COVID-19 has upended the world and the economy, with massive changes to retail, which means the holiday shopping season is likely to look very different in 2020. However, the National Retail Federation estimates consumers will still spend an average of nearly $1,000 this year on gifts, decor…
Over the years, my columns have discussed change, innovation, the news media, community revitalization, tourism and transformation. As you have come to realize, I love using quotes from some of the historical greats. This column is devoted to some of those quotes and how they relate to the t…
Dear Dave: My wife and I have two kids and one on the way. We’re debt-free except for our home, and we have our emergency fund in place. We’ve also been saving for retirement, with me putting 15% into a 401(k) and her putting 10% into her retirement account. On top of all this, we’re putting…
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers might not be able to hold a yard sale and are looking to sell some unwanted items through other avenues. Consumers planning to sell items online should be careful so they don’t become scam victims.
There is plenty to like about the new Lincoln Nautilus aside from its name change. The former MKX is now old hat, and for 2020, its Select trim has also vanished, leaving Standard, Reserve and Black Label, the latter two presumably likened to fine blended scotch.
Dear Dave: I just saved up my $1,000 beginner emergency fund, and I’m looking at paying off my car and credit card debt — a total of $3,400 — by the end of January. Before I started your plan, I took out a $7,500 student loan to pay for my fall and spring semesters. I still have a year of sc…
With millions of people laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19, competition for seasonal employment this holiday season will be fierce. Shipping companies and online retailers such as Amazon have seen their business boom as the pandemic has driven online shopping through the roof, and it…
NEOSHO — On Saturday, the Neosho Farmers Market hosted its third annual Handmade Holiday Market. The weather was sunny and warm for the event that featured 46 vendors offering handcrafted wares, food and beverages to attract Christmas shoppers.
Building a successful town or community doesn't happen by accident. It takes effort coupled with effective strategies employed by the community to determine success. Each community will have a different recipe for success, but like the best dishes contain many of the same basic ingredients s…
Following a full makeover last year, the midsize Nissan Altima adds some finishing touches on its new sedan. First up, it’s an attractive car earning stablemate status with Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and its available engine technology scores a resiliency few others can claim.
Dear Dave: I recently received my master’s degree in finance, and for the past four years, I’ve had a job as a social worker. I love my job and have a decent income, but I know I could make more money and come closer to reaching my full potential in the finance industry.
REPUBLIC, Mo. — The city of Republic and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that Amazon plans to open a distribution center in Republic.
The holidays are all about celebrating what’s good, but that doesn’t mean scammers are taking a vacation. The Better Business Bureau reminds consumers that con artists see busy, overburdened shoppers as likely targets for their schemes.
In today’s challenging COVID-19 economic environment, the case for robust downtown revitalization has never been greater. The value of this revitalization has never been higher.
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest" in some areas.
Perhaps the biggest advantage the Volkswagen Jetta holds in the market is the lack of meaningful competition. Aside from the Subaru WRX, the German automaker is in the catbird seat, and for good reason.
Dear Dave: I’ve been trying to get my sister and her husband on your plan, but they’re hesitant to try living on a budget. They make good money, and both of them think doing a budget every month would be too difficult and take too much time. Do you have any suggestions I could pass along tha…
Unemployment fell for the Joplin metro area for the fifth month in a row, hitting 4.2% in September, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
When the temperature outside drops, the last thing anyone wants is for the furnace to stop working. But when it does, you need a reliable contractor — and fast.
Recently, I read a story in The Wall Street Journal discussing the state of Mississippi and its need to decommission more than 100 bridges. The reasons for these closings are twofold: First, the bridges have simply deteriorated to dangerous levels, which can lead to accidents. Second, the st…
Dear Dave: A friend recently told me about you and your teachings about money. While we were talking, she mentioned something called a “legacy drawer” for important papers. Can you explain more about this?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudsters have found various ways to perpetrate scams. With many people working remotely, the chance of scammers taking advantage of companies through fake invoice scams is high.
NEOSHO, Mo. — As Missouri Walnut concentrates more on finished lumber, it is moving away from milling, and that could affect up to 60 workers by the end of the year.
NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho City Council recently approved a variance to the municipal golf course liquor license, allowing vendors to offer taste-testing events during tournaments.
A fundraising campaign to construct the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment complex in downtown Joplin has exceeded its original $16 million goal, organizers announced Monday morning.
On the north wall of Covert Electric Supply, 202 N. Main St., two artists have been using a lift for several days to paint a mural welcoming people to one entrance of the Joplin Arts District.
Joplin residents will learn the outcome of a recent public survey taken on the future of Ewert Park and pool as well as concepts for revamping them at a public meeting Tuesday.
While the proponents of a lease for Joplin's baseball fields and stadiums say they intend to work with other organizations that book athletic events, the Joplin Sports Authority wants the Joplin City Council to put the deal on hold.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and Spire, the natural gas distribution company, provided up to 250 trees to Carl Junction residents Saturday in an effort to help restore the landscape after a tornado damaged hundreds of properties in 2019.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A federal judge sentenced a former Aurora business owner to eight years in prison Friday in connection with the defrauding of client companies, a Missouri bank, a Native American tribe and other victims in schemes potentially involving more than $30 million.
As auto manufacturers wrestle with how much pure electric technology consumers want, several cars have emerged beyond Tesla that will move you along several hundred miles before needing a charge.
Dear Dave: I decided a couple of years ago to start following your plan. Part of getting out of debt for me included paying off my car. I’m taking your advice and saving up to pay cash for my next vehicle. I know you like mutual funds, so should I put the money I’m setting aside for that pur…
Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings with it a wave of appeals to donate to breast cancer charities. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to research charities and cause-related products carefully before making a donation or buying a pink-ribbon product.
Freeman Health System said this week that it has completed major renovations to one of four catheterization labs at the Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute.
Community leadership should encourage local residents to hop on the hyperlocal bandwagon when shopping. Oftentimes, communities overlook the largest inexcusable local item in their spending bucket. How businesses and governments spend local dollars — inside or outside the community — is crit…
Th niche Compass from Jeep appeals to the mild off-road enthusiast who has a need for more space than the subcompact Renegade offers and for less coin than step-up Cherokee models. But there are some drawbacks to the Compass that may have you looking elsewhere.
Dear Dave: Do you have suggestions on how to interact with debt collectors? Sometimes they are reasonable and easy to work with, but others are rude and pushy. Your advice would be appreciated.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time for consumers and businesses to look at their online security measures. Promoted by the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, the month is designed to raise the awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.
If your family needs require seating for up to eight in a good-sized SUV that is greener than most, Toyota has a new Highlander hybrid that has your name on it. Looking larger than its midsize designation, there is also a new four-cylinder engine replacing an outgoing six-banger.
With many school districts turning to virtual learning this year due to COVID-19, parents might be thinking about their children’s tutoring needs.
This Week's Circulars
Linda Jane Thomas, 69, Nevada, MO, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at her home in Nevada following a lengthy illness. Janie was born October 22, 1951 in Broken Arrow, NE, to John T. and Evelyn (Elliott) Friel. She was united in marriage to Dennis Thomas on June 15, 1969, in Walker,…
MONETT, MO - James D. Oliver, 61, a Xerox technician, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020. Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin.
ORONOGO, MO - Myra A. Rains, 56, a homemaker, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020. Celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Christpoint Church, Galena, KS. Arrangements by Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.
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- Joplin goes after United Airlines service
- Carthage swim team earns $10,000 for injured coach
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- Virus impact on teachers poses concern for Joplin School District
- Wally Kennedy: New coffee shop coming; medical marijuana dispensary set to open
- Mercy hospital workers grateful for meals provided by restaurant owner during pandemic