Firsthand Focus is a new weekly video feature, produced by Globe intern Sam Zoltanski, that looks at the stories you may not know from around the Joplin area.
Plants pull double-duty
July in Missouri never fails to live up to our expectations when it comes to heat and humidity. Regardless of how we humans feel about it; mosquitoes love it. It’s their favorite time of year.
Cheryle Finley: Plenty of opinions exist about dips
Unlike the dip Sarah called me or the one being taken by lots of folks in their pools, let's talk about the dip in the refrigerator we associate with appetizers.
Explore: K.C. trip offers themed lodging, food, nightlife and a ‘mazing’ experience
I make friends fast. When I travel I look for folks who — like me — enjoy making new friends and having fun. On a recent trip to Kansas City I hit the “new friend” jackpot.
Volunteer vigor: Teen wins national award for service efforts at Carver park
Volunteerism is so ingrained in Ashley Burns' life that she hopes to remain a volunteer as long as possible. "I could live with that for the rest of my life," she said.
Rich Brown: Church, pastor celebrate 45 years of service together
In 1969, John Newberry went door-to-door seeking members for a new church in Joplin. He found enough, and Bethel Baptist Church took root.
Linda Cannon: 'Freak' authors explain their unique thought processes
In 2006, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner wrote the huge best-seller "Freakonomics" and followed it up in 2009 with "Superfreakonomics." Now they bring us "Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain."
Ryan Richardson: Fleas flourish in warm summer months
Judging by your emails and calls over the past two weeks, I think we might already have a flea problem on our hands in the Four States.
Mustangs to stampede to Joplin next week
This stampede of Mustangs will roll by, not gallop.
Syncfest pairs music with outdoor activities
A campground in Redings Mill will host a two-day music festival with plenty of activities.
Sound idea: Music festival retooled into a fundraiser for museum
The event is a music festival featuring a variety of musical acts, from country to rock, from original songs to '90s cover songs. Food vendors and camping are also available.
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