Making a Difference in Our Communities


The crucial ingredient to making a difference is the passion shared by the people of our community. To the small businesses, our students, area non-profits and the volunteers, the passion to make our home the greatest place to live overflows in our region, and all of us on the Show Me team are proud to celebrate Joplin’s 142nd birthday. In celebration of this milestone, we have featured 11 students from four Joplin schools who share messages about the history, the resilience and their love for our city. In addition to the celebration of the birth of our great city, we have honored locally owned businesses that are celebrating 10 to 90 years of business in our Joplin Business Spotlights.

Warmer weather is just in sight. Our March edition is perhaps a teaser for what is about to come. We are highlighting an astonishing cast of nature photographers who shared their amazing gift for taking pictures and capturing the beauty of our region. With 43 entries, we are happy to announce Russell Kinerson is the winner of 5th Annual Nature Photography Contest. Russell has entered our contest every year and has volunteered over 700 hours at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. We could not think of a better recipient. Thank you to our judges, Patrick Tuttle, Brad Douglas, Kerstin Landwer and Kristi Tucker, and all the readers who entered. Since its inception, SMTO has raised over $7,000 for the center through this contest, and we want to keep that going! Watch for our contest again next year!

Keep sending in your entries for the 13th Annual 4-State Baby Contest. We not only have passionate adults in our region, but the cutest babies too. The winner will be featured on the cover of the May edition of SMTO Magazine. Check out our Facebook page to see all the entries, and find more information on how to enter on page four of this edition!

We want to hear from you! Come see the Show Me team at the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo March 7. By stopping by and telling us what you would like to see in our upcoming editions, you will receive two free spins on our “Wheel of Chance.” Lucky spinners have the chance to win a St. Patrick’s Day bouquet and gift cards to locally owned fine dining!

We will also be at the Neosho Business & Industry Review March 20 and 21. Again, stop by and tell us what you would like to read and see, and spin the “Wheel of Chance.” Lucky spinners will have a chance to win an Easter lily and gift cards to locally owned fine dining! Sharing your favorite read or find within a past SMTO edition will earn you two free spins!

Happy March! May your St. Patrick’s Day be filled with enchantment, good luck, happiness and lots of spring sunshine. We hope you find your pot of gold!

Happy Birthday, Joplin!



Show Me the Ozarks Magazine
P.O. Box 3325
Joplin, Missouri 64803


Lee Radcliff

Editor/ Publisher