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  • School Officials Threatened Over Suspension

    School Officials Threatened Over Suspension

    Friday, December 19 2014 10:04 PM EST2014-12-20 03:04:59 GMT
    After Deanna Carlson's son was suspended for having an empty rifle shell casing in school, the Chanute school district has been flooded with hundreds of calls and emails. "They have heaped horrible, vile, profane, nasty things upon our staff," District Superintendent Dr. Jim Hardy said.More >>
    After Deanna Carlson's son was suspended for having an empty rifle shell casing in school, the Chanute school district has been flooded with hundreds of calls and emails. "They have heaped horrible, vile, profane, nasty things upon our staff," District Superintendent Dr. Jim Hardy said.More >>
  • Nevada, MO woman with Type 1 Diabetes will soon receive her Christmas wish

    Nevada, MO woman with Type 1 Diabetes will soon receive her Christmas wish

    Friday, December 19 2014 9:40 PM EST2014-12-20 02:40:32 GMT
    The Christmas wish of a Nevada, MO woman is about to come true. After several months, 23-year-old Josie Foley has raised enough money to purchase a specialized service dog, trained specifically to assist diabetic patients.More >>
    The Christmas wish of a Nevada, MO woman is about to come true. After several months, 23-year-old Josie Foley has raised enough money to purchase a specialized service dog, trained specifically to assist diabetic patients.More >>
  • Carthage Police Dept. Prepares for Giant Children's Christmas Party

    Carthage Police Dept. Prepares for Giant Children's Christmas Party

    Friday, December 19 2014 7:37 PM EST2014-12-20 00:37:03 GMT

    The Carthage Police Department hopes to spread Christmas cheer for children who wouldn't have it otherwise “We have been running around everywhere, getting the candies, getting more toys that were donated to us...and you know, just making it pretty much perfect...


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    The Carthage Police Department hopes to spread Christmas cheer for children who wouldn't have it otherwise “We have been running around everywhere, getting the candies, getting more toys that were donated to us...and you know, just making it pretty much perfect...



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  • Prepackaged carmel apple linked to 5 deaths

    Prepackaged carmel apple linked to 5 deaths

    Friday, December 19 2014 1:32 PM EST2014-12-19 18:32:57 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples until more is known.The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened by a form of bacterial food poisoning called listeria, with 26 hospitalized...More >>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples until more is known.The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened by a form of bacterial food poisoning called listeria, with 26 hospitalized...More >>
  • Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014, including $7.5 million provided by Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg

    Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014, including $7.5 million provided by Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg

    Friday, December 19 2014 1:11 PM EST2014-12-19 18:11:56 GMT
    Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $91.4 million in community benefit in the 2014 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Pittsburg, Wichita, Manhattan and Wamego.In reporting its community benefit, Via Christi Health follows the guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association, which calls for community benefit ...More >>
    Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $91.4 million in community benefit in the 2014 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Pittsburg, Wichita, Manhattan and Wamego.In reporting its community benefit, Via Christi Health follows the guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association, which calls for community benefit ...More >>
  • Neosho declares 'Christmas amnesty' on city arrest warrants

    Neosho declares 'Christmas amnesty' on city arrest warrants

    Friday, December 19 2014 4:30 PM EST2014-12-19 21:30:00 GMT
    Did you miss a municipal court date? Did you forget to pay a ticket or make a payment on your ticket?City of Neosho Municipal Judge Andrew Wood has declared December 22, 2014 through January 9, 2015 as an amnesty period for any outstanding City of Neosho arrest warrants.If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest from the Neosho Municipal Court, and you get in contact with the Neosho Municipal Court Clerk between December 22, 2014 and January 9, 2015, the warrant will be withdrawn, and...More >>
    Did you miss a municipal court date? Did you forget to pay a ticket or make a payment on your ticket?City of Neosho Municipal Judge Andrew Wood has declared December 22, 2014 through January 9, 2015 as an amnesty period for any outstanding City of Neosho arrest warrants.If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest from the Neosho Municipal Court, and you get in contact with the Neosho Municipal Court Clerk between December 22, 2014 and January 9, 2015, the warrant will be withdrawn, and...More >>
  • Kennedy to be next Neosho Chief of Police

    Kennedy to be next Neosho Chief of Police

    Friday, December 19 2014 12:53 PM EST2014-12-19 17:53:52 GMT
    Lt. David Kennedy, also served in the Navy Reserve for 8 years.Lt. David Kennedy, also served in the Navy Reserve for 8 years.
    The City of Neosho is pleased to announce the hiring of Neosho Police Lt. David Kennedy as Neosho Chief of Police.Kennedy will succeed Chief David McCracken, who is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years of service with the City of Neosho.Kennedy has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, including 16 years with the City of Neosho. He has climbed up the department ranks, from patrolman to lieutenant, and now chief of police.In addition to his career as a law enforcement off...More >>
    The City of Neosho is pleased to announce the hiring of Neosho Police Lt. David Kennedy as Neosho Chief of Police.Kennedy will succeed Chief David McCracken, who is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years of service with the City of Neosho.Kennedy has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, including 16 years with the City of Neosho. He has climbed up the department ranks, from patrolman to lieutenant, and now chief of police.In addition to his career as a law enforcement off...More >>
  • Neosho Christmas display draws in spectators from across the Four States

    Neosho Christmas display draws in spectators from across the Four States

    Thursday, December 18 2014 10:42 PM EST2014-12-19 03:42:01 GMT
    Putting up the Christmas lights is never an easy task, but one homeowner in Neosho, MO has taken it to the next level by creating a musically choreographed display, which he programmed by himself.More >>
    Putting up the Christmas lights is never an easy task, but one homeowner in Neosho, MO has taken it to the next level by creating a musically choreographed display, which he programmed by himself.More >>
  • Local artisans talk buying handmade in the four-states

    Local artisans talk buying handmade in the four-states

    Saturday, December 20 2014 11:36 AM EST2014-12-20 16:36:08 GMT
    Everything Georganne Luman and her husband Greg make is handmade in Southwest Missouri.Home items, from small decor pieces to custom furniture. Georganne says her husband sources the materials locally."Barn, huge barns, that he completely tore down and and hauled all the lumber and tin home," she said.The Lumans aim to make items that are impossible to find anywhere else."They're one of a kind. you may see the same item, but it's not the same item," said Georganne. "It's made out of barn wood...More >>
    Everything Georganne Luman and her husband Greg make is handmade in Southwest Missouri.Home items, from small decor pieces to custom furniture. Georganne says her husband sources the materials locally."Barn, huge barns, that he completely tore down and and hauled all the lumber and tin home," she said.The Lumans aim to make items that are impossible to find anywhere else."They're one of a kind. you may see the same item, but it's not the same item," said Georganne. "It's made out of barn wood...More >>
  • Chanute Installs Ultra High Speed Internet

    Chanute Installs Ultra High Speed Internet

    Thursday, December 18 2014 6:55 PM EST2014-12-18 23:55:12 GMT
    If approved by the city commission on Monday Chanute will offer faster internet at a significantly cheaper price than its competitors. “I think the biggest change is when they actually see how much additional speed that this system brings to them personally,” says City Manager Sam Budreau This fiber box is one of the main hubs serving Chanute residents with internet up to 200 times faster. And that's about three times the national average. “Is a new standard that will be set across the ...More >>
    If approved by the city commission on Monday Chanute will offer faster internet at a significantly cheaper price than its competitors. “I think the biggest change is when they actually see how much additional speed that this system brings to them personally,” says City Manager Sam Budreau This fiber box is one of the main hubs serving Chanute residents with internet up to 200 times faster. And that's about three times the national average. “Is a new standard that will be set across the ...More >>
  • Activities & Free Concert @ Joplin vs. Webb City

    Activities & Free Concert @ Joplin vs. Webb City

    Thursday, December 18 2014 5:55 PM EST2014-12-18 22:55:46 GMT
    The Eagles take on the Cardinals in a rivalry that has spanned throughout the years! Make sure you make it out to the first home basketball game at the new Joplin High School on Friday, December 19th. The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, partnered with the Joplin Booster Club, Joplin High School Fusion Club, and MoDOT, will be hosting fun activities before the game and a FREE concert after the Varsity game. A very special thank you to the event's main sponsor, Hometown Pediatrics. The fun and ...More >>
    The Eagles take on the Cardinals in a rivalry that has spanned throughout the years! Make sure you make it out to the first home basketball game at the new Joplin High School on Friday, December 19th. The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, partnered with the Joplin Booster Club, Joplin High School Fusion Club, and MoDOT, will be hosting fun activities before the game and a FREE concert after the Varsity game. A very special thank you to the event's main sponsor, Hometown Pediatrics. The fun and ...More >>
  • Westar Energy waives credit card fee for residential customers

    Westar Energy waives credit card fee for residential customers

    Thursday, December 18 2014 5:13 PM EST2014-12-18 22:13:07 GMT
    Topeka, Kan., Dec. 18, 2014 — Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that residential customers paying by credit and debit card will no longer pay a $2.95 convenience fee.“We are glad to provide our residential customers the opportunity to pay with credit cards without a convenience fee,” Jeff Beasley, vice president, customer care, said. “Our Customer Care team is focused on introducing new options for our customers and making it easy to do business with us.”Westar Energy introduced ma...More >>
    Topeka, Kan., Dec. 18, 2014 — Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that residential customers paying by credit and debit card will no longer pay a $2.95 convenience fee.“We are glad to provide our residential customers the opportunity to pay with credit cards without a convenience fee,” Jeff Beasley, vice president, customer care, said. “Our Customer Care team is focused on introducing new options for our customers and making it easy to do business with us.”Westar Energy introduced ma...More >>
  • Three males linked to several property crimes

    Three males linked to several property crimes

    Thursday, December 18 2014 4:55 PM EST2014-12-18 21:55:47 GMT
    On 12-15-2014 at 09:13 pm the Arma Police Department began a pursuit that started after a report of two men trying to break into a vehicle. The pursuit began after the Arma officer attempted to stop the suspects' truck after it had left the scene. The pursuit was ended after the truck entered Missouri.Deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office located the truck a few minutes later coming back into Kansas at 600 Avenue and 270th Street.Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle and again, ...More >>
    On 12-15-2014 at 09:13 pm the Arma Police Department began a pursuit that started after a report of two men trying to break into a vehicle. The pursuit began after the Arma officer attempted to stop the suspects' truck after it had left the scene. The pursuit was ended after the truck entered Missouri.Deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office located the truck a few minutes later coming back into Kansas at 600 Avenue and 270th Street.Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle and again, ...More >>
  • Carthage Teachers/Coach Win State Awards

    Carthage Teachers/Coach Win State Awards

    Thursday, December 18 2014 4:32 PM EST2014-12-18 21:32:42 GMT
    Mr. Fred Mintert, art teacher at Carthage Junior High School, has been named Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA). Mr. Mintert was chosen by his peers as an exemplary educator who displays great leadership, commitment to teaching and accomplishments within the classroom, as well as the organization. MAEA stated:“Within our organization's great community of fantastic educators, Fred Mintert has been chosen as this year's Middle School Educator...More >>
    Mr. Fred Mintert, art teacher at Carthage Junior High School, has been named Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA). Mr. Mintert was chosen by his peers as an exemplary educator who displays great leadership, commitment to teaching and accomplishments within the classroom, as well as the organization. MAEA stated:“Within our organization's great community of fantastic educators, Fred Mintert has been chosen as this year's Middle School Educator...More >>
  • Crisis Center Christmas Dinner - Dec. 25th

    Crisis Center Christmas Dinner - Dec. 25th

    Thursday, December 18 2014 3:24 PM EST2014-12-18 20:24:41 GMT
    Carthage Crisis Center100 South Main Street, Carthage, MO 6483612-2PMwill deliver within 20 milesThey can order now but must call before 9AM on Christmas morning417-358-3533Help is still needed in some areas. Need pies, cakes.Assistance w/ prep work on the 23rd and could use help on the day of the dinner at 2PM.More >>
    Carthage Crisis Center100 South Main Street, Carthage, MO 6483612-2PMwill deliver within 20 milesThey can order now but must call before 9AM on Christmas morning417-358-3533Help is still needed in some areas. Need pies, cakes.Assistance w/ prep work on the 23rd and could use help on the day of the dinner at 2PM.More >>
  • New year brings new healthcare requirements to employers

