News to Know 11/23/21

The news you need to know before you head out the door

JOPLIN, Mo. – Work is becoming “three-dimensional” at the site of the new Dover Hill Elementary in Joplin. By 3D, we mean steel beams are beginning to go up, and the school’s safe room is coming together. Work on the new school began with a ground-breaking back in April. The pandemic has played a role in certain aspects of the new school.

JOPLIN, Mo – Freeman Health System announced the grand marshals for this year’s Joplin Christmas Parade. Isaac and Easton Howard will take on the position. They are seven-year-old twins who were recently named National Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champions. Since the parade benefits the Children’s Miracle Network, organizers say the choice was easy.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – On Monday the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual VIP Fall Extravaganza. The event at the Fort Scott Middle School offered folks a chance to get some goodies ahead of the holidays, things like baked goods and holiday music were up for grabs in a raffle.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Monday the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Missouri Bank named Dan Pekarek the 2021 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Pekarek served the City of Joplin in various roles throughout his 35-year-long career. He started as an environmental health specialist in 1986 before being promoted to a lead sanitarian and, later, the director of the Joplin Health Department. He recently served as the interim city manager then assistant city manager in Joplin.

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