Christmas Eve shopping at the Webb City Farmers Market

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Small businesses were cashing in on some last-minute shopping in Webb City.

Many gathered this morning, at the “Webb City Farmers Market”.

Around 15 vendors were there to display their businesses in the market.

All the items for sale are locally produced, including jewelry, arts and crafts, and food items like raw honey, baked sweets, and fresh fruit.

Folks also enjoyed a hot breakfast, along with Mexican coffee.

Santa Claus also made a final appearance, before his busy route kicked off earlier tonight.

“At this venue, the Farmers Market is a venue for them to do business and if it weren’t for somebody like us, they would not have a place to sell their goods. So we provide that environment for them and they appreciate us,” said Rick Hamilton, Volunteer.

The market is open weekly all year round, each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the enclosed and heated pavilions at “King Jack Park”.

Over 1,000 wreaths placed on Veteran headstones at Mt. Hope Cemetery

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of volunteers spent a very cold Saturday morning honoring the lives of local veterans.

1,100 wreaths were placed on every single Veteran’s headstone at “Mt. Hope Cemetery” in Webb City.

It’s the first time the “Wreaths Across America” event was held at the cemetery as a nationally recognized day.

Volunteers from many local organizations made it happen, including “CFI” bringing the wreaths in patriotic trucks.

“Wreaths Across America” volunteer Susie Crutcher started planning this over a year ago, bringing hundreds within the community together to ensure that no fallen veteran is forgotten this holiday season.

“The importance of today is mainly to remember the fallen and to honor them and their service. And then to also teach the young people about the freedoms we enjoy and how we got those freedoms,” said Lt. Colonel Dustin Elder, Webb City Junior Rotc Instructor.

“It makes me proud, it makes me proud that the public comes out and recognizes our fallen, our you know, our veterans that have served our nation with pride and honor. CFI, of course, has supported Wreaths Across America for ten years now, better part of ten years, I believe, with over 50 loads of wreaths that we’ve delivered in National Cemeteries across the Nation,” said Tim Hicks, Senior Operations Manager, CFI.

The wreaths brought in by “CFI” came all the way from Maine.

Camp Quality holds holiday party in King Jack Park

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Kids and parents of “Camp Quality Ozarks” gathered in Webb City today to celebrate the holiday season.

Camp Quality held a party this afternoon at a pavilion in Webb City’s “King Jack Park.”

After checking in, each party-goer received a free “Camp Quality” sweater.

Campers and their families participated in several activities, including games, coloring, and wood projects in “Santa’s Workshop.”

Even Santa made it down from the North Pole to visit the kids. What’s a party without food? There were PLENTY of snacks to be had.

“Camp Quality Ozarks” is a year-long support program for kids with cancer and their families.

The organization is also known for its big summer camp that takes every year.

“They don’t worry if maybe they don’t have hair, or if something is going on, they know that here they get to just be a kid and that’s our goal,” said Kristin Patterson, Executive Director, Camp Quality Ozarks.

Those who attended today’s holiday party also got the chance to ride “The Polar Express,” a train that runs the length of Webb City’s King Jack Park.

Camp Quality’s next event is a “Mom’s Day Out” and a “Dad’s Day Out,” which will take place next spring.

Webb City students are sprucin' doors up with holiday spirit

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Some Webb City students are showing off their holiday spirit. Teams are putting together Christmas themes on doors throughout the Junior High School.

There are plenty of Christmas trees and Santas but also Snowmen, The Grinch, Christmas-themed movies, and a reimagining of Santa’s domain as a goat farm. The ideas are both colorful and creative.

“They’re bringing in a lot of things I think from home to make it look festive, some ornaments, some lights. We do have some coffee cans hanging to simulate the paint cans from “Home Alone.” So you could see almost anything on these doors,” said Tamara Ponce, WCJHS Principal.

Christmas is filtering into other projects on campus — including building gingerbread houses and dressing in holiday colors.

Former Webb City teacher and coach to serve as new Royal Heights Principal

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Schools announced Royal Heights’ newest Principal Thursday.

Bre Faircloth, a graduate of Webb City High School, will step into the role with extensive education experience from teaching to coaching.

Faircloth began as a first grade teacher at Webb City Schools where she worked for six years. She also served as the WC assistant girls’ basketball coach for nine years before joining Joplin Schools in June of this year as Assistant Principal at Irving Elementary.

“It is my absolute honor to become a part of the Royal Heights family,” said Faircloth. “I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff, and community members. I know there are amazing things happening at Royal Heights and our team will continue to build on those things. I also want to express gratitude toward my Irving team. They have been completely supportive of me and have made me feel welcomed. I am eager to get started in this new position.”

Faircloth holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Missouri Southern State University and a Masters of Science in Education Leadership from Arkansas Sate University.

Webb City, Granby natives among 19 troopers to graduate MSHP Law Enforcement Academy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Nineteen new troopers are set to graduate from Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy – some of whom are from the area.

A graduation ceremony on December 22nd in Jefferson City will be livestreamed as the 115th Recruit Class is sworn in. Four awards for the class will also be presented in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics.

The names and hometowns as well as the first assignments of each of the 115th Recruit Class can be found below:

  • Troop A
    • Hunolt, Alexander C., Rutledge, MO, Zone 5, Ray/Carroll Counties
    • O`Hara, Colten J., Pierce City, MO, Zone 9, Lafayette County
    • Williams, Ty R., Granby, MO, Zone 15, Henry County
  • Troop B
    • Billings, Jorden R., Bowling Green, Zone 3, Linn/Chariton Counties
    • Munch, Carter L., Hannibal, MO, Zone 3, Linn/Chariton Counties
  • Troop C
    • Ashley, Michael J., Jefferson City, MO, Zone 8, St. Charles County
    • Carson, Lyndon T., Kirkwood, MO, Zone 2, North St. Louis County
    • Kelly, Melissa L., Greenville, IL, Zone 8, St. Charles County
    • O`Sullivan, Timothy J., Imperial, MO, Zone 2, North St. Louis County
    • Roberts, Benjamin C., Mountain Grove, MO, Zone 1, North St. Louis County
  • Troop D
    • Daniels, Aaron B., Webb City, MO, Zone 12, Christian County
  • Troop E
    • Jones, Logan M., Miner, MO, Zone 9, Pemiscot/New Madrid Counties
  • Troop F
    • Koester, Jordan A., Coulterville, IL, Zone 15, Callaway County
  • Troop G
    • Edens, Caz A.C., Ramona, CA, Zone 5, Douglas/Ozark Counties
    • Poynter, Nathaniel B., Houston, MO, Zone 2, Texas/Wright Counties
  • Troop H
    • Matthews, Russell A., Fredericktown, MO, Zone 1, Atchison/Holt Counties
    • Tanner, Joshua M., St. Charles, MO, Zone 10, Daviess/DeKalb Counties
  • Troop I
    • Baird, Macy T., Farmer City, IL, Zone 9, Crawford County
    • Sutton, Logan T., Clarksville, MO, Zone 3, Crawford County

The Webb City Christmas Parade is tonight!

WEBB CITY, Mo. — One more local Christmas parade is on the schedule in Webb City, it starts at 6:30 p.m.

It’ll run along Main Street, starting at 2nd, and will head North to Aylor.

There are 52 entries this year, with Santa, of course, making an appearance at the end.

We have part of our KODE & KSN family in the parade.

We’ll also show you some of tonight’s fun, on our 10 p.m. newscasts.

What makes Christmas taste like Christmas to you?

WEBB CITY, Mo. — What candy makes Christmas taste like Christmas in your household?

“That’s a very interesting question, and it might be that if we got ten people together and asked them what candy makes Christmas for you, we’d get ten different answers,” said Charles Spencer, Owner, Spencer’s Sweet Call.

Whether it’s ribbon candy, a chocolate snowman, candy canes, or peppermint bark – it plays a role in your Christmas traditions and memories.

“People do have a lot of associations between memory and food, memory and taste. And so, if we can recreate those memories for ourselves, if we can have that taste that, ‘this always said Christmas to me,’ and then pass that to the next generation, I think there’s a lot of joy and celebration in the season in that,” said Spencer.

The building that’s now home to Spencer’s Sweet Call has hosted different candy shops since 1913 – providing decades of Christmas traditions fueled by your family’s
sweet memories.

“We listen to people and they tell us what Christmas is at their house, and then if at all possible, we set ourselves up to make that candy. So, we make lots of candy canes and there’s a long tradition here in Webb City of candy canes of all different sizes. And so, we have to be ready. If somebody comes in and they want a four-foot-long candy cane, we’re ready to make a four-foot-long candy cane,” said Spencer.

No matter what candy tastes like Christmas for you – Spencer says providing Christmas candy staples for local families is important to them each year.

Joplin woman killed trying to cross busy roadway

Approximate location of the crash on Hwy 171 across from Joplin Airport (Google Maps).

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin woman was hit and killed Thursday morning as she tried to cross a busy road near Joplin’s airport.

Police say around 6:15 AM Cheyanne Funk, 22, of Joplin was struck by a vehicle while crossing State Hwy 171 near Swede Lane, in front of the Joplin Airport.

Funk was declared dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner.

Police said Funk was attempting to cross the busy road on foot, in the rain, and was nearly struck by a vehicle in the outside lane of the eastbound traffic. She was then hit by a vehicle on the inside lane of the eastbound traffic.

Joplin’s Major Crash Team is investigating the crash, and said the driver of the vehicle involved was not injured. This marks the 9th fatal crash in Joplin in 2022.

Legendary Webb City football coach announces retirement

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A legend in local high school football announces he’s retiring.

Webb City High School Coach John Roderique made the announcement Monday:

“I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community, school, and Webb City Football. For the past 26 years, I’ve been able to do what I love—every single day. What an honor and privilege it has been. Thank you to the administrators, teachers, and staff. And, special thanks to the assistant coaches and young men who have poured their hearts into our program.”

Webb City Football is rooted in pride and tradition and I stand firm on the quote that ‘Great things can be accomplished when everyone works together and nobody cares who gets the credit.’ This quote epitomizes the players and coaches I’ve had the opportunity to work with throughout the years. God has blessed me abundantly.

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“I’m excited (and a little sad) to announce my retirement at the end of this school year I have loved my role as the head football coach and Athletic Director at Webb City High School and will cherish the friendships and memories. From the bottom of my heart—thank you all,” Roderique added.