    New year brings new healthcare requirements to employers

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 10:23 PM EST2014-12-18 03:23:19 GMT
    A new year will bring some new healthcare requirements to employers nationwide. Some are finding that renewing in an Affordable Care Act compliant plan is creating a financial strain on their business.More >>
    A new year will bring some new healthcare requirements to employers nationwide. Some are finding that renewing in an Affordable Care Act compliant plan is creating a financial strain on their business.More >>
  • Thieves Target Absent Homeowners Stealing Mail and Packages

    Thieves Target Absent Homeowners Stealing Mail and Packages

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 7:58 PM EST2014-12-18 00:58:11 GMT
    “First thought I had when I saw the guy drive, or run, from the front porch to the car was...'they did not just leave a Kris Kringle for that family...something's not right.'" She's sharing her story in hopes others won't be in the same situation as her neighbor. She witnessed three hooded men make way with a package from her neighbor's porch across the street in broad daylight, and she decided to follow the assailants.“I saw the kid in the backseat takeoff from the back porch to the car runn...More >>
    “First thought I had when I saw the guy drive, or run, from the front porch to the car was...'they did not just leave a Kris Kringle for that family...something's not right.'" She's sharing her story in hopes others won't be in the same situation as her neighbor. She witnessed three hooded men make way with a package from her neighbor's porch across the street in broad daylight, and she decided to follow the assailants.“I saw the kid in the backseat takeoff from the back porch to the car runn...More >>
  • St. Mary's Catholic church holds first mass 3 1/2 years after the tornado's destruction

    St. Mary's Catholic church holds first mass 3 1/2 years after the tornado's destruction

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 6:35 PM EST2014-12-17 23:35:28 GMT
    Joplin's Saint Mary's Catholic Church holds its first mass at its new location tonight three and half years after the 2011 tornado destroyed the old church, school and parish center. St. Mary's 5th graders got their first glimpse of the new church during a practice for a Christmas concert. Rosalie Nguyen says, "It was really breathtaking." Langley Miller added, "It's finally here, and it was so beautiful. We all were kind of speechless for a second and then we all started saying awesome." ...More >>
    Joplin's Saint Mary's Catholic Church holds its first mass at its new location tonight three and half years after the 2011 tornado destroyed the old church, school and parish center. St. Mary's 5th graders got their first glimpse of the new church during a practice for a Christmas concert. Rosalie Nguyen says, "It was really breathtaking." Langley Miller added, "It's finally here, and it was so beautiful. We all were kind of speechless for a second and then we all started saying awesome." ...More >>
  • Southeast Gaming Zone Application Extended

    Southeast Gaming Zone Application Extended

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 3:24 PM EST2014-12-17 20:24:59 GMT
    Southeast Gaming Application extended through...More >>
    Southeast Gaming Application extended through...More >>
  • Dr. Vandeven Named New Commissioner of Education

    Dr. Vandeven Named New Commissioner of Education

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 2:13 PM EST2014-12-17 19:13:37 GMT

    Following interviews with five finalists, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to select....

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    Following interviews with five finalists, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to select....

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  • Job Fair @ CCC - December 18th

    Job Fair @ CCC - December 18th

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 3:04 PM EST2014-12-17 20:04:49 GMT
    Through a joint community effort in Montgomery County, another job fair has been scheduled. On December 18, over 30 companies will be in CCC's Nellis Hall from 1pm-9pm to meet with potential employees. Over 1500 available jobs will be represented. To sign up, companies should contact Yvonne Hull at 620-252-7550 x27 or hull.yvonne@coffeyville.eduJob Opportunities:AdminBrake OperatorsCar RepairmanCNC Machine OperatorsDetention OfficersDirector, Training Services More!!!More >>
    Through a joint community effort in Montgomery County, another job fair has been scheduled. On December 18, over 30 companies will be in CCC's Nellis Hall from 1pm-9pm to meet with potential employees. Over 1500 available jobs will be represented. To sign up, companies should contact Yvonne Hull at 620-252-7550 x27 or hull.yvonne@coffeyville.eduJob Opportunities:AdminBrake OperatorsCar RepairmanCNC Machine OperatorsDetention OfficersDirector, Training Services More!!!More >>
  • Dickerson Receives Patriot Employer Award

    Dickerson Receives Patriot Employer Award

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 12:23 PM EST2014-12-17 17:23:33 GMT
    Sandra Dickerson, Director of Business Operations, received an award today from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for recognition as a Patriot Employer. Dickerson was nominated by Logistics Specialist Second Class Petty Officer Andrea Geiger.Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., (LCMHS) is a licensed community mental health center serving La...More >>
    Sandra Dickerson, Director of Business Operations, received an award today from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for recognition as a Patriot Employer. Dickerson was nominated by Logistics Specialist Second Class Petty Officer Andrea Geiger.Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., (LCMHS) is a licensed community mental health center serving La...More >>
  • Joplin Board of Education approves $95,000 change order to correct color of some high school gym seats

    Joplin Board of Education approves $95,000 change order to correct color of some high school gym seats

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 11:28 PM EST2014-12-17 04:28:03 GMT
    The royal blue was supposed to be navy. Superintendent CJ Huff says this has been a concern, as it does not reflect the school's colors. More >>
    The royal blue was supposed to be navy. Superintendent CJ Huff says this has been a concern, as it does not reflect the school's colors. More >>
  • Jasper County officials say general revenue is tight as finalize 2015 budget

    Jasper County officials say general revenue is tight as finalize 2015 budget

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 9:28 PM EST2014-12-17 02:28:12 GMT
    Jasper County officials continue to work to finalize the 2015 budget. However, a tight general revenue fund means the county might not be able to fulfill all the requests from departments for new equipment.More >>
    Jasper County officials continue to work to finalize the 2015 budget. However, a tight general revenue fund means the county might not be able to fulfill all the requests from departments for new equipment.More >>
  • Pittsburg Police Updating Equipment

    Pittsburg Police Updating Equipment

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 7:11 PM EST2014-12-17 00:11:15 GMT
    The Pittsburg Police department is giving it's I.T. network an overhaul. "Our current system is antiquated," Deputy Chief Brent Narges said. "It was obtained in the late 90's."More >>
    The Pittsburg Police department is giving it's I.T. network an overhaul. "Our current system is antiquated," Deputy Chief Brent Narges said. "It was obtained in the late 90's."More >>
  • Mail Theft Prevention tips from JPD

    Mail Theft Prevention tips from JPD

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 5:22 PM EST2014-12-16 22:22:57 GMT
    The Joplin Police Department has recently taken several reports of mail and other parcels being stolen from residences. The reports have indicated that mail is being taken from mailboxes in residential areas and that packages that are left at residences have also been taken.We would like to remind everyone of some helpful hints to try and prevent your mail or other packages from being tampered with.Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're ...More >>
    The Joplin Police Department has recently taken several reports of mail and other parcels being stolen from residences. The reports have indicated that mail is being taken from mailboxes in residential areas and that packages that are left at residences have also been taken.We would like to remind everyone of some helpful hints to try and prevent your mail or other packages from being tampered with.Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're ...More >>
  • Pedestrian passes away after accident

    Pedestrian passes away after accident

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 2:55 PM EST2014-12-16 19:55:07 GMT
    The Missouri Highway Patrol says an Arkansas man was run over by two vehicles on Interstate 49 near Pineville last Friday. Tommy Ramsey, 53, had pulled his pickup onto the shoulder and was underneath fixing the vehicle. An American General truck drifted off the side the roadway hitting Ramsey's truck from behind.Both vehicles rolled over the victim. Ramsey was taken to the hospital where passed away. Next of kin was notified. This is Troop D's 102nd fatality for 2014.More >>
    The Missouri Highway Patrol says an Arkansas man was run over by two vehicles on Interstate 49 near Pineville last Friday. Tommy Ramsey, 53, had pulled his pickup onto the shoulder and was underneath fixing the vehicle. An American General truck drifted off the side the roadway hitting Ramsey's truck from behind.Both vehicles rolled over the victim. Ramsey was taken to the hospital where passed away. Next of kin was notified. This is Troop D's 102nd fatality for 2014.More >>
  • New Parsons police chief says interaction with residents is important in keeping community safe

    New Parsons police chief says interaction with residents is important in keeping community safe

    Monday, December 15 2014 10:24 PM EST2014-12-16 03:24:23 GMT
    Jason Sharp, Parsons Chief of Police who began December 3, says it's time for the city to look ahead. More >>
    Jason Sharp, Parsons Chief of Police who began December 3, says it's time for the city to look ahead. More >>
  • Today projected as busiest holiday shipping day of the year

    Today projected as busiest holiday shipping day of the year

    Monday, December 15 2014 10:03 PM EST2014-12-16 03:03:24 GMT
    Today is projected to be the biggest holiday shipping day of the year. Many residents in the Four States had their packages ready for send off today, in hopes of saving some money on shipping costs.More >>
    Today is projected to be the biggest holiday shipping day of the year. Many residents in the Four States had their packages ready for send off today, in hopes of saving some money on shipping costs.More >>
  • Bridge Project Delayed in Crawford County

    Bridge Project Delayed in Crawford County

    Monday, December 15 2014 7:51 PM EST2014-12-16 00:51:50 GMT
    Many Pittsburg-area residents are upset. A bridge project supposed to be complete by now, might not be finished until April. More >>
    Many Pittsburg-area residents are upset. A bridge project supposed to be complete by now, might not be finished until April. More >>
  • Pizza Delivery Man Robbed

    Pizza Delivery Man Robbed

    Monday, December 15 2014 5:47 PM EST2014-12-15 22:47:14 GMT
    On December 14, 2014 at approximately 8:01 p.m. Parsons Police officers were dispatched to the area of 2400 block of Crawford in reference to a pizza delivery driver being robbed at knife point.Upon arrival, officers made contact with Horton's Pizza delivery man. He told officers that he had been sent to 2406 Crawford with a pizza delivery. He was unable to locate the address and stopped at 2408 Crawford. There was a man standing in the driveway to the west of that address. The delivery drive...More >>
    On December 14, 2014 at approximately 8:01 p.m. Parsons Police officers were dispatched to the area of 2400 block of Crawford in reference to a pizza delivery driver being robbed at knife point.Upon arrival, officers made contact with Horton's Pizza delivery man. He told officers that he had been sent to 2406 Crawford with a pizza delivery. He was unable to locate the address and stopped at 2408 Crawford. There was a man standing in the driveway to the west of that address. The delivery drive...More >>
  • Mercy Health Foundation Joplin announces Shine celebration benefit and award-winning entertainers

    Mercy Health Foundation Joplin announces Shine celebration benefit and award-winning entertainers

    Monday, December 15 2014 5:42 PM EST2014-12-15 22:42:12 GMT
    Mercy Health Foundation Joplin is pleased to announce its first benefit event Shine, presented by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Shine will be held at the new Mercy Hospital Joplin on January 31, 2015. The celebration benefit will begin at 5 p.m. at the new hospital and progress to Downstream Casino Resort for a concert by award-winning country duo, Thompson Square. In addition to the concert, the Shine celebration will feature cocktails, dinner, exclusive hospital tours and special pre- a...More >>
    Mercy Health Foundation Joplin is pleased to announce its first benefit event Shine, presented by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Shine will be held at the new Mercy Hospital Joplin on January 31, 2015. The celebration benefit will begin at 5 p.m. at the new hospital and progress to Downstream Casino Resort for a concert by award-winning country duo, Thompson Square. In addition to the concert, the Shine celebration will feature cocktails, dinner, exclusive hospital tours and special pre- a...More >>
  • Parson Police Department warns residents about IRS Scam

    Parson Police Department warns residents about IRS Scam

    Monday, December 15 2014 5:29 PM EST2014-12-15 22:29:33 GMT
    Over the past few days, the Parsons Police Department has received multiple calls from residents regarding a suspected scam.According to IRS.gov, this is an aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. The ...More >>
    Over the past few days, the Parsons Police Department has received multiple calls from residents regarding a suspected scam.According to IRS.gov, this is an aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. The ...More >>
  • Murder suspects enter pleas; Cases Set for Dec. 29th

