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Thomas Hart Benton’s 125th birthday marked with exhibitions in area
The occasion of Thomas Hart Benton’s 125th birthday is being celebrated in several communities with ties to the famous 20th century artist. An exhibit of seldom-seen works by Benton goes on display on the main floor at Joplin City Hall today, the anniversary of Benton’s birth in 1889. Cake and punch will be served from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Mike Pound: Shopping with daughter can be embarrassing
The nice lady stared at me for a second as she walked into the store. “Just checking me out,” I said to myself and smiled as she passed by. A few seconds later, another nice lady — this one much younger than the first — also stared at me as she walked past and into the store. “Yep, I’ve still got it,” I said to myself.
Mother in starved-child case sentenced to 15 years
Quoting Scripture and begging for mercy and forgiveness, Beth Williams was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for her role in a child-abuse case that culminated two years ago with her severely underweight daughter clinging to life at a Joplin hospital.
Online petition seeks to help Shell Knob teacher get work visa
In less than 24 hours, more than 100 people have signed a petition asking for government assistance in getting a valid work visa for a man who is wrapping up his first year as physical education teacher in Shell Knob.
Sexual abuse of girl draws prison term
A Seneca man pleaded guilty Monday to the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl more than four years ago and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jason C. Brown, 38, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to a single count of first-degree statutory sodomy in a plea deal that dismissed a second count that he was facing, limited the prison time he might receive to no more than 15 years and waived his right to a sentencing-assessment report.
Mike Seibert elected new mayor of Joplin
Joplin’s new mayor pledged Monday night that the city will operate with more transparency and that work toward redevelopment will be the City Council’s priority. Mike Seibert, who withstood a challenge by another incumbent councilman in last Tuesday’s election to be the Zone 4 councilman, was elected mayor by a unanimous vote of the panel Monday night.
Jazz concerts on tap this week at MSSU
The Southern Jazz Combos from Missouri Southern State University will offer two performances this week.
Webb City Farmers Market to open for season tomorrow
Spring may have temporarily abandoned the area, but the Webb City Farmers Market is declaring tomorrow the beginning of the regular season.
Joplin tanning salon owner opposes posed regulation
A Joplin business owner spoke last week in opposition to legislation that would impose a fine on tanning salons if they don’t get parental consent before allowing minors to use their tanning beds.
Original plays bring to life topics that can be all too real to teens
The first line of Pittsburg High School’s coming theater production asks: “Do you ever take time to look around you? To truly see?” The answer, at least for students who have been in Greg Shaw’s theater classes for the past seven years, is “yes.”
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