The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

November 30, 2012

Joplin holiday celebrations get warm reception

JOPLIN, Mo. — The decorations and carols made it look and sound like Christmas — but many Joplin area residents were in their shirtsleeves and light jackets on Friday night when they gathered to see the unveiling of holiday windows at Joplin City Hall.

“Last year it was cold and the year before it was snowing,” said Joplin City Councilman Gary Shaw, who presided at the event and a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony that followed at Spiva Park.

The weather probably helped bring out the larger-than-normal crowd for the unveiling, said Patrick Tuttle, director of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Children, along with parents, grandparents and other spectators, clustered on the sidewalk around the building at Sixth and Main streets as curtains were pulled back to reveal a Route 66 Christmas with scenes from Chicago, Ill., to Santa Monica, Calif.

Youngsters seemed most interested in a depiction of Schifferdecker Park, where a Christmas elf was pushing Santa in a swing. Also popular were vintage toys used in some other scenes, plus a 40-foot model train display in operation inside City Hall by members of the Joplin Model Railroad Club.

Kristen Cox, Joplin, said her two young sons wanted to come see the display, adding “and I did too.”

Patsy Terrell, of Hutchinson, Kan., said she timed a visit to Joplin so she could be at the unveiling.

“I love Christmas, and I love what they’ve done here,” she said. “I love the nostalgia and the atmosphere; it’s such a cool part of Christmas past. It’s making memories for the little kids; these will be things they remember about their hometown.”

Shaw credited City Clerk Barbara Hogelin and volunteers June Stokes and Dixie Boyd Carter for their efforts organizing and constructing the display. A holiday window display has been a feature at City Hall since 2009, as an homage to history and to the elaborate holiday displays that were in the building when it was Newman’s department store.

Performances of the “Living Christmas Tree” are scheduled through Monday at Ozark Christian College, with “A Seussified Christmas Carol” today and Sunday at Missouri Southern State University. Dickensfest, a production of the historic Murphysburg District, will be Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9, and the KCS Holiday Express train will stop in Joplin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Joplin parade

Among other highlights of the season are the annual Joplin Jaycees Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Tuesday, preceded by a party at Central Christian Center, 417 S. Main St.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 072214 Diamond Llama 1.jpg Llama on the loose tours downtown Diamond

    A lost llama on the lam hoofed it down Main Street here today before it took refuge in a fenced yard that had only one way in and out.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Thunderstorms possible overnight in Joplin area

    Thunderstorms are expected to develop across northern Missouri late today and could move south into the area this evening and overnight, according to a hazardous weather outlook issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service.

    July 22, 2014

  • 071514 KC Atkins 3.jpg SLIDESHOW: Treasures of Tut Through Sept. 7, “The Discovery of King Tut” will draw tens of thousands of visitors to Kansas City’s Union Station to discover the history and mystery of the most famous Pharaoh who ever reigned over the Nile Valley.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Iraq_Cast(4).jpg Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along.

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • Kevin Cure resigns as counsel for county commission in wake of Galena landfill debate

    In the wake of a Cherokee County landfill controversy, Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the county’s Board of Commissioners since 2005, submitted a hand-written resignation to the board on Monday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Area residents pessimistic about state of the economy

    Joplin’s employment rate is better than the statewide average, but many area residents “still feel like they’re in a recession,” an economist told a group of public officials and business leaders today.

    July 22, 2014