When the international company Owens Corning announced three weeks ago that it would bring 100 jobs and a $90 million investment to Joplin, the work to land the new operation was financed, in part, by an annual payment of $335,000 the city of Joplin makes to the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce for economic development.
Nearly 30 events — including food tastings, dance lessons, musical performances and presentations on history and literature — are scheduled this fall as part of Missouri Southern State University's annual themed semester, which this year celebrates Spain.
Throughout the past six decades, this country has seen a lot. In 1955, the first McDonald’s restaurant opened, and folks were just learning about a new board game called Scrabble. The year that took one generation’s enlightener, Albert Einstein, gave birth to two others — former Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates.