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Host families are needed for May 30-31 dates >> Calendar of Events staff

The Springfield Sister Cities Association and the 2015 English Language Institute at Missouri State University are looking for families of one or more to host two or more students visiting from Springfield's Japanese sister city. Hosts will pick up students at the MSU campus and will spend Saturday, May 30, 2015, and/or Sunday, May 31, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. together with them.

Families may be married or single, any age, with or without kids, of any cultural background. Activities may include preparing lunch, playing in the yard, going to church or watching a movie, activities of a regular nature. Other suggestions include going to ...more

Nixa schedules their annual Sucker Day >> Calendar of Events staff

What? You've not heard of Nixa Sucker Day? And, hopefully, after seeing the logo to the left, you aren't thinking lollypops.

Well, you could plan on visiting Nixa, Missouri (Christian County) on May 15 and 16, 2015, to find out about the event. Or you could seek out Glenn Scott, as we did. He's the 2015 Sucker Day president.

Probably, gone are the days when Nixa locals closed up shop or skipped school to go "grabbin' for suckers," but the longstanding tradition that provides fun for the whole family, along with good food and plentiful entertainment carries on. We're told that the first Nixa Sucker Day was started in 1957 by a local barber ...more

Help wanted: Reporters >> Classifieds staff
The Joplin Independent and the Voice of the Ozarks need people interested in attending musical events in exchange for submission of reviews and photos. Concerts of differing genres may be located in ...more

Artists are chosen for Walnut Street event >> Calendar of Events staff
Artsfest on Walnut Street, now in its 35th year, has announced that 55 new exhibitors will be part of 130 artists from 16 states showing work on May 2 and 3, 2015. Artists will display work in clay, ...more

Romantic novelist Inglath Cooper woos fans >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Working together builds individual strengths, but life is not always harmonious, even for rising music groups. If you like country music, romance and “soap operas,” you ...more

Neosho Arts Council announces contests >> Miscellaneous staff
The Neosho Arts Council has issued a call to two-dimensional artists (no photography, digital works or 3D works) to enter The Hermann Jaeger Juried Fine Art Competition. The regional contest is open ...more

Everyone needs a good fish story >> Sports staff
A Richwood's angler Andy Belobraydic is holding the record paddlefish he caught recently on Missouri's Table Rock Lake. Andy Belobraydic, 33, a Richwoods angler, snared Missouri's state record ...more

Carthage announces art walk dates and themes >> Calendar of Events staff
The Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk Committee has announced the dates for its fifth anniversary season presenting artists, musicians, entertainers and galleries on the Carthage Square. The dates ...more

Challenges of growing succulents >> Home and Garden mariwinn
Jan Bower (second from left) demonstrates how to propagate succulent plants to some members of the Succulent Society of the Ozarks. Members were able to take home cuttings to create their own ...more

More safety for bikers/pedestrians >> Community staff
The City of Springfield Public Works is in the process of installing a high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) signal on Sunset Street between Kimbrough Avenue and Dollison Avenue as part of ...more

Isner looks forward to joining Springfield Lasers >> Sports staff
Tennis player John Isner, pictured, the number 1 American male in the draft of the Mylan World Team Tennis Pro League, will become the marquee player for the Springfield Lasers, making special ...more

Help wanted: Police clerk >> Classifieds staff
The City of Ozarks Police Department is seeking a hardworking and self-motivated candidate to fill the position of police clerk. Responsibilities will include a variety of work relating to modern ...more

Listeria found in Blue Bell products >> Health staff
Three deaths have been reported of people infected with strains of Listeria Monocytogenes after having eaten ice cream produced by Blue Bell Creameries manufactured in Brenham, Texas. The ...more

Ozark mother dies in auto accident on Hwy. 65 >> Community l-cox
At 10:13 this morning, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a single vehicle crash. A 2003 Honda van was traveling northbound on Highway 65 when it left the roadway just north of ...more

