JOPLIN, Mo. —
This is going to make a lot of people very happy.
The folks at Cici’s Pizza said they would come back to Joplin after the tornado and they are, but not to its previous location in the Bel-Aire Shopping Center.
A new storefront for the popular eatery is under construction in the 1600 block of South Range Line Road.
A company spokesman in Springfield confirmed that the restaurant is rebuilding and could reopen before the end of the year. Details to come.
FUN FOR A CAUSE
WineFeast, one of Ozark Public Television’s longest-running fundraising events, will take place next Sunday at the Joplin Holiday Inn Convention Center.
It’s hard to believe that WineFeast is now in its 23rd year. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, sample some wines, including several from Missouri, and taste some of the best foods from local and area restaurants.
WineFeast will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased at Community Bank and Trust locations or by phone at 417-782-2226. Tickets at the door are $35.
WineFeast will be preceded by the “Spotlight on Wine’’ event from 12:15 to 2 p.m. This is a sit-down presentation in which participants can sample an array of wines that are specifically paired with select foods. The event showcases foods prepared by Scott Teal, executive chef at the Holiday Inn. Participants get a commemorative wine glass and admission to WineFeast.
Tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. To make a reservation, phone 417-782-2226.
Ozark Public Television operates a satellite station, KOZJ, in Joplin. Proceeds from the event offset operating expenses. OPT provides educational programming to a potential viewing audience of 1.6 million people.
ON THE MOVE
Health Solutions of Joplin, 506 S. Main St., has moved to 1201 E. 32nd St. That’s next to Club 1201.
Health Solutions, operated by Angela Horner, is a comprehensive site for men and women for personal training, nutrition and wellness, nutritional supplements, and classes for Pilates and yoga.
The new space is larger than the Main Street location.
“We have more space for aerobics and weights, and we now have showers,’’ Horner said. “Of course, we still have our protein smoothies, which are very nutritional and very popular.’’
Bennett’s Donuts is now Heavenly Donuts, 1915 S. Main St.
The new store is co-owned by Tim Pahlow and his father-in-law, Jim Sorden, who has operated a doughnut shop on the Lamar square for 30 years or so. Sorden operated a Heavenly Donuts shop on Maiden Lane in Joplin in the 1980s.
Pahlow said he plans to offer a variety of cake doughnuts, gourmet cinnamon rolls, Danishes and cream horns on a daily basis. Service at the drive-through window will be upgraded.
Also for breakfast will be sausage rolls, jalapeno rolls, breakfast sandwich rolls, and biscuits and gravy.
From time to time, I write about things that are not on Range Line Road or Main Street that have nothing to do with openings or closings, or the news of the day.
This is one of those times when I’m going to veer off course. It has to do with a rock, the flag, our schools, the winds of change and a man named Loyd Combs.
Combs, who has a background in geology, was a member of the Joplin School Board for many years. During his tenure, he thought it would be a good idea to have a big limestone boulder brought to the grassy commons area of Joplin High School. He thought it could serve as an instructional tool to show how limestone weathers in the elements. He had a hole drilled through it so that water could spill over its sides. It all came together with some help from some unnamed members of the community, and from a student who simply walked up and volunteered to help.
Eventually, a retaining wall and patio were built around it, and rose bushes and flowers were added. Then came the winds of change that destroyed everything but the rock. Today, the flag flies over the rock as construction equipment moves around it in the rebuilding of the high school. It’s about all that is left now.
When people see that rock under the flag, I’m sure it inspires a moment of reflection. For Combs, who’s 89 now, it’s pretty simple.
“It’s symbolic of our schools and their permanency,” he told me. “They are anchored on solid rock under the protection of our flag. That rock remains regardless of how strong the winds blow.’’
If you have news about something that’s happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 623-3480, ext. 7250; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 623-8598.