As I’m writing this letter and scrolling through our final proof, I can’t help but admire the cover shot. I am reminded that there is only one picture like this in the world. No one else can capture the same image at the same angle and with the same light. Each photo is unique, original and truly one-of-a-kind.
March 23 marks Joplin’s 141st birthday. As we celebrate this event as a community, I am also reminded that, just like a photo, our community is like no other. Our people, our leadership and what we stand for is truly extraordinary.
In celebration of Joplin’s 141st birthday, this edition reflects the history, the people and the places that make Joplin a great place to live or visit. Inside these pages, look for 40 Things You Didn’t Know about Joplin, 12 Business Spotlights and features on an area park, community members and upcoming events.
On our cover is the winner of the 4th Annual Nature Photography Contest. Congratulations, Don Leverich! You captured a remarkable picture! Starting on page 52, you can find information regarding our winners, all the nature contest submissions and learn how much money we raised for the Wildcat Glades and Audubon Center. Not only does this contest support a great organization, but it spotlights the beauty of our region and the talent of our readers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in photos and help us continue on our mission to support our community!
We also feature the great community of Webb City this month. You will find articles on several local businesses, the Webb City Farmers Market, the Cardinal Pride Band, Mayor John Biggs’ vision for the city, the 6th Annual Springtime on Broadway and more! Webb City is a great place with a lot to offer!
Our 12th Annual 4-States Cutest Baby Contest has begun, and the pictures are starting to roll in! The winner will be featured on our May cover, with all submitted baby photos featured inside. Make your baby a star! All proceeds benefit your local Children’s Miracle Network. Hurry, contest ends March 25!
The ShowMe Team will be making our rounds in March. We will be at the Carl Junction Business Expo on Saturday, March 8 from 9:30 am-2 pm. I love the theme this year: “The Magic of our Chamber.” Our booth’s décor will be “Wizard of Oz,” one of my favorites! Stop by and register to win magical prizes, including an iPad courtesy of NeoTech Solutions. We will also be at the Neosho Business & Industry Review on March 14 and 15. The theme is “In It to Win It!” Stop by to register for prizes and tell us what you want to see in SMTO Magazine!
Continue to use our Calendar of Events as your one-stop guide for all that is happening in our region. For more information, reminders and highlights on local business, restaurants, service providers and more events, join us on Facebook and Twitter. For something extra special, snap a picture of you and/or your family eating at one of the local restaurants featured in our Dining Guide and send to email@example.com. We will share the photos on Facebook and send the first 30 entries a $10 gift certificate from one of our area restaurants!