Three early childhood programs in the Carthage R-9 school system that have led vagabond lifestyles for the past few years will have new permanent homes, hopefully right after New Years 2015.
The abduction and killing of a 12-year-old Golden City girl, the parking lot shooting of a university coach, and the murder of a Parsons, Kan., mother and her three children shocked the area as details of each story unfolded. The top headlines of the year, as selected by Globe editors and staff members, weren’t all crime-related, however.
The documentary film “Deadline in Disaster” was named best foreign language film on Sunday at the third China Academy Awards of Documentary Film in Beijing. The film, which was screened in Joplin in 2012 and has been shown on Public Broadcasting Service stations across Missouri, follows the staff of The Joplin Globe in the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, tornado.
One of my favorite wintertime activities is to be outdoors hiking or playing in the snow. The other is to come inside from the cold, curl up under a quilt and read a good book. I have tried doing so under afghans, crocheted by both my grandma and my next-door neighbor, but my toes and fingers always poked through.
Maybe it’s because there’s just a little bit of a wanna-be actor or actress in all of us. Maybe we want to be entertained with crazy antics, or maybe we just enjoy being voyeurs at the table side of a good story.
The 2014 legislative session hasn’t even started, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers already are arguing about money. Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, are criticizing the governor’s decision to reject the revenue estimate earlier agreed on as the basis for spending plans for the coming year.
It has been decades since Wilma Fay Stephens welcomed her younger son, John, home for the holidays. This year, she set up a small Christmas tree in her Joplin home and sent $100 to the California prison where John has been on death row since the late ’90s.
A policy amendment approved by the Kansas Board of Regents earlier in December has left employees of public universities in Kansas concerned about their rights to free speech and has stirred a national First Amendment debate.
More than 60 species of birds, from cardinals to wrens, were expected to be tallied in Joplin on Saturday in the Christmas Bird Count, an annual public science survey to provide data on bird population trends.
Don’t ask me when El Vaquero will reopen, but it’s getting really close. When you see a guy sweeping the parking lot, that’s a sure sign an opening is imminent.