Group aims to de-popularize Bradford pear trees >> Home and Garden staff
This is a section of the branch of an Eastern Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). Distributed widely in Missouri and attractive when planted against the backdrop of evergreens, it is a suggested ...more

Growing older, living well >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy Magnetic books have many faces. From Working to Wisdom by Brendan Hare (Jappa Flats Publishing) is like a mirror, reflecting the march of time. Its sub-title, "The ...more

Invasive stink bug from Asia is found locally >> Environment d-burton
University of Missouri Extension Horticulturists Kelly McGowan and Patrick Byers say the first reported Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, pictured, in southwest Missouri has been confirmed and area ...more

Voters urged to support healthcare expansion >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: According to a study done by the University of Missouri in 2012 (The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri): In it's first year Medicaid Expansion would create 1769 ...more

Research reveals carcinogen in soda >> Health natalie
Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people’s exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a ...more

Catch-and-keep trout season opens March 1 >> Sports staff
With the opening of catch-and-keep season on March 1, 2015, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding trout anglers that hard sole shoes, boots or wadlers are required apparel. ...more

Marijuana proponents to circulate petition >> Government sfleming
MOST SOUGHT AFTER PLANT Jefferson City — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today (Feb. 9, 2015) announced that an initiative petition relating to legalizing marijuana met state standards ...more

What happened to Jody Bucklin? >> Book Reviews jkennedy
by Jack L. Kennedy History blends with mystery, nostalgia with charm in Craig Ewald’s historical novel, Only Jody Knows”. (Author House) Anyone with a broad appetite for good writing, ...more

50 Shades of Grey: Blockbuster or dud? >> Op-Ed lynn-c
By Carla J. Hanna-- It’s fitting that a mommy porn fan fiction spawned from the "Twilight" books and movies will hit theaters in February 2015. As a 40-year-old mother who enjoyed the Twilight ...more

Monastery Road is blocked at Republic Road >> Community staff
Monastery Street has been closed south of Republic Road and east of Kimbrough Avenue, since December 4, 2014. No access to and from Republic Road from Monastery Street will be possible for ...more

Mastering the Diverging Diamond Interchange >> Community staff
The drawing represents the latest Diverging Diamond Interchange to be constructed in Springfield at Battlefield Road and US 65. Work contracted with Hartman and Company of Springfield at a cost of ...more

Where on the Niche list is your school? >> Education staff
The Niche Best K-12 Schools 2015 rankings have been announced with Joplin High School receiving a ranking of 362nd in Missouri with an overall Niche grade of C-. However, the score was based on ...more

Springfield combats cardiac arrest >> Health staff
What do Bass Pro Shops,The Bodysmith, City Utilities of Springfield, DermaHealth, Paul Mueller Company, Rick’s Automotive, and Title Boxing Club have in common? These are places where if you were ...more

New insight on tweeting >> Op-Ed hastings
Rare earth paradise by Sandy Lyon-- Will we dig up paradise to be able to try to tweet a picture of paradise? To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question of our time. So all those little ...more

New Springfield Little Theatre Season is announced >> Calendar of Events staff
LANDERS THEATRE The Springfield Little Theatre, the oldest civic theatre operation of its size in Missouri, and one of the largest in mid-America, has announced its 2014-15 season. The nine ...more

Stone's Throw announces 2014-15 season >> Calendar of Events staff
Volunteers gather in the kitchen during meal preparation and service at the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre in Carthage. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces its upcoming schedule of shows for the ...more

Where to find a recycling center in Springfield >> Community mhaase
City-operated Recycling Centers and Yardwaste Recycling Center announce extended spring/summer schedule The city of Springfield's recycling centers and yard waste recycling center will begin their ...more

Have you considered an alternative to your garden? >> Health staff
Do you not have enough room to grow your own garden, or do you know someone in that situation who would still like to have fresh vegetables throughout the spring, summer, and fall......and even into ...more

Got a clunker you want removed? >> Community staff
The Greene County Extension Council in Springfield, Missouri is hoping to generate money for educational programs and office operations thanks to a partnership with AutoWranglers, a national vehicle ...more

Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call List >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – Legislation was signed into law this week by Gov. Jay Nixon that will allow cell phone users to block unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Co-sponsored by 154 ...more

Top 10 Articles
04-30Host families are needed for May 30-31 datesstaff
04-29To Franceerikpoe
04-29May 2015 events for the Springfield areastaff
04-23Nixa schedules their annual Sucker Daystaff
04-16Open houses are scheduled at MTI-Springfieldnostdick
04-16McKean is named MoDot assistant district engineerstaff
04-15Free dental work is offeredmariwinn
04-13Restitution demanded for cuts to senior programsmfarnen
04-04Gugel rewarded for prior servicestaff
04-04Artists are chosen for Walnut Street eventstaff
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Top 10 Comments
02-17Forida detox center warns against legalizing potkjhelms
When Congress passed a massive spending bill on December 13, 2014, it effectively voted to end the
02-09Vote 'yes'ma-earth
This is a no-brainer, people. Go out and vote "yes." They can't authorize the bond issue without
As a twihard I just wanted to point out that Edward was a virgin. So yes he was 100+ trapped in a
11-17Kellogg and Biologic Livingkal777
If you want to learn more about Dr. Kellogg, check out the new book by Brian C. Wilson, "Dr. John
10-29multistate opposition5399454
Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas and Kansas also have many citizens who are also opposing transmission
10-29Local Solar Powerlean-doc
We love farmers and all they do for us. Private property rights are the basis of our way of life.
08-04Don't be swayed by phony commercialsstaff
Check this YouTube out: 2014-08-04
07-27Moms rally to support Clean Power Planafrank
More than 200 moms and their kids held a demonstration on Capitol Hill on July 9, 2014, to be a
07-27Whose right to farm is it?hnavarro
The "Right to Farm" amendment, Amendment 1, does not protect the rights of Missouri's long-standing
07-26Joplin offers measles vaccinationsl-onstot
Measles vaccinations are being offered by the Joplin City Health Department to all Missouri
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Sound Bites
Eliminating the estate tax “The death tax disproportionately hurts states like Missouri, which relies heavily on agriculture revenue. This tax is often a crushing blow to family business owners and farmers who are trying to plan for the future, which is why I support permanently eliminating it altogether.”

---Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

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04-29Hearnes Blvd. property at auctionzeszutko
Sperry Van Ness Auction Services is conducting an online auction for property located at 3901
04-29City of Joplin land salestaff
The city of Joplin is accepting bids for the purchase of a parcel of property located at 32nd &
04-15Help wanted: Reportersstaff
The Joplin Independent and the Voice of the Ozarks need people interested in attending musical
04-13Seasonal workers are neededstaff
The City of Ozark’s Public Works Department is seeking hard working and self-motivated candidates
03-22Need windows washed, etc.?staff
Have ladder will clean gutters * install your holiday decorationsHonest and relieable * Call for a
03-21Help wanted: Store managersstaff
Orscheln Farm & Home with over 160 stores in nine Midwest states is offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus
03-19Help wanted: Police clerkstaff
The City of Ozarks Police Department is seeking a hardworking and self-motivated candidate to fill
02-17Benefit upland habitatjwallace
Missouri Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is hosting their annual State Habitat Convention on
01-29Gift of love and musicstaff
The Springfield Symphony is now selling their Valentine Package. For $100 one may purchase two
08-21Midway/Hobby air service continues from Bransonjbourk
Non-stop air service will continue to run to Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby) from Branson


Musings with Mari
I just heard a message on TV this morning imploring people to raise objections to President Obama's proposal called "Net Neutrality" and how it would impose fees for the use of the Internet that weren't already imposed. I said to myself, "Hey, wait a minute. Is that like being subjected to rate hikes by utility companies because the government's Federal Utilities Commission generally doesn't object to higher rates, especially if taxes are computed proportionally? The message obviously was...More

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