At the Feb. 26 meeting of the Ash Grove Board of Education, Superintendent Aaron Gerla reported to the board on the ongoing turmoil afflicting the state board of education. The state board currently has three confirmed members, and the department has no commissioner, following the actions of…


Republic and Nixa had the pedigrees, but Joplin won the title. Third-seeded Joplin knocked off #2 seed Republic and #1 seed Nixa to earn the Class 5 District 12 championship, picking up its first district boys basketball title in nearly a quarter century.

Latest e-Edition


Barbara Joyce (Bryan) Holt, of Everton, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the age of 78.

Belva Joy Davis, 80, of Springfield, passed away on March 5, 2018, after battling a long illness. She was born on Aug. 13, 1937, to Ray Louis and Rachel Ellen Davis of Illinois. She was a strong, stylish, independent, adventurous woman who left Illinois to move to California “just for fun” a…

Richard Lee Farnham, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the age of 64.

Editorial/Around Town

Young men, pay attention, and, older fellows, never mind; if you’ve not figured it out by now, you probably won’t — I know the secret to a happy and lasting marriage: