Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
(JOPLIN, Mo.) State Rep. candidate Charlie Davis (R- Webb City) came out with a ray of support for the 129th's leading contender.
When asked who he would support in that race, he said "the most conservative candidate." When asked who that was at this point, he said "Shelly."
He went on (after the recording ended) to say that he would work with whoever won, and would hope to find their support for his 'Contract with Missouri.'
Eli Yokley and Blake James
(JOPLIN, MO) State Rep. and State Auditor candidate Allen Icet made a stop in Joplin Thursday evening to explain his intent to seek public office.
He was introduced by current House Speaker Ron Richard (R- Joplin.) Richard called Icet a "person of common sense and good principals," and on with "fiscal responsibility."
He spoke in front of a crowd just shy of 20, mainly colleagues (Ron Richard, Brian Stevenson, and locals in the know.
Icet spent the early part of his remarks attacking the Kansas City Star, Saint Louis Post Dispatch, and the Springfield News Leader, for their bias against republicans.
Icet insisted that "the right" wasn't "sent to do the popular thing, it was sent to do the right thing."
**Icet pushed his MBA, rather than a CPA, as something that would help him manage the agency.**
In the interview, he addresses his (relatively poor) fundraising numbers, he explains the importance of SWMO in his campaign, and explains what all the uproar about career ladder cuts is about.
ON CAREER LADDER:
- "Some twisting letter for political means."
- "Nothing has been cut."
- "We the state have to cut budgets."
- "This MAY happen."
- To teachers: "I have a daughter who teaches public schools."
- "We have to have a balanced budget." "Lots of places to pull money form."
- "All about priorities." "Public education is #1 [priority.]"
- (Interesting to not he never committed not to cut career ladder.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
State Rep. Candidate (Mo-129) Shelly Dreyer was spotted downtown at Joplin's last Third Thursday event.
She said she was very impressed with what Joplin put together.
She was spotted in 609 with her husband, at numerous art galleries along the walk, at the Rapha House with its founder, and meeting people from the area at (what we hear is one of Nathan Starmer's favorite places) The Vinery.
Photos here. (Thanks so much to Linda Ralston for her help with equipment.)
October 15, 2009
Webb City rolled out the red carpet Thursday night for Rose Parade chairman Rick Jackson.
Dinner, music, and socialization was shared with over 200 people at the event hosted at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Mayor John Biggs and Webb City Chamber's Dixie Mariner both suggested support from the city, and said "[we] know that you'll make us proud."
R7 Superintendent Ronald Lankford said he has learned that "it never rains in sunny California anymore," alluding back to Webb City's 2006 experience, where the band faced calf-deep rain.
Lankford said the district was proud to "gives students an opportunity of a lifetime," and ended saying "we believe in your future."
The shy Diana Williams, Director of Bands in Webb City, said the second opportunity at the parade was "a dream come true."
Rick Jackson, incoming President of the Tournament of Roses Parade, said the "community of Webb City is instrumental" in sending the band." He closed saying the opportunity was a "once, or second for some of you, in a lifetime opportunity. Some bands work to get in once, y'all are coming back for the second time. That's awesome."
Parents and students, as well as community members and alumni, all made it out for the event.
128th district candidate Charlie Davis and his family.
Superintendent Ronald Lankford.
Mayor John Biggs chatting with the Rose president.
Tears in Diana Williams' eyes.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The tables were set, the food was made, and the people arrived. Webb City's Chamber diner began.
Thursday night, hundreds went out to Webb City High School where the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce put on their Annual Banquet.
Jason Hamlin, owner of Van Vans, was honored as Business Leader of The Year.
Jeff Montgomery, noticeably missing, who skipped out on the event to attend the Mizzou game in Columbia(and everyone made sure to point that out,) received the Baker Champion Booster award.
The Web City Lions Club won the Community Service Award, mainly for their production of "Springtime on Broadway," the successful downtown experience put on last year.
Several Webb City educators were honored at the event. 1st Grade teacher Heidy Hathcock, 7th Grade teacher Jeff Payne, 6th Grade teacher David Adams, Special Education teacher Amanda Taylor, and Webb City High School's Randall Hayes were all honored as Teacher of The Year.
Hugh S. Hatcher, graduate of Carterville High School in 1950, was inducted into the R7 Hall of Fame.
The event closed with a good-bye from the chamber's new president, Lou Gutheil.
- Dr. Ron Lankford, Superintendent of Schools, speaking with Senator Gary Nodler.
- Senator Gary Nodler, who left very quickly to go to another dinner.
- A representative from Congressman (and current Senate candidate) Roy Blunt's office.
- Mayor John Biggs of Webb City. He didn't have much to say.
- THE Bob Foos, shooting pictures from his seat. I'm pretty sure he used the napkin to dry off his camera. So, we stole the napkin.