The Missouri Southern Foundation now owns the former Joplin Public Library building at 300 South Main Street. At last night's council meeting the city officially donated the building to the foundation for development as an academic center. University officials estimate renovation costs at around $8 to $10 Million dollars.
CHRISTMAS TREE SHORTAGE
The national Christmas tree shortage has hit the 4-States. The National Christmas Tree Association reports that trees harvested this year, would have had to be planted about seven to 10 years ago. But during the recession that began in 2008, there was less revenue to plant new seedlings and less harvest that would have made room for those. They say now that the economy is better, the demand is higher.