Last weekend was a grand ole time at the Neosho Fall Festival. The delicious smell of funnel cakes and BBQ wafting through the air always makes for a jolly mood! The rain cleared just in time on Saturday morning and left us with a perfectly cool day to enjoy one of our favorite annual events. I talked with people from all over the place. Some walked two blocks from their home and others traveled from other states to partake in the fall festivities. I didn’t make it to the Fire Department vs. Police Department chili cook-off, but I heard the PD scored another win for the team this year.

Happy Friday Neosho! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods!
Last weekend was a grand ole time at the Neosho Fall Festival. The delicious smell of funnel cakes and BBQ wafting through the air always makes for a jolly mood! The rain cleared just in time on Saturday morning and left us with a perfectly cool day to enjoy one of our favorite annual events. I talked with people from all over the place. Some walked two blocks from their home and others traveled from other states to partake in the fall festivities. I didn’t make it to the Fire Department vs. Police Department chili cook-off, but I heard the PD scored another win for the team this year.
By the way, did you notice the nice new paving around the square this year? This was part of the seven-year plan on city street update projects. Contractors were still finishing up on Thursday night, but they got it done just in time for the event. McCord St. overlay was also a much-needed update as well.
One thing you might notice lately while driving around Neosho lately is how much Construction is going on! The Newton Co. Library project is well underway, construction projects on and around the square, new housing developments, and various other improvements happening all over the place! I got word from Mr. Harrington (our building inspector for the city) that new housing in Neosho has doubled from 2016 to 2017. From 16 new permits, last year to 32 this year. That is outstanding growth we are seeing in our community! And it is possible that trend may continue next year with several permits already in the application process for 2018.
Wednesday morning, I attended another groundbreaking ceremony, this one was for Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, as they are expanding facilities and growing as the need for their services increase. I happen to be president of the board for Care Net and am extremely excited about this new endeavor to expand and continue to serve those in need in our community. Care Net is on the front lines of helping the family and saving lives every day. This project will need the continued support of those in Neosho who are passionate about offering a real solution to the problems people are faced with in our culture today.
Then, on Thursday morning, I attended the ribbon cutting for the new Aldi store in Neosho. This is yet another project that is a   result of the continued growth in our town. Not only will these projects provide a great product to the people, but will also be creating new job opportunities as well. Also, I would like to thank the Neosho Chamber of Commerce for the excellent job they are doing in promoting business and growth in Neosho. Lauri Lylera , Ashley Siler, and others at the Chamber have been doing a fantastic job in fostering an environment of excitement about what is happening in Neosho.
All to say, one of the common threads of conversations I had with scores of people at the Fall Festival, was that people are noticing the progress in Neosho and are excited about the future! Until next time, Love y’all and God Bless Neosho!


Ben Baker is the mayor of Neosho and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.