11th Annual Nature Photos Contest

11th Annual Nature Photos Contest

By Kathleen Swift The 11th Annual Nature Photo Cover Contest drew 100 entries. The contest showcases the wide variety of nature found in our area as well as the talent of so many area photographers. If you like lovely scenery, birds, flowers, insects and reptiles, you...

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40 Years of Service Battalion Chief Mark Metsker

40 Years of Service Battalion Chief Mark Metsker

By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Mandy Edmonson Mark Metsker worked as an EMT when he first applied for a position with the Webb City Fire Department 40 years ago. Now, as battalion chief, Metsker has seen it all in his career. “There’s always variety as a fire fighter,”...

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!Editor’s Letter


Capturing the Essence

Essence means the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something that determines its character. Each month, SMTO has the privilege of capturing what makes our communities unique and the hearts of the individuals who make our communities strong. Our March edition represents the character of our region.

Essence of Beauty. The landscape of our region is one of the most beautiful in the nation. Whether it is our rolling hills or beautiful lakes, a drive through our countryside will catch the eye of any passerby. Each year, we host a nature contest to benefit Wildcat Glades Friends Group, and our 11th Annual Photo Contest brought in over 100 entries. Congratulations, Mike Ritzman, for taking the cover, and congratulations all the photographers who entered. Browse pages 58-63 to see the beauty of our region and the talent of those behind the camera.

Essence of Success. In our Women to Watch, you can find women who believed they could and did. These women are passionate about their communities, determined to serve and inspire us all to go after our dreams. They are proven leaders in their industry. We appreciate the women we featured and all women who make a difference every day. Turn to pages 30-38 to learn about these women to watch!

Essence of Community. Community is the act of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. The common goal of the communities we serve is to make our region the best it can be. We want to support our schools to offer the strongest education. We want to support our local businesses to grow our industry. We support our health care, our local non-profits and each integral piece of our puzzle to be, to give and to have the best for our current and future generations. This month, we celebrate Joplin’s 148th birthday. Scroll through pages 39-58 to be reminded of what and who makes our home great!  

Essence of History. We cannot look forward until we are able to look back, and the future of Webb City is bright! On pages 72-85, we share the beauty, history and charm of the town just north of Joplin. We bring you 25 Reasons to Fall in Love with Webb City, we interview the Webb City fire chief, we spotlight local businesses and share with you all you need to know about the Webb City Farmers Market. Plan a day trip to Webb City as you flip through our pages!

Essence of Time. Our March edition is complete with feature articles, events for the whole family to enjoy and tips from professionals to improve your quality of life. Time is of the essence. Let’s not wait to be, see and do all that makes our hearts content. SMTO hopes to make your today the best it can be to build your best tomorrow. Let’s start today!

Enjoy and happy spring!


Lee Radcliff




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