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A Slice of Literature
Growing up, adults and schools offered various rewards for reading. Maybe it was a field trip, an ice cream party, or pizza. Then, in 1984, Pizza Hut began a reading program called Book It! The program encourages kids from pre-k to sixth grade to read. In exchange, they get a free personal pizza for free. Schools took off with the program after that.
Dotson takes 25th at state
Marshfield Blue Jays swim competitor Preston Dotson headed to state Friday November 11 to compete in the Butterfly portion of the contest.
Fordland clinic expands dental outreach
Recently the Fordland Clinic, located in Fordland, Missouri, received a grant from the Skaggs Foundation. The grant, which awarded $44,000 per year to the Dental Outreach program will allow the clinic to continue the outreach.
Local News

Small town graduate receives BIG award

Imagine completing a rigorous course load, 100s of hours of clinical training, an intense and in-depth research project in your field of study and then being told out of hundreds of submissions your teams research was selected to be presented in front of a room full of doctors.

Toilets for Cash

If you live in or around the Conway, Missouri area you may have noticed a recent uptick in yards featuring a bright red toilet. If you’re wondering what the deal is, let the Marshfield Mail be the first to assure you that no, everyone in Conway did not recently decide to remodel their bathrooms.

Setting Up for the future of Marshfield: Aldermen Meeting Recap

On Nov. 17, the Marshfield Board of Aldermen gathered at City Hall. With Nov. nearing to an end the holiday season setting in, the board went to work.

Conway School Statement

Last week the Conway school board approved 4-day school weeks starting next year. Marshfield Mail reached out to Dr. Luke Boyer, the Laclede County R-1 School District Superintendent, who shared the following.

Roundup Grant: Fordland PD granted bulletproof vests

Fordland's Law enforcement got much-needed protection thanks to the Webster Electric Round Up Grant.

Marshfield Mail's Veteran Tribute: Scott Beiermann

We continue our tribute to those who answered the call to serve. This week, we turn our attention to a man in Conway who served and now answers the call on a different front.