    Murder suspects enter pleas; Cases Set for Dec. 29th

    Monday, December 15 2014 5:22 PM EST2014-12-15 22:22:49 GMT
    Smith and Carter have dates set for Dec. 29th in court.More >>
    Smith and Carter have dates set for Dec. 29th in court.More >>
  • Receive Text Updates about Upcoming Member Events

    Receive Text Updates about Upcoming Member Events

    Monday, December 15 2014 4:42 PM EST2014-12-15 21:42:19 GMT
    We are excited to be able to offer a new service to our members! You can now receive updates on Member Events through a text message.If you would like to receive a text message when we have a member event suchAs First Friday Coffee, Business After Hours, Quarterly Luncheons, etc., just follow the directions below:It's very simple! Text “Neosho” to 417-312-9108 to subscribe. (Text “STOP” to unsubscribe.)More >>
    We are excited to be able to offer a new service to our members! You can now receive updates on Member Events through a text message.If you would like to receive a text message when we have a member event suchAs First Friday Coffee, Business After Hours, Quarterly Luncheons, etc., just follow the directions below:It's very simple! Text “Neosho” to 417-312-9108 to subscribe. (Text “STOP” to unsubscribe.)More >>
  • Lyerla Resigns

    Lyerla Resigns

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 12:03 PM EST2014-12-17 17:03:45 GMT
    Lyerla has resigned his position....More >>
    Lyerla has resigned his position....More >>
  • Vacant mall to become Midwest's destination for youth baseball

    Vacant mall to become Midwest's destination for youth baseball

    Monday, December 15 2014 1:32 PM EST2014-12-15 18:32:25 GMT
    There are roughly 1,000 malls remaining in the United States. Of this rapidly dwindling number only about 400, the malls that cater to high income neighborhoods, are projected to remain open at the end of this decade. The rest will be closed, or re-purposed into offices and other commercial space.The Factory Merchants Outlet in Branson, Mo, is a perfect example of a vacant mall in need of re-purposing. But instead of turning into a mega-church, office space or a storage facility, the rebirth ...More >>
    There are roughly 1,000 malls remaining in the United States. Of this rapidly dwindling number only about 400, the malls that cater to high income neighborhoods, are projected to remain open at the end of this decade. The rest will be closed, or re-purposed into offices and other commercial space.The Factory Merchants Outlet in Branson, Mo, is a perfect example of a vacant mall in need of re-purposing. But instead of turning into a mega-church, office space or a storage facility, the rebirth ...More >>
  • Miami PD Reminds Residents to Lock Up

    Miami PD Reminds Residents to Lock Up

    Monday, December 15 2014 1:26 PM EST2014-12-15 18:26:25 GMT
    The Miami Police Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles. The department has recently received several reports of car larcenies involving unlocked vehicles in the southwest part of Miami.Most theft from vehicles occur simply when the opportunity exists. For security, lock your vehicle every time you park it, even in your own driveway. If you need to leave valuable items in your vehicle, put them in the trunk or hide them under a seat.In response to these crimes, the Miami Pol...More >>
    The Miami Police Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles. The department has recently received several reports of car larcenies involving unlocked vehicles in the southwest part of Miami.Most theft from vehicles occur simply when the opportunity exists. For security, lock your vehicle every time you park it, even in your own driveway. If you need to leave valuable items in your vehicle, put them in the trunk or hide them under a seat.In response to these crimes, the Miami Pol...More >>
  • MSSU Holds Christmas Concert in Webb City

    MSSU Holds Christmas Concert in Webb City

    Sunday, December 14 2014 10:36 PM EST2014-12-15 03:36:29 GMT
    The MSSU Choral Society holds a Christmas Concert. 46 Choral Society members sang songs of the holiday season including the cantata "The Perfect Rose" and the chorus from Handel's Messiah "And the Glory of the Lord." The free concert was held at the First Baptist Church in Webb City. The Choral Society was formed in 1980 as a continuing education class at Missouri Southern led by music professor Al Carnine who still serves as artistic director. Members come from all parts of the commun...More >>
    The MSSU Choral Society holds a Christmas Concert. 46 Choral Society members sang songs of the holiday season including the cantata "The Perfect Rose" and the chorus from Handel's Messiah "And the Glory of the Lord." The free concert was held at the First Baptist Church in Webb City. The Choral Society was formed in 1980 as a continuing education class at Missouri Southern led by music professor Al Carnine who still serves as artistic director. Members come from all parts of the commun...More >>
  • Miami Church Gives Away Two Hundred Bikes to Children in Need

    Miami Church Gives Away Two Hundred Bikes to Children in Need

    Sunday, December 14 2014 10:30 PM EST2014-12-15 03:30:04 GMT
    More than 200 lucky children got their golden ticket to an item on every child's Christmas list...a brand new set of wheels. “I was so excited to get a new bike with it,” says Mercedes Moore. “Bikes are just something that's glamorous for a kindergarten through fifth grader and just really gets their attention and gets them excited,” says Children's Pastor Ryon Moore. Organized by Miami's First Assembly of God, the church partnered with school social workers to pick out the children most des...More >>
    More than 200 lucky children got their golden ticket to an item on every child's Christmas list...a brand new set of wheels. “I was so excited to get a new bike with it,” says Mercedes Moore. “Bikes are just something that's glamorous for a kindergarten through fifth grader and just really gets their attention and gets them excited,” says Children's Pastor Ryon Moore. Organized by Miami's First Assembly of God, the church partnered with school social workers to pick out the children most des...More >>
  • Gift Wrapping Helps Area Mothers

    Gift Wrapping Helps Area Mothers

    Saturday, December 13 2014 10:58 PM EST2014-12-14 03:58:24 GMT
    Shoppers at Pittsburg's Meadowbrook Mall can help local mothers while getting their holiday gifts wrapped. More >>
    Shoppers at Pittsburg's Meadowbrook Mall can help local mothers while getting their holiday gifts wrapped. More >>
  • Gun Club Match Helps Toy Box Drive

    Gun Club Match Helps Toy Box Drive

    Saturday, December 13 2014 10:52 PM EST2014-12-14 03:52:57 GMT
    The Joplin Rifle and Pistol Club holds it's annual "Toy Box Match"The match was a marksmanship competition where participants donated toys as an entry fee. The toys are then donated to the Toybox Campaign. More >>
    The Joplin Rifle and Pistol Club holds it's annual "Toy Box Match"The match was a marksmanship competition where participants donated toys as an entry fee. The toys are then donated to the Toybox Campaign. More >>
  • Dickensfest in Murphysburg

    Dickensfest in Murphysburg

    Saturday, December 13 2014 10:43 PM EST2014-12-14 03:43:38 GMT
    Murphysburg historic district holds "Dickensfest" at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. More >>
    Murphysburg historic district holds "Dickensfest" at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. More >>
  • Wreaths Across America participation doubles in size at Fort Scott National Cemetery

    Wreaths Across America participation doubles in size at Fort Scott National Cemetery

    Saturday, December 13 2014 9:13 PM EST2014-12-14 02:13:19 GMT
    Hundreds gathered to take part in the national event. The Wreaths Across America foundation aims to remember and honor all soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, and to teach children the value of freedom, through the laying of holiday wreaths on veteran's graves. More >>
    Hundreds gathered to take part in the national event. The Wreaths Across America foundation aims to remember and honor all soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, and to teach children the value of freedom, through the laying of holiday wreaths on veteran's graves. More >>
  • Couples Rush to the Altar to Marry on 12/13/14

    Couples Rush to the Altar to Marry on 12/13/14

    Saturday, December 13 2014 6:44 PM EST2014-12-13 23:44:01 GMT
    More than a dozen couples rush to the altar to wed on a day they will never forget. “We were trying to find one day that would be kind of special that we would remember and we just come up with 12, 13, 14, and then decided to get married at 10:11 on that day,” says Pleasanton, KS newlywed Randy Johnson. For the Johnsons the date wasn't the only special thing about their wedding day. They've both stood at the altar together before and this day is a commitment to their new life back together...More >>
    More than a dozen couples rush to the altar to wed on a day they will never forget. “We were trying to find one day that would be kind of special that we would remember and we just come up with 12, 13, 14, and then decided to get married at 10:11 on that day,” says Pleasanton, KS newlywed Randy Johnson. For the Johnsons the date wasn't the only special thing about their wedding day. They've both stood at the altar together before and this day is a commitment to their new life back together...More >>
  • 15-Year Old Graduates From Pitt State

    15-Year Old Graduates From Pitt State

    Saturday, December 13 2014 7:39 PM EST2014-12-14 00:39:22 GMT
    Alex Jaeger isn't your typical college graduate. He's a double major in music and biology. He's a classically trained pianist, and currently learning to speak Russian. Shocking... When you realize he's only fifteen. More >>
    Alex Jaeger isn't your typical college graduate. He's a double major in music and biology. He's a classically trained pianist, and currently learning to speak Russian. Shocking... When you realize he's only fifteen. More >>
  • Local Tribes Against Allowing Marijuana On Their Lands

    Local Tribes Against Allowing Marijuana On Their Lands

    Friday, December 12 2014 7:40 PM EST2014-12-13 00:40:23 GMT
    Tribal leaders are weighing in on an unexpected decision by the justice department to allow tribes to grow and sell marijuana on tribal property. “Surprised mainly. You know that's something we've never really considered doing," says Wyandotte 2nd Chief Norman Hildebrand. He tells me Wyandotte is fundamentally against marijuana's legalization, it's even in their tribal bylaws. and he says it would be harmful to society." “We like to abide by state and federal laws and plus it would just set...More >>
    Tribal leaders are weighing in on an unexpected decision by the justice department to allow tribes to grow and sell marijuana on tribal property. “Surprised mainly. You know that's something we've never really considered doing," says Wyandotte 2nd Chief Norman Hildebrand. He tells me Wyandotte is fundamentally against marijuana's legalization, it's even in their tribal bylaws. and he says it would be harmful to society." “We like to abide by state and federal laws and plus it would just set...More >>
  • Semi causes damage to Thayer City Hall

    Semi causes damage to Thayer City Hall

    Friday, December 12 2014 5:08 PM EST2014-12-12 22:08:18 GMT
    At 10:18 AM this morning, A semi driving on US 169 left the road, and struck two vehicles. Vehicle 2 was legally parked at the city offices, and Semi contiuned north across Neosho St. striking vehicle 3.David Ryan, who was drving the semi, had a medical issue when leaving the road. The semi did cause damage to City Hall.Ryan was taken Neosho County Memorial for undisclosed injuries.No injuries were reported at Thayer City Hall. Ryan was wearing his seat belt.More >>
    At 10:18 AM this morning, A semi driving on US 169 left the road, and struck two vehicles. Vehicle 2 was legally parked at the city offices, and Semi contiuned north across Neosho St. striking vehicle 3.David Ryan, who was drving the semi, had a medical issue when leaving the road. The semi did cause damage to City Hall.Ryan was taken Neosho County Memorial for undisclosed injuries.No injuries were reported at Thayer City Hall. Ryan was wearing his seat belt.More >>
  • Holiday Light Tour & Light up Fort Scott Contest of 2014 - December 12th- January 8th

    Holiday Light Tour & Light up Fort Scott Contest of 2014 - December 12th- January 8th

    Friday, December 12 2014 4:47 PM EST2014-12-12 21:47:20 GMT
    The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces the Holiday Lights tours for the 2014 holiday season. The tours will run from December 12 to January 8 in the evenings (Monday – Saturday) by group reservation only; minimum of 6 riders. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tours are a great activity for groups, businesses, families, and other organizations; maximum of 12 adults per tour. Tours take place on the current trolley substitute, a festive and handicap accessible ...More >>
    The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces the Holiday Lights tours for the 2014 holiday season. The tours will run from December 12 to January 8 in the evenings (Monday – Saturday) by group reservation only; minimum of 6 riders. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tours are a great activity for groups, businesses, families, and other organizations; maximum of 12 adults per tour. Tours take place on the current trolley substitute, a festive and handicap accessible ...More >>
  • Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry: Gift Wrapping - Dec. 12th-14th, 19th-21st

    Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry: Gift Wrapping - Dec. 12th-14th, 19th-21st

