Recycling agencyto accept appliances

The Joplin Recycling Department begins a two-day collection period for disposal of household appliances today.

The free collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday at the Recycling Center, 1310 W. A St.

Items to be accepted are stoves, ovens, freezers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners, microwave ovens, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers and humidifiers. The specified items will be accepted with or without Freon.

Large appliances are banned from Missouri and Kansas landfills.

The collection is for residential appliances only. No commercial appliances will be accepted. Businesses may call the recycling coordinator for guidance on disposal of their appliances.

Information: Mary Anne Phillips, recycling coordinator, 624-0820, Ext. 210.

Junior rangerprogram scheduled

DIAMOND, Mo. - The Summer Junior Ranger Program at George Washington Carver National Monument has taken off, and there are still a few openings for children ages 10 to 12 who are interested in natural-resource subjects.

The classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and then on June 14, 21 and 28, and for Carver Day on July 12.

Details and reservations: (417) 325-4151.

Town needs recordof volunteer effort

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - The city of Carl Junction needs an additional favor from people who came to town to help clean up after the May 4 tornado.

City Administrator Joe Barfield said the city is trying to compile a list of people who volunteered so the value of the man-hours may be applied to the 25 percent match required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal assistance.

The city would like to know the days and hours worked, what kind of equipment was used and where.

Volunteers may call City Hall at (417) 649-7237 or stop by 800 E. Pennell St.

Barfield said the city tried to record volunteers at the time, but there were many "who just came into town and started working."

Golf tournamentslated as benefit

The sixth Hickey Huckle Golf Tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin.

The format is a four-person scramble. The event is open to any male or female amateur player.

The registration fee is $1,000 per team and $250 per individual. The fee covers greens fees, luncheon, dinner, entertainment and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the 2004 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition.

The two major hole-in-one prizes are a Steinway grand piano, sponsored by the Steinway Piano Gallery in Springfield, and a Honda Accord, sponsored by Roper Automotive in Joplin. In addition to cash prizes for the winning teams, many prizes will be awarded for longest drives and shots closest to holes.

The tournament is named for Larry and Virginia Hickey, supporters of the piano competition.

Chamber panel tabsbeauty-spot winners

NEOSHO, Mo. - Beverly Johnson and Ruby's Beauty Shoppe are this summer's first winners in the Flower Box Beauty Spot contest in Neosho.

The annual event is sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce Flower Box Promotion Committee. Johnson, who lives at 1230 Reid Road, will receive a $20 gift certificate from Fausett Greenhouses. Ruby's Beauty Shoppe is located at 216 E. Main St.

The committee is accepting nominations for the recognition through July 24.

Information: (417) 451-1925.

Speeders targetof crackdown

NEOSHO, Mo. - Newton County sheriff's deputies will be keeping a more diligent eye out for speeders within the county now that they have a state grant to help pay for overtime hours.

The sheriff's office has received a Traffic Safety Grant of $5,000 from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The money is earmarked for overtime costs associated with speed enforcement within targeted areas of the county.

The Sheriff's Department has been researching the zones within the county that have the highest number of speed-related traffic accidents. Deputies will work in groups of two in these zones at various times from now until the end of September, when the grant expires, to enforce speeding laws.

Missouri State Highway Patrol statistics for 2000-02 show that Newton County's unincorporated areas ranked 10th in the state for speed-related accidents (640) and ninth in the state for personal-injury and fatality accidents (874).

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