Rest well Dark Knight

This past week the world of comics was at a loss. News broke out that on the evening of Nov 10, Kevin Conroy had lost his battle with cancer at the age of 66. Conroy was… an actor who made appearances in shows such as Cheers as Darryl Mead or Dynasty as Bart Fallmont. But perhaps his most famous role was in 1992 as the capped crusader in Batman the Animated Series. This show introduced Batman and DC comics to many people like myself.
Local Sports
Heading to the Mats
Basketball is not the only sport hitting the floors this winter. Additionally, high school wrestling will be begin and Webster County has some very talented athletes ready to hit the mats. The Marshfield Mail reached out to the both the Marshfield and Logan-Rogersville wrestling coaches to get a sneak peek before the season kicks off.
Heading to the Mats (Logan-Rogersville)
Basketball is one of many things hitting the floors this winter. In addition, high school wrestling will be joining in the season. Marshfield Mail reached out to the coaches in Webster County to get …
Heading to the Mats (Marshfield)
Basketball is one of many things hitting the floors this winter. In addition, high school wrestling will be joining in the season. Marshfield Mail reached out to the coaches in Webster County to get …
L-R battles in double overtime
The L-R boys' soccer team took on Osage in the district championship match on Nov 2. Both teams were ambitious for this win, but only one would leave with the title this year and move on to State. So, after the starting teams were introduced, including returning goalkeeper Brady Goodson, the championship match commenced.
Skatepark one step closer to fundraising
A few months back the Marshfield Mail reported on the Marshfield Action Sports Syndicates (also known as MASS) meeting with the Marshfield Parks and Recreation department. 
Dotson qualifies for State Swim
The Marshfield Blue Jays boys swim team competed in the Southwest Missouri Swim meet along with 20 other teams on October 28 and 29, 2022. The preliminary competitions were help on Friday the 28 and the top 18 swimmers in each event would advance to the Finals on Saturday the 29.
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Opinion
You don’t know this but three months ago the great minds that make up the Marshfield Mail had a heart to heart. It started with me complaining.
I’ll tell ya what, I have spent all morning thinking about what exactly I wanted to write for this piece this week. When I finally sat down (an hour and a half late of my deadline) I still had no clue. I decided I’d just touch on each of the things on my mind this week.
Giving deer one less reason to congregate is a good way to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD); a disease that’s spread by deer-to-deer contact. That’s the rationale behind the regulation prohibiting the feeding of deer that’s in effect in parts of Missouri.
In recent years the horror genre has seen a renaissance, from new films like Smile and Nope to television shows like Strangers Things and Chucky. Literature and comics are no different, with one artist in the manga world getting some attention Junji Ito. I consider him very similar or another famous horror author Stephen King. Both men constantly tell horror stories, and both have mastered the page-turner. The "I really don't want to turn the page but I have to know what happens." The only difference is one uses pictures to help tell his story. Ito constantly makes ordinary circumstances into a pure nightmare, much like King. Check out Ito's works like Uzumaki, Fragments of Horror, or Smashed, and you will see what I'm talking about. It's downright terrifying. What I'm trying to say is this. If you like Stephen King and want to try a different medium, consider visiting the Manga section of your favorite bookstore. Then, give Junji Ito a read; you will be glad or terrified if you do.
It’s Halloween weekend, and you are hosting a party. The food is prepared, and the decorations are top notch with a 12-foot-tall skeleton standing outside to greet the guests, but what’s this? There is no music? Oh no! What will you do? Fear not, imaginary person I came up with. I have a list of songs you can play to get the heads rolling. In no particular order, here are five songs to get spooky!
Schools
Last Friday, the students of Logan-Rogersville High school experienced their 8th Annual Career Day. During the day, students learned more about potential careers and the steps to get into those fields. Professions gathered from medical, automotive, law enforcement, and more. All eager to teach the students.
This year Hubble Elementary school held its 2nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Here to recap the event is Mrs. Heather Summers, Art teacher for Hubble Elementary.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" As kids, we would give answers such as an astronaut, president, or bullfighter, which was fun. But, as years went on, that little question started to loom over and cast a shadow filled with anxiety and dread, primarily as graduation from high school drew closer. "What do I want to be when I grow up?"
Patriot Park in Marshfield is commonly known by one of two things: the place where parents take their kids to swim, or the place to honor those lost on 9/11.
Things will be charming and sleepy at the Carl & Glessie Young Auditorium as the Marshfield High School presents Once Upon a Mattress. The director and Speech & Debate teacher for Marshfield High School is Greg Holtschneider. He hopes the performing nights are filled with great storytelling.
Business
Zimmerman Meats has been selected to be awarded the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) grant. Zimmerman Meats has three locations: Summersville, MO where they do processing and production, as well as two retail locations located in Salem, MO and Marshfield, MO.
Snowflakes in Marshfield? As commuters head to their favorite local businesses nestled around Marshfield's square and old Route 66, they may notice the brilliant twinkling snowflake lights hung on each light pole.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 3, 2022 – Missouri’s Drought Assessment Committee will hold its third meeting to discuss the status of the state’s drought, as well as any recommended changes to the ongoing coordinated state and federal response.
The City of Marshfield and the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG; pronounced: ‘sim-cog’) are excited to present the 2022 update of the Marshfield Transportation Plan for public input. The transportation plan has served as a continuous source of guidance for the city regarding the transportation network and investments since it was last developed in 2009. Moving forward, the Plan will serve as a guide for decision-making and policy implementation that will improve mobility for residents and visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
On October 31, 2022 Gage Herbert Bittner of Hartville entered a plea of guilty to the Class E and D felonies of involuntary manslaughter in the 2nd degree and unlawful possession of a firearm. Bittner was sentenced to 6 and 9 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
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