    Friday, December 12 2014 3:54 PM EST2014-12-12 20:54:26 GMT
    Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry will be providing gift wrapping services at Meadowbrook Mall, outside of J.C. Penney. You may bring in gifts from home to be wrapped as well as gifts you may have just purchased. There will be 3 levels of wrapping: Basic for a suggested donation of $1; Deluxe for a suggested donation of $2; and Ultimate for a suggested donation of $5. The Ultimate package is geared toward those who want an extra special, ultimate presentation for their significant other. Ho...More >>
    Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry will be providing gift wrapping services at Meadowbrook Mall, outside of J.C. Penney. You may bring in gifts from home to be wrapped as well as gifts you may have just purchased. There will be 3 levels of wrapping: Basic for a suggested donation of $1; Deluxe for a suggested donation of $2; and Ultimate for a suggested donation of $5. The Ultimate package is geared toward those who want an extra special, ultimate presentation for their significant other. Ho...More >>
  • Mercy & Webb City Schools Sponsorship

    Mercy & Webb City Schools Sponsorship

    Friday, December 12 2014 12:53 PM EST2014-12-12 17:53:13 GMT
    The Webb City School District is proud to announce our partnership with Mercy Hospital. Mercy has graciously provided $250,000 sponsorship to the Webb City Schools Foundation to support the endowments for general education, fine arts, and athletics.The partnership is a reflection of how two great organizations can benefit the community. The Webb City Cardinal Dome, for decades, will be known as a safe place for kids and the community. Knowing we have the support from Mercy demonstrates their ...More >>
    The Webb City School District is proud to announce our partnership with Mercy Hospital. Mercy has graciously provided $250,000 sponsorship to the Webb City Schools Foundation to support the endowments for general education, fine arts, and athletics.The partnership is a reflection of how two great organizations can benefit the community. The Webb City Cardinal Dome, for decades, will be known as a safe place for kids and the community. Knowing we have the support from Mercy demonstrates their ...More >>
  • Upcoming Events at RSVPaint-Joplin - Through January 31st

    Upcoming Events at RSVPaint-Joplin - Through January 31st

    Friday, December 12 2014 12:48 PM EST2014-12-12 17:48:19 GMT
    All events are help at RSVPaint-Joplin 420 South Main Street Joplin Mo 64801. Phone number 417-680-5434.All events are 2-hrs, pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron, and instruction. All events are $35 each, 13 and over unless otherwise noted. 21 and over to consume alcohol. Guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance.www.rsvpaint.comFacebookMore >>
    All events are help at RSVPaint-Joplin 420 South Main Street Joplin Mo 64801. Phone number 417-680-5434.All events are 2-hrs, pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron, and instruction. All events are $35 each, 13 and over unless otherwise noted. 21 and over to consume alcohol. Guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance.www.rsvpaint.comFacebookMore >>
  • Governor Brownback Makes Appointment to 6th District Court

    Governor Brownback Makes Appointment to 6th District Court

    Friday, December 12 2014 12:44 PM EST2014-12-12 17:44:34 GMT
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today the appointment of Fort Scott attorney Terri L. Johnson to the 6th District Court of the State of Kansas. Johnson will replace retiring Chief Judge Richard Smith.“Terri's experience as a county attorney and counselor has well prepared her to serve in this new capacity. She has a sharp legal mind and strong credentials which uniquely qualify her for this position,” Gov. Brownback said.Johnson earned her bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State Univer...More >>
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today the appointment of Fort Scott attorney Terri L. Johnson to the 6th District Court of the State of Kansas. Johnson will replace retiring Chief Judge Richard Smith.“Terri's experience as a county attorney and counselor has well prepared her to serve in this new capacity. She has a sharp legal mind and strong credentials which uniquely qualify her for this position,” Gov. Brownback said.Johnson earned her bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State Univer...More >>
  • Employer of the Month Nominations now open

    Employer of the Month Nominations now open

    Friday, December 12 2014 12:37 PM EST2014-12-12 17:37:26 GMT
    The Business and Employer Appreciation Committee is now accepting nominations for 2015 Employer/Business of the Month recognitions.Have you had a positive experience with a Neosho Business? The nomination process is simple, click on the link below and fill out the 2 question form.We appreciate your support of Neosho businesses!!Nomination FormMore >>
    The Business and Employer Appreciation Committee is now accepting nominations for 2015 Employer/Business of the Month recognitions.Have you had a positive experience with a Neosho Business? The nomination process is simple, click on the link below and fill out the 2 question form.We appreciate your support of Neosho businesses!!Nomination FormMore >>
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol Seeking Information Regarding Stolen State Property

    Missouri State Highway Patrol Seeking Information Regarding Stolen State Property

    Friday, December 12 2014 12:33 PM EST2014-12-12 17:33:39 GMT
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is currently investigating a theft which occurred on state property in Barton County and is seeking assistance with the identification of a suspect.During the early morning hours of November 11, 2014, surveillance cameras were stolen from property owned by the state of Missouri, in Barton County, south of Golden City. Still photographs were acquired from video of the suspect during the course of the crime. Additionally, su...More >>
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is currently investigating a theft which occurred on state property in Barton County and is seeking assistance with the identification of a suspect.During the early morning hours of November 11, 2014, surveillance cameras were stolen from property owned by the state of Missouri, in Barton County, south of Golden City. Still photographs were acquired from video of the suspect during the course of the crime. Additionally, su...More >>
  • Bicknell Center for the Arts Begins Phase Two

    Bicknell Center for the Arts Begins Phase Two

    Thursday, December 11 2014 10:49 PM EST2014-12-12 03:49:49 GMT
    Pitt State's "Bicknell Family Center for the Arts" is ready for its inaugural season next year. But there's still additional construction and fund raising to be done.More >>
    Pitt State's "Bicknell Family Center for the Arts" is ready for its inaugural season next year. But there's still additional construction and fund raising to be done.More >>
  • Webb City Expands Paradise Lake

    Webb City Expands Paradise Lake

    Thursday, December 11 2014 7:32 PM EST2014-12-12 00:32:52 GMT
    King Jack Park is getting a major facelift. “We come out and check on it, about three or four days a week, about everyday almost,” says Spring City Resident Jody Darris. It's all part of a project to expand Paradise Lake. In a deal with the EPA, the agency agreed to dig out two additional holes next to the lake and use the extra dirt to fill the mine shafts they've been capping for three years now. These three holes, now lakes, will eventually be connected into one giant pool...More >>
    King Jack Park is getting a major facelift. “We come out and check on it, about three or four days a week, about everyday almost,” says Spring City Resident Jody Darris. It's all part of a project to expand Paradise Lake. In a deal with the EPA, the agency agreed to dig out two additional holes next to the lake and use the extra dirt to fill the mine shafts they've been capping for three years now. These three holes, now lakes, will eventually be connected into one giant pool...More >>
  • Joplin Middle School Students Apply for Jobs at the North Pole

    Joplin Middle School Students Apply for Jobs at the North Pole

    Thursday, December 11 2014 6:32 PM EST2014-12-11 23:32:27 GMT
    Most kids won't get their first job until they turn sixteen but at North Middle school in Joplin today, dozens applied to work at the North Pole. Students took the process pretty seriously and learned real life lessons. "I practiced for a month," says Grace Nielson an eighth grade student. While she applied to be North Pole doctor others vied for the job of candy chef, toy maker and even warehouse supervisor. Professionals in business including KOAM-TV sales managers and the news director...More >>
    Most kids won't get their first job until they turn sixteen but at North Middle school in Joplin today, dozens applied to work at the North Pole. Students took the process pretty seriously and learned real life lessons. "I practiced for a month," says Grace Nielson an eighth grade student. While she applied to be North Pole doctor others vied for the job of candy chef, toy maker and even warehouse supervisor. Professionals in business including KOAM-TV sales managers and the news director...More >>
  • Joplin Daybreak Rotary to present checks to 4 local charities

    Joplin Daybreak Rotary to present checks to 4 local charities

    Thursday, December 11 2014 5:38 PM EST2014-12-11 22:38:22 GMT
    Joplin Daybreak Rotary will be presenting checks to four local charities on Friday, December 12 at 7:00 am in the BSC Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.Each year, Joplin Daybreak Rotary chooses local charities to donate to. This year, checks will be presented to Community Support Services, Lafayette House, Miracle League of Joplin, and Ronald McDonald House of the Four States.“Daybreak Rotary really enjoys giving back to the community and that includes our Christmas donations” st...More >>
    Joplin Daybreak Rotary will be presenting checks to four local charities on Friday, December 12 at 7:00 am in the BSC Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.Each year, Joplin Daybreak Rotary chooses local charities to donate to. This year, checks will be presented to Community Support Services, Lafayette House, Miracle League of Joplin, and Ronald McDonald House of the Four States.“Daybreak Rotary really enjoys giving back to the community and that includes our Christmas donations” st...More >>
  • DOJ say tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

    DOJ say tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

    Thursday, December 11 2014 4:01 PM EST2014-12-11 21:01:01 GMT
    (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, even in states that haven't legalized pot.Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall was co-chair of a group that developed the policy announced Thursday.Marshall says the policy was developed after a handful of tribes asked how legalization of pot in states like Oregon and Washington would apply to them.Marshall insists that federal prosecution priorities that exist for individual states also apply to...More >>
    (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, even in states that haven't legalized pot.Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall was co-chair of a group that developed the policy announced Thursday.Marshall says the policy was developed after a handful of tribes asked how legalization of pot in states like Oregon and Washington would apply to them.Marshall insists that federal prosecution priorities that exist for individual states also apply to...More >>
  • Hearts & Hammers of Pittsburg - Now Taking Apps for Workday in 2015

    Hearts & Hammers of Pittsburg - Now Taking Apps for Workday in 2015

    Thursday, December 11 2014 3:20 PM EST2014-12-11 20:20:58 GMT
    Hearts Hammers of Pittsburg is a non-profit charitable volunteer organization, whose mission is to help homeowners that are financially or physically unable to perform repairs on their home. Hearts Hammers of Pittsburg is currently accepting applications for the spring 2015 Work Day in April. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 201 W. 4th or at the Homer Cole Community Center, 3003 N. Joplin.The work will be performed by community volunteers under the supervision of house captains t...More >>
    Hearts Hammers of Pittsburg is a non-profit charitable volunteer organization, whose mission is to help homeowners that are financially or physically unable to perform repairs on their home. Hearts Hammers of Pittsburg is currently accepting applications for the spring 2015 Work Day in April. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 201 W. 4th or at the Homer Cole Community Center, 3003 N. Joplin.The work will be performed by community volunteers under the supervision of house captains t...More >>
  • Mrs. Claus coming to Webb City Farmers Market

    Mrs. Claus coming to Webb City Farmers Market

    Thursday, December 11 2014 1:47 PM EST2014-12-11 18:47:03 GMT
    The Webb City Farmers Market is open this Saturday from 9 to noon inside the enclosed and heated market pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park and Mrs. Claus will be in residence. She'll welcome children to stand by her or in her lap to pose for photos – bring your camera – at the entrance to the Christkindlmarket where Rob and Drew Pommert will sing holiday songs.Kay McLaughlin of Hazel's Bakery will demonstrate and sample Pumpkin Cake Rolls. There'll be free samples of mulle...More >>
    The Webb City Farmers Market is open this Saturday from 9 to noon inside the enclosed and heated market pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park and Mrs. Claus will be in residence. She'll welcome children to stand by her or in her lap to pose for photos – bring your camera – at the entrance to the Christkindlmarket where Rob and Drew Pommert will sing holiday songs.Kay McLaughlin of Hazel's Bakery will demonstrate and sample Pumpkin Cake Rolls. There'll be free samples of mulle...More >>
  • PSC Announces Local Public Hearing Schedule in Empire District Electric Company Rate Case

    PSC Announces Local Public Hearing Schedule in Empire District Electric Company Rate Case

