Dance with the Playboys

The Stella Senior Center will hold a dinner and a dance Friday, July 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. when the kitchen will serve ham and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, slaw, dessert and a drink for a $5 donation. The McDonald County Playboys will perform at 7 p.m for a $3 donation.

Volunteers sought for river clean-up

Everyone age 10 and up is invited to a Shoal Creek clean-up day on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wildcat Glades & Audubon Center just south of Joplin on Main Street.

Bring your canoe or kayak or borrow one from the center and join Stream Team officials for a fun morning of floating along Shoal Creek from Grand Falls in Joplin to Schermerhorn Park in Galena, Kan.

Volunteers will pick up trash along the way, preserving our precious water, and end with lunch and prizes at the SEK Nature Center. Limited shuttle service will be available. If borrowing a Center canoe, you must be 13 years of age and have river experience.

Healthy garden means healthy person

Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fiber and even medicine according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Officials at George Washington Carver National Monument are invited the public to learn more at the Carver demonstration gardens as they celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the demonstration gardens at the Carver House. This special program will be presented by master gardener park volunteers and will cover the importance of creating healthy soils and gardens for better health.

Carver Monument is located at 5646 Carver Road, approximately two miles west of Diamond. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Red Cross seeks blood donations to offset seasonal decline

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

During July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.

Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

A blood drive is scheduled from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the Lampo building in Neosho. Another blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Abundant Life Church, 700 Spencer Dr., in Neosho.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

School board sets agenda

The Seneca R-7 Board of Education will meet in regular session Thursday, July 23, for its final meeting before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The tentative agenda includes:

• Adoption of agenda, minutes of previous meeting, financial report, monthly bills, and approval of extracted bills.

• Old business, communications or presentations.

• Superintendent reports — maintenance, August calendar of events, new teach workshop.

• Action items: set date for tax rate hearing and the August board meeting; approval of the county assessed valuation reports; approve driveway project at Early Childhood Center; approve extra duty assignments for 2015-16; approve kitchen remodel bids; and approve security upgrades on exterior doors.

• Adjourn to closed executive session.

Neosho sets new student enrollment dates

The Neosho R-5 School District will hold new student enrollment for the 2015-16 school year from 8-10:30 a.m. and 12-4:30 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday, July 30; Friday, July 31; Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 3-4.

Enrollment will be held at the main entrance to Neosho High School. Parents should bring: proof of residency, birth certificate, immunization records, Social Security card, Medicaid card, previous school’s name and phone, and custodial papers (if applicable).

All grades will enroll at the high school.

Wyandotte ‘National Night Out’ Aug. 4

The Wyandotte Tribal/Municipal Police Department (WNTPD) will be hosting its 4th annual National Night Out event with a Community Block Party Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Acres Park and Splash Pad, 14400 S. Porcupine Road, in Wyandotte.

It will be an opportunity for the community to come together and visit with neighbors and local law enforcement to form stronger partnerships. The evening’s events will feature fun activities, burgers, hot dogs, refreshments, prize drawings and music.

National Night Out is celebrated each year on the first Tuesday of August. The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states.

Annually, communities across the United States join forces and celebrate National Night Out.

Republicans to host melon feed

The annual free watermelon feed, co-hosted by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Big Spring Park in Neosho.

The free watermelon feed is open to all Republicans. Ice cold watermelon, bottled water, and ice cream made in Newton County by All Aboard Ice Cream Co. will be provided free of charge. All you need to bring are your lawn chairs, appetite, and friends and neighbors.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has been invited to speak, and Missouri State Sen. Ron Richard will attend, as this year’s featured speakers. Additional guest speakers will be candidates seeking nomination as Republicans for statewide office in 2016.

Republican candidates for Missouri Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and Attorney General have all been invited to attend and will speak, subject to a timekeeper.

A presidential straw poll will be available to those in attendance that will serve as entry into a drawing for prizes. Featured prizes include a 12 gauge and .22 ammunition. A separate drawing will be held for a picnic basket. The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the watermelon feed.

In case of rain, the watermelon feed will be moved to the Lampo Building, 500 E. Spring St., in Neosho at the same time.

10th annual “Summer Social on the Square”

The 10th Annual “Summer Social on the Square” is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22, from 4-8 p.m. on Neosho’s Downtown Square.

Registration has begun and local businesses and civic groups are invited to participate. There will be booths set up with free games for kids. FREE booth registration deadline has been set for Aug. 7.

In addition, there will be food, music, entertainment and a lot of fun before going to the “Cinema in the Park” in Big Spring Park.

“This was a great event last year and we have been brainstorming on ways to make even better this year. Being the 10th annual event, we want to make sure that it is one to be remembered,” said Ashley Siler, event coordinator for the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce. “There will be something for everyone.”


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