Pa­rades Set For Satur­day

SIGN: Costs Es­ti­mated At $10,000 to $12,000

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

Lo­cal of­fi­cials scram­bled to post­pone their town’s Christ­mas pa­rade last week amid pre­dic­tions of im­pend­ing win­ter weather.

Thanks to Mother Na­ture’s fick­le­ness, how­ever, McDonald County res­i­dents didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence the freez­ing rain, sleet and snow that had been pre­dicted.

Three lo­cal towns are now pre­par­ing for Christ­mas pa­rades and fes­tive fun on Satur­day, Dec. 15. North Pole of­fi­cials say Santa Claus has read­justed his sched­ule and is ex­pected to make ap­pear­ances at all three Christ­mas pa­rades — in

South­west City, Goodman and Noel.

South­west City

The South­west City Christ­mas Pa­rade will be­gin at 10 a.m. Satur­day, Dec. 15.

The an­nual event is hosted by the South­west City Com­mer­cial Club and area busi­nesses. Pa­rade of­fi­cials are ex­pect­ing clubs, churches, bands and au­to­mo­biles to fill the streets with Christ­mas cheer.

En­try forms may be ob­tained at city hall and should be filled out and re­turned by Satur­day morn­ing. On the morn­ing of the pa­rade,

Dig­i­tal Dis­plays in Austin, Texas, rang­ing from a 3-foot, 10-inch, by 7-foot, 11-inch, sign for $10,966 to a 4-foot, 1-inch, by 7-foot, 10-inch, sign for $15,165. The signs var­ied in res­o­lu­tion but all came with a five-year warranty and un­lim­ited tech sup­port.

He also read quotes from Joplin Sign De­sign. He said the fi­nal cost would prob­a­bly be in the neigh­bor­hood of $10,000 to $12,000.

Al­der­man Scott Den­nis said, “If we’re putting it on H High­way, we need some­one that does signs to rec­om­mend what res­o­lu­tion we need.”

He added, “I think it’s a great idea.”

Al­der­man Becky Davis pointed out the city could ad­ver­tise Am­ber Alerts on the sign. Sweeten said the city could use it to ad­ver­tise pa­rades and movies on the square.

Sweeten said he will re­search the mat­ter fur­ther.

The al­der­men passed the 2019 bud­get.

Al­der­men also ap­proved $58,114 in bills, which in­cludes $25,407 for a 2019 Dodge Charger for the mar­shal’s of­fice.

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