From staff reports

Title company changes name

Jasper County Title Co. Inc., is changing its name to The Title Place, effective June 1.

"The name change will allow us to work anywhere and to expand our vision without always having to deal with the name. It also does not limit our scope when customers outside the area are looking for a title company in Southwest Missouri," said Nancy Good, owner.

Jasper County Title has six offices. "People will recognize us as the same title company as we continue to grow and expand. The only thing changing is the name," Good said. "Ownership is still the same."

The company name change will be accompanied by an updated logo and a redesign of the company's Web site at

Details: (417)-623-2961.

Sitton receives safety award

Sitton Motor Lines, based n Joplin, was recently awarded first place in the general commodities truckload/line-haul division in the 50 million to 100 million miles category of the ATA National Truck Safety Contest.

The award marks 10 years in a row that the company has placed in the top three of the nation's two leading safety contests.

Sitton is as an irregular route common and contract carrier throughout the United States.

Details: 1-800-533-4765.

People in business

Scott Bryson, who joined Precious Moments Inc. in August as regional director of sales, has been named vice president of sales for the privately held company. Bryson began his sales career with Precious Moments in the late 1980s. After nine years with the company, he was tabbed by Roman Inc., of Roselle, Ill., to lead the company's sales division. At Roman, he was responsible for an in-house sales force and more than 100 independent sales representatives, generating $125 million in annual sales.

Sara Johnston, of Joplin, has been awarded a $2,500 college scholarship by LaBarge, Inc.

Johnston is a two-time recipient of the award, having previously received a LaBarge scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic year. Johnston is a graduate of Joplin High School, and will be a junior at Missouri Southern State University this fall.

The LaBarge Scholarship Program awards up to four college scholarships annually to outstanding students who are children or grandchildren of LaBarge employees.

The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual community awards. The winners were the Bulldog Youth Athletic Association, beautification award; Carl Junction Cultivators Club, civic and community award; Parents As Teachers Program, health promotion and family concerns award; Carl Junction Senior Center, most progressive adult organization; Carl Junction Methodist Church, benevolent concerns award; Curtis Ware, youth leadership award; Lisa Northup's Fourth Grade Class, junior youth group award; Carl Junction Student Council, senior youth group award; Bruner Drug, business of the year; Bank of Joplin, new business of the year; Karen Fritchey with The Joplin Globe, chamber member of the year; Ron Forbis, outstanding senior citizen, and Norma Thomas, citizen of the year.

Kathleen Hance and Jean Roy were both presented with life-time memberships to the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce. They were recognized for restarting the chamber in 1975 and working to keep it active.

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