Friday, December 16, 2016

Sign for Warren E. Hearnes Memorial Highway to be unveiled Tuesday

(From the City of Joplin)

New signs will soon be erected along Missouri 249 (249 Bypass) recognizing a former Missouri governor for his support of a local college. During the first year of his term in office (1965-1973), Governor Warren Hearnes advanced legislation that would make Missouri Southern a four-year college.

In recognition of his support and commitment to Missouri Southern College (its name at that time) and Joplin, the City of Joplin and Missouri Southern State University submitted a joint application to name a portion of this highway as the Governor Warren E. Hearnes Memorial Highway. The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight has approved to name the portion of Missouri 249 between the I-44/I49 interchange to the East Zora Street exit as a Memorial Highway to the late Governor Hearnes.

The Memorial Highway sign will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20 in Hearnes Hall on the MSSU campus. The event is open to the public. Joplin historian Brad Belk will provide a historical perspective on the late governor, his achievements and their significance to Missouri Southern State University and Joplin.

The sign will be installed by the Missouri Department of Transportation in days following the unveiling.

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