By Sarah Gooding • Photos by Savanah Mandeville Crystal Zaerr dabbled in local 5k’s and 10k’s and signed up for her first half marathon, the Joplin Memorial Run, when her dad passed away. Running offered a way to channel her grief, and her loss ultimately transformed...
By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Artistic Expressions Photography Many teens are involved in school and extracurricular activities and community service, but a few go above and beyond. Autumn Shelton is one of those few. Just this summer, she was elected lieutenant...
Article and photos by Savanah Mandeville The folks at Big R’s BBQ know if you can’t stand the heat, then heck, just embrace it. That’s why they go all out in August, aka Barbecue Month! “We take Barbecue Month seriously!” said owner Twyla Housh. “Around here, it’s our...
Article and photos by Savanah Mandeville For me, it’s almost impossible to drive down Main Street without a cute, tropical-colored food truck catching my eye near 20th and Main. If you’re a Joplin local, you know exactly what I’m talking about – Pineapple Bliss!...
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Goodbye, Summer…Hello, Fall Fun!
This September brings adventure. With cooler temperatures and school routines under way, this month’s edition features many events that will have you happily saying goodbye to summer and hello to autumn.
Start the first Saturday of the month off right by participating in Tamko Building Products Big Red Shoe 15k, 5k and 1-mile walk for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States September 7. Not only does this event promote a healthy lifestyle, it helps raise funds for an organization that consistently puts our families’ health at the forefront. Information to enter can be found on page 12.
Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group Friday, September 13, for the most unique runway show you will ever see. Local stylists will transform models into nature-inspired beauties. To find information on how to make reservations, flip to page 15.
4-States Trucks, home of the Chrome Shop Mafia, hosts a one-day Special Olympics Convoy Saturday, September 28, at 4 States Trucks’ corporate headquarters just off 1-44 at exit 4 in Joplin. This year, the convoy heads south to Seneca to Neosho and then returns to 4 States Trucks for a DJ, live band and food truck celebration. Learn more on page 24.
Columbus, Kansas, celebrates half a century with a weekend of entertainment Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13. From a scarecrow contest to a hot air balloon regatta, there is something to do for all ages. Turn to page 21 to find all the details.
Not only did we bring you the best entertainment in the region, we highlighted the best looking! On the cover, you will find the winner of our 11th Annual Cutest Pet Contest Winner. Starting on page 40, you will find good-looking furry friends, from a friendly chinchilla to adorable cats and dogs. All the proceeds from the contest go to support the work of Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption and Resource Center and Faithful Friends Animal Advocates in Neosho. Thank you to all who entered!
In honor of our love for pets, we bring you a Pet Services Directory, feature Big Dog Boutique in Carthage, peek inside the life of Joplin’s police dogs and introduce Snowflake’s Snack Shack, a free pet-food pantry for cats and dogs in Joplin. We only want the best for our furry friends in the Four States!
In addition to entertaining you, we bring you profiles on health care professionals committed to your overall health and well-being, and Gary Stubblefield shares five reasons why September may be the best month to buy a new home. See the feature stories and take care of your health and your pocket book.
From entertainment to your health, we hope you find everything you need to plan the perfect fall!
See you next month!