Pets or no pets? Campgrounds have varying policies

With the summer setting in, it’s easy to just pick up and go to the river and spend a week on the campground, but what about your pets? Do they stay or do they go? Can someone watch them while you’re gone? Do you know the pet policy where you are going? Several families have… Read More »

Old fire towers get new life

(Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series about fire towers in Missouri.) There are a handful of lookout towers that are in a category of their own. These are towers that have been purchased and moved for a variety of reasons. They may make a good deer stand or TV reception, but there… Read More »

Iris, a common flower with uncommon beauty

Rainbow-colored irises, commonly found in Missouri fence rows, ditches and yards, are anything but common, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. A flower of contrasts, iris is hard to kill yet maintains an intricate and delicate beauty. In Greek mythology, Iris was a golden-winged goddess who traveled on a rainbow. Colorful flowers sprung… Read More »

Summer’s day the painter’s way

On July 18th, at 8:30 a.m., the phone rings. A businessman- voice tells me a crew from KMOS (Central Missouri State University Public Television Service) will be at Doug Hall’s Log Cabin Gallery at noon. This is Douglas calling wanting extra bodies to help with the photo shoot that will accompany the interview and to… Read More »

Newton County Library kicks off 2017 summer reading program

The Neosho-Newton County Library has kicked off its 2017 summer reading program called “Build a Better World.” “We have only had two events since our kick-off but already have over 500 signed up in our reading program,” said Carrie Cline, Neosho-Newton County Library director. Not only does the library have a children’s reading program, but… Read More »

Geocaching can help you enjoy nature all year long

What on earth could make a woman in her 40s walk for hours in the woods looking for Tupperware hidden under a rotten log? For me, the answer is geocaching. Geocaching is an ideal way to enjoy nature all year long. Considering I have found 136 caches in 13 different states, I think I am… Read More »

Carver Monument is county’s top draw

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 46,397 visitors to George Washington Carver National Monument in 2016 spent $849,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 12 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $967,400. “George Washington Carver National Monument welcomes visitors from across… Read More »

Truman Library worth a visit

(Editor’s note: This is part of a series in The News-Dispatch highlighting the National Park Service sites in Missouri as a part of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary.) Harry Truman was a born-and-bred Missourian. You never had to wonder where Truman called home and you never had to wonder where you stood with this… Read More »

Aquatic center opening in the fall

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma recently broke ground on an aquatic center that will be built as a new addition to the Eastern Shawnee Wellness Center. “We have been looking at ways members can benefit from our center and we thought an aquatic center would be a great way to benefit all of our… Read More »

Dog trees might be the answer in the park

Before the discussion about the painted white stones on the west hill of the Big Spring Park gets too far out of hand, here is a peaceful suggestion that came to me awakening on this peaceful, sunny Sunday morning. Why don’t we remove the stark white stones and loose gravel which in my opinion are… Read More »

Burgers, goats, and a cave

Caves are pretty cool to look at and walk through, but have you ever eaten in one? Folks in Lanagan, Mo., get to enjoy that experience all the time. Chris Black and his wife, Teresa Ezell, own and operate The Cave Bar & Grill, originally the home of Truitt’s Cave. Truitt’s Cave was discovered in… Read More »