By Greg Grisolano
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Band members Thomas Foster and Jacob Foster are hoping for better weather at next year’s Rose Bowl parade after getting rained on in 2006.
“I just remember being really wet, and it was really loud wherever we went,” said Thomas Foster, 17, a drummer in the Webb City High School Cardinal Pride Band.
Although not related, the Fosters share the unique experience of having marched in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade as eighth-graders in 2006. Now, as members of the Cardinal Pride Band, the pair will be going back to Pasadena, Calif., next winter, along with about 140 other band members.
The Cardinal Pride Band has been invited to march in the parade, which precedes the Rose Bowl, for the second time in school history.
“This is considered the biggest parade of them all,” said Diana Williams, director of bands at Webb City High School. “It’s quite an honor, especially with all the applications they receive. It says a lot for the kids and the community.”
The band is the only band from Missouri and one of only 15 bands that will march before an audience of more than a million people on Jan. 1, 2010. The Cardinals previously were invited to march in the parade in 2006.
The estimated cost of the trip will be $1,000 per student. Mike Moore, president of the Cardinal Pride Band Boosters, said the group will travel cross-country via bus this time rather than flying, because of the state of the economy.
“We’re looking at a 30-hour motor-coach trip,” Moore said. “The issue of fund raising, particularly in an economic climate like this, is challenging.”
Williams said the band members will be primarily responsible for raising the money to take the trip. She said the group is planning several community-oriented fund-raisers to help cover expenses.
By Greg Grisolano
- Joplin Metro
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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