Fourth of July Decor

Fourth of July is right around the corner and with it comes themed parties. Whether you are celebrating with friends or family or a mixture of the two, Fourth of July is the perfect time to show off your decorating skills. If you are looking to have the best decor on the block, try these Pinterest inspired ideas:

Patriotic Pallet Flag- simply paint your pallet with stars and stripes to resemble an American flag. If painting stars sounds intimidating, stencils are always good, or substitute stick on stars. ...

New Housing Trend

Tiny living is now a popular and economical option for those wanting to downsize while still having a fully functional home; HGTV has even made a show about “Tiny House Hunters.” Now a similar trend is popping up-that of “Shedquarters.” Shedquarters are a product sold by companies such as Kanga Room and Modern Shed, the concept being a shed that is modern or cottage in style with the intention of being used as a home office, guest bedroom, getaway spot, or even to live in....


Joplin Baseball

In May of 2015 Joplin welcomed The Joplin Blasters, our first professional baseball team. Playing out of a newly remolded Joe Becker Stadium, The Blasters are members of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. With a regular season of 100 games The Blasters stay busy and popular in the Joplin area. Many Southwest Missouri residents enjoy summer night home games at the ballpark, where regular ballpark fare is served as well as the occasional firework show and kids bounce house. Joe Becker...


Moving Musts

Moving to a new home is a big process-many who have never done it before may not realize all that goes into being a homeowner. Packing and cleaning (new and old home alike) are some of the first things homeowners do. But before getting settled in a new home there are some things that can be done that not everyone may think of. A good place to start is with changing the locks; give yourself extra piece of mind by ensuring you're the only one with...


Parks and Recreation Department Offers Summer Programs

The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department will be introducing new summer programs for children and adults beginning in June. The American Red Cross will be holding Learn-to-Swim classes at Ewert Family Aquatic Center for swimmers of all ages and skill. The program will focus on developing swimming abilities as well as teaching water safety. After swimming lessons head over to Schifferdecker Golf Course for Family Fun Nights. Held on June 18, July 16, and August 20, Family Fun Nights will offer the chance for families to play 9 holes of...


Red Day 2016

Annually Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri and Keller Williams Realty offices worldwide organize and execute Red Day (Renew, Energize, Donate). Nationally started in 2009, this year local Red Day volunteers prepared and delivered sack lunches complete with either a hamburger, cheeseburger, or hot dog, chips, cookies, and a drink to Joplin and surrounding areas. Lunches were pre-ordered and Keller Williams associates worked for months in advance by collecting orders, finding a venue, organizing volunteers, and bringing in food and supplies all donated by area businesses. This year Keller Williams...


The Right Time to Sell

It's that time of year when a lot of change is happening: spring is upon us, bringing with it new temperatures and activities, high school and college students are soon to graduate, and summer is quickly approaching. Real estate is no exception to this change. The spring season brings spring buyers-the home purchasing market is busier than ever. In the Keller Williams Southwest Missouri region alone the volume of contracts written this year are up 109.1% from this time last year. However, the number...


Joplin’s Third Thursday

Joplin's popular and beloved Third Thursday started its ninth season on St. Patrick's Day for 2016. A must attend event for thousands of residents, Third Thursday goes from 5:30PM-8.30PM, spanning six blocks of Main Street. Third Thursday is perhaps Joplin's most popular monthly event, known for its music, art, food, and entertainment. Main Street businesses open their doors and many bring in artists to showcase art, pottery, jewelry, or even sweet treats. Attendees often stop in Main...


Medical School Coming to Joplin

Joplin is soon to welcome a medical school, located at the former Mercy Hospital site, projected to open in fall of 2017 with an initial class of around 150 students. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has decided upon Joplin as an extension site for their medical school, realizing that the Joplin location will serve the entire four-state region. KCU is known as a leader in osteopathic medical education and has graduated over 10,000 doctors since it opened in 1916. Joplin's Mercy Hospital has donated their previous site that was...


Increase in Enrollment at Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University continues to grow with an increase in enrollment for the Spring 2016 semester. The Fall 2015 semester saw a 3 percent increase in enrollment and the Spring semester is continuing this growth with a 4 percent increase. The University is also seeing an increase in the amount of credit hours that students are taking, jumping up 2.8 percent. Not only is this increase in students seen in undergraduate studies, but also in MSSU's graduate program, growing by 26 percent from last year. Missouri Southern credits some of this growth to...


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