Bruns, junior vocal music major, rehearses a scene from “The Drowsy Chaperone.”)
The cast for “The Drowsy Chaperone” includes:
Carl Junction
Devri Brock – Senior theatre major
Dyanne Lile – Senior vocal performance major
Kyle Newby – Freshman vocal performance, tech theatre major
Jesse Pendergraft – Sophomore vocal music education major
Kyle Jacobs – Junior theatre major
Lauren Baker – Public relations major
Tori Mitchell – Sophomore vocal music education major
Mollie Sanders – Junior theatre major
James Zerkel – Theatre major
Forrest Bunter – Freshmen music education major
Brooke Henry – Sophomore music education major
Pierce City
Amanda Jones – Junior vocal music education major
Pleasant Hill
Ross Bruns – Junior vocal performance major
Elaina Bottles – Sophomore vocal performance major
Webb City
Zachary Pettit – Junior vocal music education major
Baxter SpringsSean Botts – Freshman theatre major
Trey Burkhart – Senior music industry major
 Fort Scott
Chris Clay – Senior music education major
Jackie Webb – Junior music and theatre major
Cameron Lopez – Freshman theatre major

"Created Equal" film series continues at Missouri Southern

(From Southern News Service)

The “Created Equal” film series is set to continue on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Missouri Southern State University.
Based on the book by Raymond Arsenault, the documentary “Freedom Riders” offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South
There will be film clips and a discussion at noon in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. A screening of the full film and a discussion will be offered at 7 p.m. in Phelps Theatre, located in Billingsly Student Center. Dr. Steven Wagner will lead the discussions.
The series will continue on Wednesday, March 5, with “Slavery by Another Name.”
All of the programs are free and open to the public.
The series was made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Friday, February 21, 2014

MSSU Presidential Search Committee to meet Monday

 The Missouri Southern State University Presidential Search Committee will hold its next meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in Room 310 of Billingsly Student Center.

Open house set for new office of Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program

(From the City of Joplin)

The City of Joplin would like to announce the transition of its J-HAP Program Office from the Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area (ESC). As of February 24, 2014, interested citizens seeking to learn more about the J-HAP program, or to obtain an application, should visit the new J-HAP Program Office located at 531 South Main Street Joplin, MO 64801. For those who are interested in speaking to someone by phone, the new J-HAP contact number is (417) 850-2249. Interested parties can also e-mail J-HAP staff at
It is intended for the new J-HAP Program office to become a central place where citizens can learn more about several recovery activities funded through the HUD Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR). To commemorate the opening of the new office and to invite citizens to learn more about the program, the City would also like to announce that an open house will be held at the new J-HAP Program Office on Tuesday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
The new J-HAP Program Office is being relocated in part due to ESC’s desire to pursue other opportunities with respect to the City’s various recovery initiatives, necessitating an independent J-HAP Program office. “The City of Joplin is grateful for ESC’s work on the program to date. The decision to change office locations is due to ESC’s desire to pursue other opportunities to assist with the City’s recovery. This transition is in no way a reflection on ESC’s performance to date.
The J-HAP program has been extremely successful with 82 approved applications, and 27 closings on homes in the tornado zone, which utilized $765,522 in HUD CDBG-DR J-HAP funding,” stated Troy Bolander, the City’s Planning and Community Development Director.
According to John Joines, ESC’s CEO, “we have reached the pinnacle we have set for our agency. It is ESC’s desire to move forward now to other rebuilding opportunities, where we can once again apply our expertise; and, what a pleasure it has been to work with the City on this vital project for the City’s ongoing recovery.”
Over the next few weeks, current applicants may be contacted by a representative of the new J-HAP Program Office, in order to ensure all J-HAP applicant questions and concerns are answered. We would like to assure all J-HAP participants that this transition will not affect the approval process, and is not anticipated to delay the review of J-HAP submissions.
Joplin residents and others interested in moving to Joplin can learn more about the J-HAP qualifications and guidelines, including frequently asked questions, by logging onto the City’s CDBG-DR website under the J-HAP information link at We encourage all potential applicants, agents, lenders, and builders to please refer to the FAQs, or contact the new J-HAP Program Office.

City reopens limb dropoff area for citizens

(From the City of Joplin)

City of Joplin crews will soon finish picking up ice storm damaged tree limbs. The City appreciates the public’s patience and cooperation dealing with this cleanup project.
Drop-off site reopens for Friday & Saturday visits. The City will reopen the limb drop off site during the remaining ice storm cleanup project. The drop off site, located at 1702 North Schifferdecker Avenue, will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on every Friday and Saturday starting today, February 21 through Saturday, March 22. The drop-off site is located six tenths of a mile north of Belle Center Road on the west side of Schifferdecker Avenue. This free drop off service is for Joplin residents only. Professional contractors will now be allowed to dump, but must bring documentation of their Joplin residential customers’ name, address and phone number.
For more information, call the Public Works Center at 417-624-0820, extension 564.

City's annual leaf pickup program ends

(From the City of Joplin)

The City of Joplin has announced that the annual leaf program has ended with all parts of the residential areas being canvassed. Joplin residents who may have been missed and want their leaves picked up may make a request by calling the Parks Department at 624-6937. Call back service will be on Fridays, until March 14.
Residents may also bring their leaves to the Joplin Compost Facility next to the Turkey Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant at 3457 Eddy Lane.
One alternative to leaf disposal is home composting. To learn more, contact Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator at 624-0820 Extension 501.
Not-so-earth-friendly alternatives for leaf disposal include setting out bagged leaves for the regular weekly trash service or burning the leaves. However, Phillips warned, “According to the E.P.A., burning dry leaves can release chemicals known to irritate our respiratory system, therefore burning is discouraged.”
Burn permits may be obtained from any of the Fire Stations in the City or at the City’s Finance Department at City Hall. The permit costs $5 and is good for three consecutive days, starting on the day of purchase. The Fire Stations are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven day per week. Please note there may be times when firefighters are not at the station to issue permits, due to the nature of their job. Fire Stations will only be able to accept payment by check or money order. The Finance Department, located on the third floor of City Hall, 602 South Main, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City Hall location will accept cash, check, debit, money order, or credit card payments.
No matter where the permit is obtained, residents must still inquire with the Joplin Fire Department about weather conditions and if burning is allowed on each day. Residents can obtain this information by calling 623-0403.
To schedule a missed pick up, contact the Parks Department at 624-6937. For more information about burn permits and rules, contact the Joplin Fire Department at 623-0403 or go to For information on Joplin residential trash pickup, contact Republic Service at 800-431-1507.

Capital Improvement Sales Tax Renewal Committee to meet Tuesday

(From the City of Joplin)

The Capital Improvement Sales Tax Renewal Committee will hold their first meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 602 South Main.
Citizens serving on this committee were appointed by the Joplin City Council, and include Kathy Blood, Ron Darby, Aaron Doll, Krissy Gooch, Nancy Good, Harold McCoy, Nancy O’Connell, Fred Palmer and Henry Robertson.
The group will hear from Public Works Director Nick Heatherly regarding resources and information available to them in upcoming weeks as they review and discuss possible road improvement projects in Joplin, as they consider a renewal of the capital improvement sales tax. The current capital improvement sales tax of 3/8 cents was passed by Joplin voters in August 2004 and expires in December 2014.
Since its inception, this sales tax has funded numerous improvement projects in the city. The City’s overlay project has been supported by these revenues as were numerous other improvements, including the railroad overpass on Connecticut Avenue near 26th Street; the widening of Connecticut Avenue from Murphy to 30th Street; and the Zora and Main interchange and overpass.
The Renewal Committee will select a spokesperson during this meeting, and schedule future meetings for the group.

MSSU Board of Governors freezes tuition rates for 2014-2015

(From Southern News Service)

After thorough consideration, the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors approved a hold on the current rates for in-state and Lion Pride tuition for the 2014-15 year during a meeting on Friday, Feb. 21.
 The current tuition rate is $173.20 per credit hour for in-state students. Tuition for graduate programs is $250 per credit hour for in-state and $375 for out-of-state.
 The board approved setting tuition rates for out-of-state students at $353, an increase of about $6.60.
 “We’re very concerned about student debt,” said Dr. Alan Marble, interim president of Missouri Southern. “We’re looking out for our students by holding the line on the tuition rate, which remains an excellent value for those seeking to further their education.”
 With its current rate, Missouri Southern remains the most affordable four-year institution in the state, as well as the most affordable university in the region. That affordability extends beyond state borders with the university's Lion Pride In-State Tuition Discount, which gives students in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and parts of Illinois the same in-state tuition rate that Missouri residents enjoy.
 Even with an affordable tuition rate, the administration at MSSU is aware of growing student loan debt, which is an option some students use to cover basic living expenses.
 Missouri Southern has always been concerned with providing students with access to a high-quality education at an affordable cost,” said Darren Fullerton, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.  “Our goals are to assist students in getting an education that will prepare them to be productive members of their communities and to help them graduate with a low student loan debt.”

Convention and Visitors Bureau to be featured on Joplin Insider program

(From Southern News Service)

The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau is the focus for the new “Joplin Insider” interview program airing on KGCS-TV. 
During the program, Patrick Tuttle, CVB director, discusses new signage coming to the city and activities planned by the bureau. The program is produced through the facilities of KGCS-TV. Joplin Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot hosts the half-hour program.  
“Joplin Insider” may be seen at the following times on KGCS-TV.
Monday, Feb. 24 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 – 6 p.m.
Monday, March 3 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 – 9 p.m.
 KGCS-TV operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.  Programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, as well as regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

Signing scheduled for book on Jasper County rural schools

Author Helen Hunter will be signing copies of her new book Echoes of School Bells, a history of Jasper County rural schools, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Always Buying Books.

The following description comes from the book's Amazon page:

Echoes of School Bells highlights the history of Jasper County (Mo.) schools. This in-depth book covers the period from the conception of Jasper County to about the early 1970s when most of the rural county schools closed. The book also shares stories from people who went to those rural schools.

Copies of my books, including Let Teachers Teach, No Child Left Alive, 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Spirit of Hope, and Scars from the Tornado: One Year at East Middle School, are available at Always Buying Books.

Video- Joplin listed as one of America's friendliest cities

A KOAM report KOAM TV 7

Video- Mercy Hospital announces fundraising campaign

A KOAM report KOAM TV 7

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dancing with the Joplin Stars to be featured on Chamber Chat

(From Southern News Service)

The upcoming Dancing with the Joplin Stars event is the featured topic on the new edition of “Chamber Chat” airing on KGCS-TV. 
The program is produced for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce through the facilities of KGCS-TV. 
Host Kirstie Smith visits with guests about the annual fundraiser. Guests include Cary Beasley from the Chamber and Brian Atnip and Heather Lemon, two participants in the dancing competition. The program includes a dancing demonstration.
Initial airdates for “Chamber Chat” are 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. It will continue to air in upcoming weeks.
KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

Video- Webb City Singers in concert

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Newsmakers to focus on Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

(From Southern News Service)

Joplin, MO (SNS) – The upcoming edition of the “Newsmakers” interview program on KGCS-TV takes a look at economic development in the Joplin area, with an interview featuring Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob O’Brian.  
During the program, he discusses post-tornado recovery and other business growth in Joplin. O’Brian also discusses local employment, with the unemployment rate locally below that of the state and national levels.
The program will air at the following times on KGCS-TV:
Monday, Feb. 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26 – 5:30 p.m.
The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, on KOAM-TV.
KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.  The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.

Thomas Jefferson honor roll released

(From Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School)

Congratulations to the students who earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll during the 1st semester of the school year.  To earn a place on the High Honor Roll, students must achieve at least a 90 average, and no more than one grade of 89 or lower. Students earn a place on the Honor Roll if they earn an average of 80 to 89.9, and have no more than one grade of 79 or lower.
Upper School High Honor Roll
Danielle Arevalos
Jonathan Barnes
Jasmine Butcher
Joey Cascone
Markaila Farnham
Garrison Henkle
Paige Lewis
Hannah Mueller
Chloe Renfro
Tiernon Riesenmy
Shreya Suri
Olivia Thompson
Jacob Barber
Mario Destephen
Mark Farnham
Edward Hershewe
Alexander Renfro
Pranav Suri
Noah Wells
Sarah Wilson
Kaylah Ailes
John Barber
John Burnett
Hannah Cromer
Laurel Lown
Hannah Shumaker
Erica Warner
Lia Wu
Frank Cascone II
Kaylee Conner
Joseph Hedgcorth
Sanjay Jenkins
Evadne Rodriguez
Thisbe Scholfield-Johnson

Upper School Honor Roll

Lex Baird
Moriah Donica
Alexandria Eckert
Sydney Evans
Annie Goodwin
Gabriel Hershewe
Katie Kolczun
Matthew Madole
Jordan McCready
Michael Saladin
Noah Dickinson
Morgan Dunker
Michael Joseph
Emily Miller
Joseph Scott
Christian Atteberry
Sornsakon Gleebbunjong
Oria Hao
Lindsay Lindeman
Megan March
Charlotte Newman
Delaney Palmer
Nathan Triplett
Preston Carpenter
Krista Miller
Heather Smith
Trevor Spriggs
Theodore Welch
Grey Young

Middle School High Honor Roll

6th Grade
Simran Anis
Reagan Brysacz
Brock Conklin
Savannah Dillard
Luke Goodhope
Colton Henkle
Thomas Hershewe
Layla Mokhtar
Jaden Moore
Audrey Neighmond
Ruchi Patel
Elizabeth Patterson
Allison Price
Elizabeth Reaves
Humza Rehman
Bella Scutti
Acelynn Tate
Steven Yantis
7th Grade
Athena Cardenas
Cyra Evans
Luke Kirk
Olivia Renfro
Shannon Tewari
Aaron Wells
Lane Wilson
8th Grade
Hallah Butcher
Imogen Eads
Austin Flake
Kevin James
Andrew Lown
Aaron McDonald
Caitlin Mueller
Hayley Neighmond
Haaris Rehman
Elena Rodriguez
Hannah Triplett
Olivia Wu
Coleman Yantis

Middle School Honor Roll

6th Grade
Sophia Bazzano Joseph
Zachary Dowell
Jasmine Michalopoulos
Gaia Thayer
7th Grade
Isaac Dickinson
Gabrielle Durham
Richard Joseph III
Chloe Miller
Arionna Rincker
Adam Turney
Teressa Wells
8th Grade
Stephen Bazzano Joseph
Hayden Dillard
Cassandra Dowell
Caroline Lieurance
Emily May
McKenna Morris
Wyatt Olbrey
Dustin Turnbow
Lewis Weller