5 years ago
• Mike Pettus, of Wyandotte, Okla., has always wanted to be his own boss. His dream came true two months ago when he opened Big Mike’s Barbecue in Wyandotte.
• A memorial service was held Saturday, May 26, on the west side of the Seneca Cemetery to honor all veterans. Sandra Whitehead sang the National Anthem and Ron Soltow was the speaker.
• Seneca’s Lost Creek Bridge has been shut down and the deck has been removed. “It took a little bit longer then expected to cut through the deck, which is the part that people drive on,” said Marvin Morris, project manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
10 years ago
• Six of the seven Seneca R-7 School Board members were present at a special meeting held May 23. Kelly Larson was out of town and unable to return to Seneca for the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to resolve a deadlock over the number of football coaches to be hired as part of the extra duty assignment at the high school and middle school.
• The Seneca City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 28. There were no visitors in attendance. The meeting moved along quickly and little business was handled. Councilmen Truman Brady and Cecil Vance were absent.
• This year all of the area Relay for Life activities in Newton County are being consolidated into one big event scheduled for Friday, June 8. This super Relay for Life will be held at the Neosho High School football stadium.
15 years ago
• The annual Memorial Day service held at the Seneca Cemetery on Saturday, May 26, was much appreciated by those who attended. The Color Guard consisting of the Neosho Junior Air Force Cadets gave an impressive performance. Tara Berry sang the National Anthem beautifully.
• David J. Elbert, 80, of rural Wyandotte, Okla., died at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at St. John’s Regional Medical center in Joplin after a sudden illness.
20 years ago
• The Crowder College Area Vo-Tech school recently held an awards assembly to honor area high school students who had participated in the program. The top senior in each category received a full tuition scholarship to Crowder College that is renewable for three more semesters if the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
• The annual meeting of the Crowder College Foundation will be held on Monday, June 8, at 4 p.m. in the Birch Room of Newton Hall on the Crowder College Campus.
• A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons who are responsible for the vandalism of the Seneca City Park, according to Don Brady, chairman of the park board.
30 years ago
• The Seneca swimming pool will be open Monday thru Friday, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The pool is closed on Saturdays.
• Chautauqua is coming to Seneca on Friday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at the Little Country School. Willa Cather will be portrayed by Lynn Swanson.
• There will be a potluck supper and benefit for Junior and Betty Marney on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the Tiff City Community Building.
40 years ago
• Paula Durman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Durman, of Joplin route 4, and Charles Yust, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Yust, of Seneca, were chosen the 1977 Warrior Queen and King.
• The Seneca Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School June 13 through June 17. The Rev. George Wade will be the school pastor and Anabel Campbell will serve as director.
50 years ago
• Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Sundeen, of Hammond, Ill., were Thursday night and Friday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Oliver. The Sundeens were guests of her brother, Ray Ill and family on Thursday.
• Dr. John B. Roberts will attend the State Osteopathic Convention in Jefferson City, Mo., June 5-7. He will attend the convention as a delegate.
• Kay Ehrhart returned home Friday from Oklahoma State University where she has been attending her junior year. Her plans for the 1967-68 school year are indefinite.
(compiled by MyraGale Sexton)