By Linda Greer
Armed with a floral knife and a basket of colorful flowers, design instructor Frankie Shelton told a class of flower-shop owners Wednesday that they can’t “sell an empty wagon.”
Relating how she lost a potential customer many years ago because the flower case was empty at closing time, Shelton told the students to always keep their coolers filled with “a bunch of stuff ready to go.”
The business tip was one of many that Shelton, a designer, teacher and motivational speaker from Houston, Texas, shared with students during a three-day seminar at Countryside Flowers, 109 E. 39th St., in Joplin.
While receiving her diploma, Shawn Wiland said: “Flowers are a beautiful thing to me. I want to show them off.”
Wiland, who started at Countryside Flowers as a delivery driver before becoming a design apprentice, said, “I don’t drive the truck anymore, and I don’t just feel like a delivery person.”
Shelton said she especially enjoys teaching the craft to students who otherwise would never be able to attend a design school.
“I like to take my knowledge to the grass roots, especially where people can’t get to a school,” she said of her 35 years of experience.
As she created a “memory garden” display, Shelton rejected a lily with blooms facing away from each other, saying the “divisive” flower produced a negative feeling. This segment of her seminar focused on funeral-flower arrangements.
The 10 students ranged from flower-shop owners hoping to breathe fresh air into their arrangements to housewives striving to create the newest displays.
Student Sharon Moravitis, a Freeman Health System gift shop volunteer, said she is a total novice.
“What do I do next?” Moravitis asked Shelton.
Shelton told the beginners to get silk flowers in various sizes and colors for line, mass and filler, and then “practice, practice, practice.” She said the skill eventually will present itself.
By Linda Greer
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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