    Thursday, December 11 2014 1:42 PM EST2014-12-11 18:42:06 GMT
    JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold local public hearings in Joplin and Reeds Spring in an electric rate case filed by The Empire District Electric Company. The local public hearing schedule appears below.February 17, 2015—Joplin. Plaster Hall Building, Cornell Auditorium, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 East Newman Road. A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony to follow.February ...More >>
    JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold local public hearings in Joplin and Reeds Spring in an electric rate case filed by The Empire District Electric Company. The local public hearing schedule appears below.February 17, 2015—Joplin. Plaster Hall Building, Cornell Auditorium, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 East Newman Road. A PSC staff public information/question and answer session starts at 12:00 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony to follow.February ...More >>
  • Baxter Springs Fatal Crash

    Baxter Springs Fatal Crash

    Thursday, December 11 2014 4:50 PM EST2014-12-11 21:50:04 GMT
    On Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at approximately 8 p.m. Baxter Springs Police, Fire and E.M.S. responded to an accident located just North of the Baxter Springs High School on Hwy 69 alt.Once Emergency Personnel arrived on scene 53 year old Anna Bishop was transported by E.M.S. to Freeman Hospital for injuries resulting from the accident. James Cramer III was pronounced dead at the scene. Bishop was wearing a seat belt, Cramer was not secured by a seat belt.It was determined the vehicle drive...More >>
    On Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at approximately 8 p.m. Baxter Springs Police, Fire and E.M.S. responded to an accident located just North of the Baxter Springs High School on Hwy 69 alt.Once Emergency Personnel arrived on scene 53 year old Anna Bishop was transported by E.M.S. to Freeman Hospital for injuries resulting from the accident. James Cramer III was pronounced dead at the scene. Bishop was wearing a seat belt, Cramer was not secured by a seat belt.It was determined the vehicle drive...More >>
  • Toilet Paper Trees - Through December 22nd

    Toilet Paper Trees - Through December 22nd

    Thursday, December 11 2014 12:51 PM EST2014-12-11 17:51:21 GMT
    How many rolls of toilet paper are needed at the Carthage Crisis Center each year?4,400 rollsYou can Help!Take a package of toilet paper to any Carthage bank from now until December 22nd.When:Dec 1-Dec 22Where:Banks in Carthage MOThe banks will turn the packages into christmas trees and then donate all of the packages to the Carthage Crisis Center.Questions? Contact Brian Bisbee @417-358-3533Participating Banks:Arvest bankHeritage BankHometown BankLiberty BankSouthwest MO BankUMB BankUS BankMore >>
    How many rolls of toilet paper are needed at the Carthage Crisis Center each year?4,400 rollsYou can Help!Take a package of toilet paper to any Carthage bank from now until December 22nd.When:Dec 1-Dec 22Where:Banks in Carthage MOThe banks will turn the packages into christmas trees and then donate all of the packages to the Carthage Crisis Center.Questions? Contact Brian Bisbee @417-358-3533Participating Banks:Arvest bankHeritage BankHometown BankLiberty BankSouthwest MO BankUMB BankUS BankMore >>
  • Chetopa, KS couple builds toys from scratch to bring imaginative play to children

    Chetopa, KS couple builds toys from scratch to bring imaginative play to children

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 10:25 PM EST2014-12-11 03:25:05 GMT
    Ivan Rexwinkle traded real cows for wood ones. A former cattleman, he makes toys by hand, from scratch. "I wanted to do something, to create something, that kids will have an imagination to do something," he said. More >>
    Ivan Rexwinkle traded real cows for wood ones. A former cattleman, he makes toys by hand, from scratch. "I wanted to do something, to create something, that kids will have an imagination to do something," he said. More >>
  • PSU comments on indictment of former faculty member

    PSU comments on indictment of former faculty member

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 7:34 PM EST2014-12-11 00:34:10 GMT
    Pittsburg, KS - Pittsburg State University announced today that it had accepted the resignation of Professor and former MBA Program Director Michael Muoghalu. The resignation comes after an internal review involving the program's financial affairs.“We discovered some questionable financial procedures during an internal inquiry in May,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “Dr. Muoghalu was placed on unpaid administrative leave shortly after th...More >>
    Pittsburg, KS - Pittsburg State University announced today that it had accepted the resignation of Professor and former MBA Program Director Michael Muoghalu. The resignation comes after an internal review involving the program's financial affairs.“We discovered some questionable financial procedures during an internal inquiry in May,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “Dr. Muoghalu was placed on unpaid administrative leave shortly after th...More >>
  • Oklahoma Churches Prepare for Natural Disaster Relief Effort

    Oklahoma Churches Prepare for Natural Disaster Relief Effort

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 6:54 PM EST2014-12-10 23:54:39 GMT
    “A lot of people say, oh well I'll take care of it tomorrow, or I'll do that tomorrow, well tomorrow might be too late,” says Miami Emergency Management Director Glenda Longan. Representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma are being proactive, by taking steps to prepare their community in the event of an emergency like last month's floods. Faith based organizations are usually one of the first groups to step in, besides local law enforcement in the event of an emergency...More >>
    “A lot of people say, oh well I'll take care of it tomorrow, or I'll do that tomorrow, well tomorrow might be too late,” says Miami Emergency Management Director Glenda Longan. Representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma are being proactive, by taking steps to prepare their community in the event of an emergency like last month's floods. Faith based organizations are usually one of the first groups to step in, besides local law enforcement in the event of an emergency...More >>
  • MSSU Adopts Great Game of Education Strategy for Financial Sustainability

    MSSU Adopts Great Game of Education Strategy for Financial Sustainability

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 6:10 PM EST2014-12-10 23:10:27 GMT
    Missouri Southern State University officials say they need a more sustainable financial future. For several years, the university has passed budgets that included deficit spending. Officials say that's because of state funding cuts and the inability to raise tuition more than the cost of living. Now the school is trying a strategy that's been successful in business and industry. It's being called the great game of education modeled after a book. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack. The...More >>
    Missouri Southern State University officials say they need a more sustainable financial future. For several years, the university has passed budgets that included deficit spending. Officials say that's because of state funding cuts and the inability to raise tuition more than the cost of living. Now the school is trying a strategy that's been successful in business and industry. It's being called the great game of education modeled after a book. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack. The...More >>
  • Empire Encourages Customers to Prepare for Winter Weather by Developing Emergency Action Plan

    Empire Encourages Customers to Prepare for Winter Weather by Developing Emergency Action Plan

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 3:51 PM EST2014-12-10 20:51:14 GMT
    As winter approaches it brings the possibility of severe weather. Apower outage may occur in any season, but the loss of service during extreme weather can be especiallychallenging. Now is the time to develop an action plan in the event of an extended power outage.If a family member is medically dependent upon electricity, having arrangements in place to maintaintheir health and safety is essential. Identify emergency shelter locations and family or friends that canprovide assistance or trans...More >>
    As winter approaches it brings the possibility of severe weather. Apower outage may occur in any season, but the loss of service during extreme weather can be especiallychallenging. Now is the time to develop an action plan in the event of an extended power outage.If a family member is medically dependent upon electricity, having arrangements in place to maintaintheir health and safety is essential. Identify emergency shelter locations and family or friends that canprovide assistance or trans...More >>
  • JHS Band Winter Concert, Senior Night, Reception & Pie Auction - December 11th

    JHS Band Winter Concert, Senior Night, Reception & Pie Auction - December 11th

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 3:33 PM EST2014-12-10 20:33:13 GMT
    The Joplin High School Eagle Pride Band will host the annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 7 PM in the East Middle School auditorium. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.The evening will begin with the 28 member JHS Jazz Band. Then, 130 students in the JHS Concert Band will perform several holiday songs. The band will also play the JHS Christmas March which always gets the crowd into the Christmas spirit. This holiday tradition helped the band win a fi...More >>
    The Joplin High School Eagle Pride Band will host the annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 7 PM in the East Middle School auditorium. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.The evening will begin with the 28 member JHS Jazz Band. Then, 130 students in the JHS Concert Band will perform several holiday songs. The band will also play the JHS Christmas March which always gets the crowd into the Christmas spirit. This holiday tradition helped the band win a fi...More >>
  • Narcotics Search Warrant Leads to Five Arrests

    Narcotics Search Warrant Leads to Five Arrests

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 2:57 PM EST2014-12-10 19:57:25 GMT
    On Wednesday morning, December 10, 2014, Law Enforcement Officers from the Pittsburg Police Department served a search warrant for illegal narcotics at a residence located at 1213 E. 4th St., Pittsburg. During the search, officers found items believed to be marijuana, crack cocaine and related drug paraphernalia.Two males and three females, all from Pittsburg, were arrested and taken to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff's Office for booking.Male #1 is being charged with felony possessio...More >>
    On Wednesday morning, December 10, 2014, Law Enforcement Officers from the Pittsburg Police Department served a search warrant for illegal narcotics at a residence located at 1213 E. 4th St., Pittsburg. During the search, officers found items believed to be marijuana, crack cocaine and related drug paraphernalia.Two males and three females, all from Pittsburg, were arrested and taken to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff's Office for booking.Male #1 is being charged with felony possessio...More >>
  • Teen Passes Away After Injuries Suffered in Crash

    Teen Passes Away After Injuries Suffered in Crash

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 2:10 PM EST2014-12-10 19:10:07 GMT
    Two teens were injured after their pickup smashed into a train in Ottawa County last Friday. Nathan Smith, 16, was a passenger in the truck driven by Tyler Malinski, 18 (Both from Afton, OK). Authorities say Malinski failed to yield at the railroad tracks on County Road 210 near US Highway 69.Smith was taken to KU Medical Center in Kansas City where he died from his injuries on Tuesday. Malinski was thrown about 130 feet from his pickup. He was taken to a Joplin Hospital with head and other i...More >>
    Two teens were injured after their pickup smashed into a train in Ottawa County last Friday. Nathan Smith, 16, was a passenger in the truck driven by Tyler Malinski, 18 (Both from Afton, OK). Authorities say Malinski failed to yield at the railroad tracks on County Road 210 near US Highway 69.Smith was taken to KU Medical Center in Kansas City where he died from his injuries on Tuesday. Malinski was thrown about 130 feet from his pickup. He was taken to a Joplin Hospital with head and other i...More >>
  • A Southwest Missouri farmer works to give young girls in India a place of refuge

    A Southwest Missouri farmer works to give young girls in India a place of refuge

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 10:11 PM EST2014-12-10 03:11:53 GMT
    A farmer and hunter from Richards, Missouri, Dean travels the world, often to exotic places such as Mozambique. But his recent project, a shelter for abandoned girls, has him bound for India. More >>
    A farmer and hunter from Richards, Missouri, Dean travels the world, often to exotic places such as Mozambique. But his recent project, a shelter for abandoned girls, has him bound for India. More >>
  • Candy House Staff Doubles for Holidays

    Candy House Staff Doubles for Holidays

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 9:28 PM EST2014-12-10 02:28:49 GMT
    It's said, if you want to see how the economy is doing, look at the real estate market. But locally, you might get a better idea by looking at chocolate.More >>
    It's said, if you want to see how the economy is doing, look at the real estate market. But locally, you might get a better idea by looking at chocolate.More >>
  • Governor's Reward for Apprehension of Homicide Suspect

    Governor's Reward for Apprehension of Homicide Suspect

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 7:20 PM EST2014-12-10 00:20:11 GMT
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    Executive Order 14-05 offers a reward of $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the remaining suspect in the homicide of Taylor Thomas on Oct. 9, 2014. Taylor Thomas was found in his home suffering from a gunshot wound and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Three of the four suspects connected to this homicide have been apprehended. Bryan L. Bridges, age 19, is the remaining suspect. He is currently at-large.Anyone with information relating to the lo...More >>
    Executive Order 14-05 offers a reward of $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the remaining suspect in the homicide of Taylor Thomas on Oct. 9, 2014. Taylor Thomas was found in his home suffering from a gunshot wound and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Three of the four suspects connected to this homicide have been apprehended. Bryan L. Bridges, age 19, is the remaining suspect. He is currently at-large.Anyone with information relating to the lo...More >>
  • Attorney General's Office offers opinion on casino expansion

    Attorney General's Office offers opinion on casino expansion

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 6:35 PM EST2014-12-09 23:35:10 GMT
    The letter was written in 2013, but shows the base of the AG Office's opinion that though the Quapaw Tribe may own federal land in Southeast Kansas, state regulations still apply.More >>
    The letter was written in 2013, but shows the base of the AG Office's opinion that though the Quapaw Tribe may own federal land in Southeast Kansas, state regulations still apply.More >>
  • HHS awards $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers

    HHS awards $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 4:31 PM EST2014-12-09 21:31:59 GMT
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. The health centers receiving awards today are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to ...More >>
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. The health centers receiving awards today are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to ...More >>
  • Dr. Mark S. Matlock passes away

    Dr. Mark S. Matlock passes away

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 4:11 PM EST2014-12-09 21:11:40 GMT
    On Saturday, Dec. 6, Joplin, lost a local treasure in the person of Dr. Mark S. Matlock M.D. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children from complications following heart surgery.Mark was the second of three sons born Oct. 27, 1956, to A.D. and Shirlee Matlock, of Coffeyville, Kan. He was raised in Neosho, Mo. and Pittsburg, Kan. In his early years he was an outstanding scholar and athlete, receiving recognition as "fastest boy in grade school", Pass, Punt, and Kick champi...More >>
    On Saturday, Dec. 6, Joplin, lost a local treasure in the person of Dr. Mark S. Matlock M.D. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children from complications following heart surgery.Mark was the second of three sons born Oct. 27, 1956, to A.D. and Shirlee Matlock, of Coffeyville, Kan. He was raised in Neosho, Mo. and Pittsburg, Kan. In his early years he was an outstanding scholar and athlete, receiving recognition as "fastest boy in grade school", Pass, Punt, and Kick champi...More >>
  • 'Stuff the Truck' collects $900 for Christmas for Kids

    'Stuff the Truck' collects $900 for Christmas for Kids

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 3:54 PM EST2014-12-09 20:54:47 GMT
    The Newton County Christmas for Kids program received almost $900 and nearly 230 toys in donations at its “Stuff the Truck” event on Dec. 6.Representatives from all fire, ambulance, EMS, and rescue agencies in Newton County were at Neosho Walgreens and Neosho Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 6 collecting donations for the campaign, which helps make Christmas a little merrier for underprivileged children in Newton County.At Walmart, $664 and 100 toys were generously donated. At Walgreens the total wa...More >>
    The Newton County Christmas for Kids program received almost $900 and nearly 230 toys in donations at its “Stuff the Truck” event on Dec. 6.Representatives from all fire, ambulance, EMS, and rescue agencies in Newton County were at Neosho Walgreens and Neosho Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 6 collecting donations for the campaign, which helps make Christmas a little merrier for underprivileged children in Newton County.At Walmart, $664 and 100 toys were generously donated. At Walgreens the total wa...More >>
  • 2014 Neosho Christmas Parade Winners

    2014 Neosho Christmas Parade Winners

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 12:59 PM EST2014-12-09 17:59:09 GMT
    We are excited to announce the winners in the 2014 Neosho Christmas Parade. The theme of this year's parade was "Christmas Around the World".Band:1st Place : Neosho High School Band AttendantsBusiness Division:1st Place: Stage Stop CampgroundChurch Division:1st Place: First Baptist ChurchCivic Organization:1st Place: Downtowner's 4-H ClubAuto, Antique/Classic:1st Place: Neosho Shrine ClubHorse Group:1st Place: Neosho AG FFA DeptHitched Horse Division:1st Place: Horizon Capital Advisors- Robe...More >>
    We are excited to announce the winners in the 2014 Neosho Christmas Parade. The theme of this year's parade was "Christmas Around the World".Band:1st Place : Neosho High School Band AttendantsBusiness Division:1st Place: Stage Stop CampgroundChurch Division:1st Place: First Baptist ChurchCivic Organization:1st Place: Downtowner's 4-H ClubAuto, Antique/Classic:1st Place: Neosho Shrine ClubHorse Group:1st Place: Neosho AG FFA DeptHitched Horse Division:1st Place: Horizon Capital Advisors- Robe...More >>
  • Joplin day care and preschool owner discusses school district's plans to build early childhood center

    Joplin day care and preschool owner discusses school district's plans to build early childhood center

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 12:11 AM EST2014-12-09 05:11:14 GMT
    Charyl Copher has been in the daycare and preschool service for 25 years. "I love to be able to see the difference in every child when they leave here."As the co-owner of a Joplin facility, she is concerned the school district's plan to open an early childhood center will affect her business. More >>
    Charyl Copher has been in the daycare and preschool service for 25 years. "I love to be able to see the difference in every child when they leave here."As the co-owner of a Joplin facility, she is concerned the school district's plan to open an early childhood center will affect her business. More >>
  • Joplin Police Already Aligned With Federal Guidelines

    Joplin Police Already Aligned With Federal Guidelines

    Monday, December 8 2014 11:24 PM EST2014-12-09 04:24:43 GMT
    The Justice Department announced guidelines Monday to restrict profiling by federal officers. While the guidelines don't apply to the state or local level, the Joplin Police Department says they're already following a similar standard.More >>
    The Justice Department announced guidelines Monday to restrict profiling by federal officers. While the guidelines don't apply to the state or local level, the Joplin Police Department says they're already following a similar standard.More >>
  • Duquesne Expected to Annex Soaring Heights Elementary

    Duquesne Expected to Annex Soaring Heights Elementary

    Monday, December 8 2014 7:53 PM EST2014-12-09 00:53:10 GMT
    Soaring Heights Elementary and East middle are just feet away, but in two different cities. Soaring Heights in Joplin, and the other in Duquesne. Duquesne Police Chief Kitch says “The limit line runs right through the middle of 'em. And trying to figure out which jurisdiction is actually gonna respond would be time consuming and actually a waste of time." Superintendent Huff feels the annexation of soaring heights just makes sense....More >>
    Soaring Heights Elementary and East middle are just feet away, but in two different cities. Soaring Heights in Joplin, and the other in Duquesne. Duquesne Police Chief Kitch says “The limit line runs right through the middle of 'em. And trying to figure out which jurisdiction is actually gonna respond would be time consuming and actually a waste of time." Superintendent Huff feels the annexation of soaring heights just makes sense....More >>
  • TJ Board of Trustees Announces New Head of School

    TJ Board of Trustees Announces New Head of School

    Monday, December 8 2014 6:22 PM EST2014-12-08 23:22:45 GMT
    In an announcement to the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School community Friday, the chair of TJs Board of Trustees announced that the board's comprehensive, nationwide search is complete, and that Benjamin Parsons will be the next Head of School effective for the academic year beginning July 1, 2015.Parsons, who lives in Barrington, R.I., brings with him nearly 15 years of experience as a teacher, advisor, coach, and senior leadership administrator in independent schools. He currently ser...More >>
    In an announcement to the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School community Friday, the chair of TJs Board of Trustees announced that the board's comprehensive, nationwide search is complete, and that Benjamin Parsons will be the next Head of School effective for the academic year beginning July 1, 2015.Parsons, who lives in Barrington, R.I., brings with him nearly 15 years of experience as a teacher, advisor, coach, and senior leadership administrator in independent schools. He currently ser...More >>
  • Crossroads honored during annual MarCom Awards

    Crossroads honored during annual MarCom Awards

    Monday, December 8 2014 6:15 PM EST2014-12-08 23:15:12 GMT
    For the fourth year, Crossroads, the Missouri Southern Alumni Association magazine, is an award recipient in the MarCom Awards competition.The magazine received five Gold Awards in the 2014 competition. The fall 2013 and spring 2014 issues each received Gold for Writing and Magazine/Association categories. The fall 2013 issue also received Gold for photography.“It's such an honor for our students and Crossroads to be recognized with MarCom Awards for four years in a row,” said Rhonda Clark, a...More >>
    For the fourth year, Crossroads, the Missouri Southern Alumni Association magazine, is an award recipient in the MarCom Awards competition.The magazine received five Gold Awards in the 2014 competition. The fall 2013 and spring 2014 issues each received Gold for Writing and Magazine/Association categories. The fall 2013 issue also received Gold for photography.“It's such an honor for our students and Crossroads to be recognized with MarCom Awards for four years in a row,” said Rhonda Clark, a...More >>
  • Jarden Consumer Solutions Community Fund Donates $6,000 To Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States

    Jarden Consumer Solutions Community Fund Donates $6,000 To Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States

    Monday, December 8 2014 5:33 PM EST2014-12-08 22:33:31 GMT
    Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) announced today that its employee-funded JCS Community Fund donated $6,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. The fund is committed to providing essential services and opportunities to at-risk youth, women and families in communities where JCS employees live and work, and has donated more than $5 million across the country since its creation in 2004.The Joplin-based Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States Provides temporary housin...More >>
    Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) announced today that its employee-funded JCS Community Fund donated $6,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. The fund is committed to providing essential services and opportunities to at-risk youth, women and families in communities where JCS employees live and work, and has donated more than $5 million across the country since its creation in 2004.The Joplin-based Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States Provides temporary housin...More >>
  • Freeman Announces "A Storybook Christmas" Parade Winner

    Freeman Announces "A Storybook Christmas" Parade Winner

    Monday, December 8 2014 4:17 PM EST2014-12-08 21:17:45 GMT

    The 44th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, held December 2, drew cheers from crowds that lined Main Street from Second Street to 20th Street. Some onlookers were heard to comment



     
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    The 44th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, held December 2, drew cheers from crowds that lined Main Street from Second Street to 20th Street. Some onlookers were heard to comment



     
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  • Crowder to Host SWMO Behavior Workshop

    Crowder to Host SWMO Behavior Workshop

    Monday, December 8 2014 4:10 PM EST2014-12-08 21:10:10 GMT
    Jamie Emery, Director of the Crowder College Behavior Support Center, is pleased to announce the upcoming SWMO Behavior Workshop, featuring Aaron Likens as Keynote Speaker. This workshop will be presented on January 5, 2014, Wright Conference Center, located at Crowder College, Neosho, MO. Mr. Likens was diagnosed at the age of 20 with Asperger's Syndrome and is the author of the amazing book "Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger's Syndrome." Parents, educators, therapist, researchers...More >>
    Jamie Emery, Director of the Crowder College Behavior Support Center, is pleased to announce the upcoming SWMO Behavior Workshop, featuring Aaron Likens as Keynote Speaker. This workshop will be presented on January 5, 2014, Wright Conference Center, located at Crowder College, Neosho, MO. Mr. Likens was diagnosed at the age of 20 with Asperger's Syndrome and is the author of the amazing book "Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger's Syndrome." Parents, educators, therapist, researchers...More >>
  • Mount Carmel Foundation 'Remember Me Tree' Dedication Ceremony

    Mount Carmel Foundation 'Remember Me Tree' Dedication Ceremony

    Monday, December 8 2014 3:30 PM EST2014-12-08 20:30:26 GMT
    A holiday tradition continues with the name reading and dedication of Mount Carmel Foundation's Remember Me Tree at Meadowbrook Mall on Monday, Dec. 8.The Remember Me Tree is decorated in memory and honor of loved ones, and will also honor members of our military forces.Decorations for the tree include red bows, dove ornaments, hearts, angels and American Flag hearts or stars. The names of those recognized are attached to the decorations, and are also listed on a ledger next to the tree.The e...More >>
    A holiday tradition continues with the name reading and dedication of Mount Carmel Foundation's Remember Me Tree at Meadowbrook Mall on Monday, Dec. 8.The Remember Me Tree is decorated in memory and honor of loved ones, and will also honor members of our military forces.Decorations for the tree include red bows, dove ornaments, hearts, angels and American Flag hearts or stars. The names of those recognized are attached to the decorations, and are also listed on a ledger next to the tree.The e...More >>
  • Joplin CVB announces Marketing Campaign Casting Call

    Joplin CVB announces Marketing Campaign Casting Call

    Monday, December 8 2014 3:11 PM EST2014-12-08 20:11:32 GMT
    The Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau will be conducting a casting call for actors/models for specific roles for a 2015 marketing campaign. The campaign, which will link parts of Joplin's history with current-day points of tourism interest, will require photographic support detailing both specific people and locations.Details of the campaign have been outlined but not publically released. According to Patrick Tuttle, Executive Director of the CVB, “With any campaign once we have a basic them...More >>
    The Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau will be conducting a casting call for actors/models for specific roles for a 2015 marketing campaign. The campaign, which will link parts of Joplin's history with current-day points of tourism interest, will require photographic support detailing both specific people and locations.Details of the campaign have been outlined but not publically released. According to Patrick Tuttle, Executive Director of the CVB, “With any campaign once we have a basic them...More >>
  • Cooks Look to Kick-Start Parsons Business

    Cooks Look to Kick-Start Parsons Business

    Sunday, December 7 2014 10:25 PM EST2014-12-08 03:25:18 GMT
    A parsons business is hoping the community will help kick-start its opening. Owners of Katy Bistro and Bakery are hoping to open in the former Leroy Brown's location on 18th street, by mid-may. Using the website kickstarter.com, they're asking future customers to crowd fund renovations needed.More >>
    A parsons business is hoping the community will help kick-start its opening. Owners of Katy Bistro and Bakery are hoping to open in the former Leroy Brown's location on 18th street, by mid-may. Using the website kickstarter.com, they're asking future customers to crowd fund renovations needed.More >>
  • Ribbon Cutting for Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

    Ribbon Cutting for Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

    Sunday, December 7 2014 10:17 PM EST2014-12-08 03:17:21 GMT
    Pitt State holds it's ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.More >>
    Pitt State holds it's ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.More >>
  • Firefighters Become Detectives in Innovative Arson Training Course

    Firefighters Become Detectives in Innovative Arson Training Course

    Sunday, December 7 2014 7:53 PM EST2014-12-08 00:53:36 GMT
    Retired Fire Marshal Dave Nichols uses a cigarette and newspaper to set a fire, all part of a program to train firefighters on how to solve a case of arson...



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    Retired Fire Marshal Dave Nichols uses a cigarette and newspaper to set a fire, all part of a program to train firefighters on how to solve a case of arson...




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  • Miami, OK man killed in Newton County crash

    Miami, OK man killed in Newton County crash

    Sunday, December 7 2014 7:48 PM EST2014-12-08 00:48:21 GMT
    The accident happened on Highway 59, just north of Goodman, MO. Luster Jacobs was killed when he struck another car from behind, ran off the road and overturned. More >>
    The accident happened on Highway 59, just north of Goodman, MO. Luster Jacobs was killed when he struck another car from behind, ran off the road and overturned. More >>
  • Carthage Elementary Schools Add Safe Rooms

    Carthage Elementary Schools Add Safe Rooms

    Friday, December 5 2014 9:38 PM EST2014-12-06 02:38:21 GMT
    The Carthage R-9 school district is looking to add tornado-safe rooms to protect its elementary students. Right now, the district's five elementary schools lack FEMA-regulation shelters. More >>
    The Carthage R-9 school district is looking to add tornado-safe rooms to protect its elementary students. Right now, the district's five elementary schools lack FEMA-regulation shelters. More >>
  • Joplin man searches for answers regarding rare condition developed after injured by 2011 tornado

    Joplin man searches for answers regarding rare condition developed after injured by 2011 tornado

    Friday, December 5 2014 8:25 PM EST2014-12-06 01:25:31 GMT
    A Joplin man searches for answers regarding an undiagnosed condition that developed after he was injured in the 2011 tornado. Multiple physicians across the country are considering his case to be a medical mystery.More >>
    A Joplin man searches for answers regarding an undiagnosed condition that developed after he was injured in the 2011 tornado. Multiple physicians across the country are considering his case to be a medical mystery.More >>
  • Government regulation could put hurdle in front of Downstream's planned expansion into SE KS

    Government regulation could put hurdle in front of Downstream's planned expansion into SE KS

    Friday, December 5 2014 7:05 PM EST2014-12-06 00:05:37 GMT
    The State of Kansas only recognizes four Indian tribes, and the Quapaw Tribe is not one of them.More >>
    The State of Kansas only recognizes four Indian tribes, and the Quapaw Tribe is not one of them.More >>
  • CAC competing for $20,000 in Walmart's Holiday Makeover

    CAC competing for $20,000 in Walmart's Holiday Makeover

    Friday, December 5 2014 3:35 PM EST2014-12-05 20:35:13 GMT
    The Community Access Center has been chosen as a final participant in Walmart's “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover”. There were over 1,000 applications and 168 have moved on to the final part of the competition.Seventy-five pantries across the United States will be awarded $20,000 each to help with infrastructure and equipment.Votes are made by Facebook users. Voting started December 2, 2014.The very first day of voting the Community Access Center made the leader board and has stayed in the top 75...More >>
    The Community Access Center has been chosen as a final participant in Walmart's “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover”. There were over 1,000 applications and 168 have moved on to the final part of the competition.Seventy-five pantries across the United States will be awarded $20,000 each to help with infrastructure and equipment.Votes are made by Facebook users. Voting started December 2, 2014.The very first day of voting the Community Access Center made the leader board and has stayed in the top 75...More >>
  • Miami Fire Dept. Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe & Festive Holiday Season

    Miami Fire Dept. Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe & Festive Holiday Season

    Friday, December 5 2014 1:04 PM EST2014-12-05 18:04:23 GMT
    For most, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Christmas trees, candle usage, holiday decorations, even cooking significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires, according to Miami Fire Chief Ronnie Cline. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home f...More >>
    For most, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Christmas trees, candle usage, holiday decorations, even cooking significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires, according to Miami Fire Chief Ronnie Cline. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home f...More >>
  • Downstream Casino To Expand Into Cherokee County, KS

    Downstream Casino To Expand Into Cherokee County, KS

    Friday, December 5 2014 12:45 PM EST2014-12-05 17:45:17 GMT
    In a landmark opinion, the U.S. federal government has given the Quapaw Tribe permission to expand its Downstream Casino Resort into Southeast Kansas."This federal opinion means that we can now go for it, and we will be the first to build and operate a casino in Southeast Kansas," said Quapaw Chairman John Berrey.The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has issued an opinion confirming that the Quapaw Tribe's land in Cherokee County, Kansas, qualifies for gaming pursuant to the federal In...More >>
    In a landmark opinion, the U.S. federal government has given the Quapaw Tribe permission to expand its Downstream Casino Resort into Southeast Kansas."This federal opinion means that we can now go for it, and we will be the first to build and operate a casino in Southeast Kansas," said Quapaw Chairman John Berrey.The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has issued an opinion confirming that the Quapaw Tribe's land in Cherokee County, Kansas, qualifies for gaming pursuant to the federal In...More >>
  • Low gas prices impact local economies

    Low gas prices impact local economies

    Thursday, December 4 2014 10:24 PM EST2014-12-05 03:24:13 GMT
    As gas prices across the Four States remain low, local experts say it is taking a toll on the economy of each state. Economies in Kansas and Missouri are seeing a benefit, but Oklahoma could be negatively impacted if the prices remain low long-term.More >>
    As gas prices across the Four States remain low, local experts say it is taking a toll on the economy of each state. Economies in Kansas and Missouri are seeing a benefit, but Oklahoma could be negatively impacted if the prices remain low long-term.More >>
  • Route-66 Attracts Chinese Filmmakers

    Route-66 Attracts Chinese Filmmakers

    Thursday, December 4 2014 10:03 PM EST2014-12-05 03:03:54 GMT
    The Boots Court Motel, located on Route-66 in Carthage, is accustomed to hosting tourists traveling along "The Mother Road". But today the motel welcomed international filmmakers. A Chinese film crew of about 40 are shooting a short film along Route-66, and began filming in Carthage Thursday after a short stop in Joplin. This is actually the fourth film that has featured the Boots Court Motel in the last year. The owner, Deborah Harvey, believes it's the history of Route-66 that's so attracti...More >>
    The Boots Court Motel, located on Route-66 in Carthage, is accustomed to hosting tourists traveling along "The Mother Road". But today the motel welcomed international filmmakers. A Chinese film crew of about 40 are shooting a short film along Route-66, and began filming in Carthage Thursday after a short stop in Joplin. This is actually the fourth film that has featured the Boots Court Motel in the last year. The owner, Deborah Harvey, believes it's the history of Route-66 that's so attracti...More >>
  • Nevada Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Her Employer

    Nevada Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Her Employer

    Thursday, December 4 2014 6:22 PM EST2014-12-04 23:22:19 GMT
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a bank fraud scheme in which she embezzled from her employer.Patricia Culbertson, 53, of Nevada, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges her with bank fraud and filing a false tax return.Culbertson worked for Barrington Manufacturing Corporation as ...More >>
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a bank fraud scheme in which she embezzled from her employer.Patricia Culbertson, 53, of Nevada, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges her with bank fraud and filing a false tax return.Culbertson worked for Barrington Manufacturing Corporation as ...More >>
  • SE KS bus driver being called hero after accident

    SE KS bus driver being called hero after accident

    Thursday, December 4 2014 6:15 PM EST2014-12-04 23:15:16 GMT
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    The school superintendent has been a superintendent for 32 years, but has never experienced something like what happened on Tuesday.More >>
    The school superintendent has been a superintendent for 32 years, but has never experienced something like what happened on Tuesday.More >>
  • NEO Gets Half Million Dollar Grant to Expand Distance Learning

    NEO Gets Half Million Dollar Grant to Expand Distance Learning

    Thursday, December 4 2014 5:53 PM EST2014-12-04 22:53:00 GMT
    More classes will be closer to home for students connect to Northeastern Oklahoma A and M community college. It's possible through a half million dollar grant to expand distance learning. Student Tamra Warren has her freshman experience class at NEO in Grove. It's her school of choice but for many of her classes the nursing student must drive to Miami. Warren says, "Probably the gas would be the biggest issue going there every single day, or whatever which I have to do next semester anyway...More >>
    More classes will be closer to home for students connect to Northeastern Oklahoma A and M community college. It's possible through a half million dollar grant to expand distance learning. Student Tamra Warren has her freshman experience class at NEO in Grove. It's her school of choice but for many of her classes the nursing student must drive to Miami. Warren says, "Probably the gas would be the biggest issue going there every single day, or whatever which I have to do next semester anyway...More >>
  • Joplin Man Sentenced for Disaster Fraud related to Tornado Benefits

    Joplin Man Sentenced for Disaster Fraud related to Tornado Benefits

    Thursday, December 4 2014 5:45 PM EST2014-12-04 22:45:57 GMT
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for fraudulently receiving federal disaster benefits following the tornado that struck the city of Joplin on May 22, 2011, killing 158 people and causing more than $2.9 billion in damage.Fred Lewis Pickett, Jr., 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Picket...More >>
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for fraudulently receiving federal disaster benefits following the tornado that struck the city of Joplin on May 22, 2011, killing 158 people and causing more than $2.9 billion in damage.Fred Lewis Pickett, Jr., 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Picket...More >>
  • Two more suspects arrested in SW MO home invasion

    Two more suspects arrested in SW MO home invasion

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 6:12 PM EST2014-12-10 23:12:00 GMT
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    A 26-year-old man and 27-year-old man were arrested today.More >>
    A 26-year-old man and 27-year-old man were arrested today.More >>
  • 2015 Women of Distinction Honorees

    2015 Women of Distinction Honorees

    Thursday, December 4 2014 5:30 PM EST2014-12-04 22:30:28 GMT
    The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the honorees for the 2015 Women of Distinction Community Calendar. The calendar honors twelve area women who lead by example in donating their time and talents to benefit their community."The chamber is proud to honor these twelve exceptional women who put so much time and energy into serving others and improving our community," said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "The calendar provide...More >>
    The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the honorees for the 2015 Women of Distinction Community Calendar. The calendar honors twelve area women who lead by example in donating their time and talents to benefit their community."The chamber is proud to honor these twelve exceptional women who put so much time and energy into serving others and improving our community," said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "The calendar provide...More >>
  • MSSU Media Showcase winners announced

    MSSU Media Showcase winners announced

    Thursday, December 4 2014 2:45 PM EST2014-12-04 19:45:03 GMT
    The winners of the 2014 Southern Media Showcase have been announced.The annual awards recognize outstanding work in publication and video projects by area high-school students. More than 300 students attended the event at Missouri Southern on Thursday, Dec. 4, where the winners were recognized. It marked the 18th year for the awards, which are presented by the MSSU Communication Department.The program included a presentation by Missouri Southern graduate Sam McDonald, a field producer and vid...More >>
    The winners of the 2014 Southern Media Showcase have been announced.The annual awards recognize outstanding work in publication and video projects by area high-school students. More than 300 students attended the event at Missouri Southern on Thursday, Dec. 4, where the winners were recognized. It marked the 18th year for the awards, which are presented by the MSSU Communication Department.The program included a presentation by Missouri Southern graduate Sam McDonald, a field producer and vid...More >>
  • City Council name Bhend to Public Defender position

    City Council name Bhend to Public Defender position

    Thursday, December 4 2014 2:24 PM EST2014-12-04 19:24:06 GMT
    Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert has announced that the Joplin City Council recently voted to hire Jonathan D. Bhend as the Joplin Public Defender.Bhend is a Joplin native and a graduate of Joplin High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and obtained is Juris Doctorate from the University Of Missouri School Of Law in Kansas City. He is the principal of the Bhend Law Firm. He has been in private practice in Joplin for many years. Jonathan and his ...More >>
    Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert has announced that the Joplin City Council recently voted to hire Jonathan D. Bhend as the Joplin Public Defender.Bhend is a Joplin native and a graduate of Joplin High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and obtained is Juris Doctorate from the University Of Missouri School Of Law in Kansas City. He is the principal of the Bhend Law Firm. He has been in private practice in Joplin for many years. Jonathan and his ...More >>
  • Don't Lose Your Identity This December - Arvest Bank Provides Tips

    Don't Lose Your Identity This December - Arvest Bank Provides Tips

    Thursday, December 4 2014 12:54 PM EST2014-12-04 17:54:15 GMT
    Not only is December one of the biggest shopping months of year, it's also Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month.With an increasing number of people shopping online in addition to traditional means, it is important consumers know how to help protect themselves from identity thieves. Falling victim to these attacks not only can ruin the holiday shopping experience, but it can have devastating effects on credit and bank accounts long after the holidays end. Unraveling the damage done co...More >>
    Not only is December one of the biggest shopping months of year, it's also Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month.With an increasing number of people shopping online in addition to traditional means, it is important consumers know how to help protect themselves from identity thieves. Falling victim to these attacks not only can ruin the holiday shopping experience, but it can have devastating effects on credit and bank accounts long after the holidays end. Unraveling the damage done co...More >>
  • Former Neosho City Councilman in critical condition

    Former Neosho City Councilman in critical condition

    Thursday, December 4 2014 12:50 PM EST2014-12-04 17:50:01 GMT
    The City of Neosho wishes to express sincere hopes for a speedy recovery for former Neosho City Councilman Jim Smallwood who was involved in a serious car accident Wednesday evening.Smallwood served on the Neosho City Council from April 2004 to April 2007.“Jim has always been a personal friend,” said Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson. “He is a genuinely great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”Neosho Police Officers....More >>
    The City of Neosho wishes to express sincere hopes for a speedy recovery for former Neosho City Councilman Jim Smallwood who was involved in a serious car accident Wednesday evening.Smallwood served on the Neosho City Council from April 2004 to April 2007.“Jim has always been a personal friend,” said Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson. “He is a genuinely great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”Neosho Police Officers....More >>
  • Fort Scott moves forward with $3.8 million project to improve stretch of National Avenue

    Fort Scott moves forward with $3.8 million project to improve stretch of National Avenue

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 10:43 PM EST2014-12-04 03:43:45 GMT
    Some Fort Scott residents say the city's streets need attention. "They really do need to be fixed, a lot of the pot holes especially," said Georgellan Baskin. Now, city officials are moving forward to enhance national avenue between 6th and 13th Streets. More >>
    Some Fort Scott residents say the city's streets need attention. "They really do need to be fixed, a lot of the pot holes especially," said Georgellan Baskin. Now, city officials are moving forward to enhance national avenue between 6th and 13th Streets. More >>
  • Jasper County Public Administrator's Office collects gifts for the disabled

    Jasper County Public Administrator's Office collects gifts for the disabled

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 9:19 PM EST2014-12-04 02:19:32 GMT
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    More than 100 disabled adults in Jasper County, who otherwise may not have received anything, will now have a Christmas present to open. The Jasper County Public Administrator's Office has placed a Christmas adoption tree on the first floor of the county courthouse. Each star ornament contains the name and wish list of a person who currently has less than $100 in his or her bank account, and no family or friends to spend Christmas with.More >>
    More than 100 disabled adults in Jasper County, who otherwise may not have received anything, will now have a Christmas present to open. The Jasper County Public Administrator's Office has placed a Christmas adoption tree on the first floor of the county courthouse. Each star ornament contains the name and wish list of a person who currently has less than $100 in his or her bank account, and no family or friends to spend Christmas with.More >>
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at PSU

    Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at PSU

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 5:14 PM EST2014-12-03 22:14:17 GMT
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    Pittsburg State University today announced that former First Lady Laura Bush will visit PSU in the spring as part of the university's Women in Government Lecture Series. Mrs. Bush will share remarks on education, literacy, volunteerism and human rights on April 22 at the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.“We're thrilled to have a speaker of the former first lady's caliber as part of our inaugural season at the Bicknell Center,” said Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott. “It'...More >>
    Pittsburg State University today announced that former First Lady Laura Bush will visit PSU in the spring as part of the university's Women in Government Lecture Series. Mrs. Bush will share remarks on education, literacy, volunteerism and human rights on April 22 at the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.“We're thrilled to have a speaker of the former first lady's caliber as part of our inaugural season at the Bicknell Center,” said Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott. “It'...More >>
  • Kansas farmer caught selling a wheat seed variety without authorization

    Kansas farmer caught selling a wheat seed variety without authorization

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 1:40 PM EST2014-12-03 18:40:38 GMT
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    Paul Simpson from Weir paid the Kansas Wheat Alliance $10,000 for "brown bagging", which isthe common term for the growing and selling of seed without proper endorsement and authorization. According to the alliance, Simpson sold Everest, a type of wheat seed developed by Kansas State University and protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The PVP Act aims to protect the farmers and wheat industry. "It runs much like a patent. It give the owner or the developer some protection for a p...More >>
    Paul Simpson from Weir paid the Kansas Wheat Alliance $10,000 for "brown bagging", which isthe common term for the growing and selling of seed without proper endorsement and authorization. According to the alliance, Simpson sold Everest, a type of wheat seed developed by Kansas State University and protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The PVP Act aims to protect the farmers and wheat industry. "It runs much like a patent. It give the owner or the developer some protection for a p...More >>
  • Funding for Missouri's blind pension program will no longer be reduced

    Funding for Missouri's blind pension program will no longer be reduced

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 11:15 PM EST2014-12-03 04:15:27 GMT
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    Governor Jay Nixon, this week, announced that funding for Missouri's blind pension program will no longer be reduced. Previously, pension recipients were told they would see a $33 reduction per month in 2015. Many blind residents in the Four States utilize the funding to purchase technology that allows them to live a more independent life.More >>
    Governor Jay Nixon, this week, announced that funding for Missouri's blind pension program will no longer be reduced. Previously, pension recipients were told they would see a $33 reduction per month in 2015. Many blind residents in the Four States utilize the funding to purchase technology that allows them to live a more independent life.More >>
  • Workers prepare for grocery store to close and the end of an era

    Workers prepare for grocery store to close and the end of an era

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 6:40 PM EST2014-12-02 23:40:23 GMT
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    Some would say this place to buy the essentials is itself a staple in the community.More >>
    Some would say this place to buy the essentials is itself a staple in the community.More >>
  • New Oklahoma Law Makes it Easier to Prosecute Bogus Checks

    New Oklahoma Law Makes it Easier to Prosecute Bogus Checks

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 6:29 PM EST2014-12-02 23:29:29 GMT
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    Before the new legislation passed shop owners would have to track down customers and take them to small claims court. “It's a long process just to get a judgment, and then the judgment may be worthless if you can't pursue actually getting your money,” says Bob Norman of the District Attorney's Bogus Check Division. Norman heads the new Bogus Check Division in the DA's office. It's now their job to prosecute people who make bad on their checks. After the first warning he says, “If they make go...More >>
    Before the new legislation passed shop owners would have to track down customers and take them to small claims court. “It's a long process just to get a judgment, and then the judgment may be worthless if you can't pursue actually getting your money,” says Bob Norman of the District Attorney's Bogus Check Division. Norman heads the new Bogus Check Division in the DA's office. It's now their job to prosecute people who make bad on their checks. After the first warning he says, “If they make go...More >>
  • Poppin Joe's, A Family Business

    Poppin Joe's, A Family Business

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 4:59 PM EST2014-12-02 21:59:49 GMT
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    "You know the greatest disabilIty there is.. It is low expectations"JOE STEFFY'S DAD HAD HIGHER EXPECTATIONS THAN HIS SCHOOL FOR HIS SON WHO HAS DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM AND IS NON VERBAL. THE SCHOOL BASICALLY SAID JOE couldn't HOLD DOWN A JOB BECAUSE HE HAD NO ATTENTION SPAN."The plan in the beginning wasn't to start a business for him the plan was to prove to the school that joe had the capability of working," Ray Steffy said.Joe's DONE MORE THAN WORK IN THE KETTLE CORN BUSINESS HE'S BECOME TH...More >>
    "You know the greatest disabilIty there is.. It is low expectations"JOE STEFFY'S DAD HAD HIGHER EXPECTATIONS THAN HIS SCHOOL FOR HIS SON WHO HAS DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM AND IS NON VERBAL. THE SCHOOL BASICALLY SAID JOE couldn't HOLD DOWN A JOB BECAUSE HE HAD NO ATTENTION SPAN."The plan in the beginning wasn't to start a business for him the plan was to prove to the school that joe had the capability of working," Ray Steffy said.Joe's DONE MORE THAN WORK IN THE KETTLE CORN BUSINESS HE'S BECOME TH...More >>
  • United Way Welcomes New Circles Director

    United Way Welcomes New Circles Director

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 12:26 PM EST2014-12-02 17:26:34 GMT
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    United Way's initiative, Circles™, welcomes Ms. Teddy Steen as the new Director as of November 24th. Teddy comes to the Circles™ program and United Way with many years of working with individuals and families recovering from substance abuse, often resulting in poverty. She is the Founder and current Executive Director of Ascent Recovery Residences."Joplin is my home and I see Circles™ as an avenue for real change in our community and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I love the way that Cir...More >>
    United Way's initiative, Circles™, welcomes Ms. Teddy Steen as the new Director as of November 24th. Teddy comes to the Circles™ program and United Way with many years of working with individuals and families recovering from substance abuse, often resulting in poverty. She is the Founder and current Executive Director of Ascent Recovery Residences."Joplin is my home and I see Circles™ as an avenue for real change in our community and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I love the way that Cir...More >>
  • PSU gets high ranking for online programs

    PSU gets high ranking for online programs

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 12:21 PM EST2014-12-02 17:21:22 GMT
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    Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), an Internet-based company designed to help students find affordable and accredited online educational programs, has named Pittsburg State University among its top 20 universities in its list of “Best Online Master's Programs” for 2014-15.To determine its rankings, ACO, considered the number of master's degree programs universities offered, graduate tuition and fees, the availability of academic and career counseling services, job placement for graduates and a...More >>
    Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), an Internet-based company designed to help students find affordable and accredited online educational programs, has named Pittsburg State University among its top 20 universities in its list of “Best Online Master's Programs” for 2014-15.To determine its rankings, ACO, considered the number of master's degree programs universities offered, graduate tuition and fees, the availability of academic and career counseling services, job placement for graduates and a...More >>
  • Missouri Prescription Drug Monitoring Program bill will soon be re-introduced

    Missouri Prescription Drug Monitoring Program bill will soon be re-introduced

    Monday, December 1 2014 9:40 PM EST2014-12-02 02:40:19 GMT
    Today is the first day that Missouri state representatives can file their bills for consideration in 2015. State representative Holly Rehder is re-introducing a bill that could bring a prescription monitoring program to the state of Missouri.More >>
    Today is the first day that Missouri state representatives can file their bills for consideration in 2015. State representative Holly Rehder is re-introducing a bill that could bring a prescription monitoring program to the state of Missouri.More >>
  • Fundraising begins for potential community cultural arts center at Memorial Hall Site

    Fundraising begins for potential community cultural arts center at Memorial Hall Site

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 3:34 PM EST2014-12-02 20:34:46 GMT
    On December 1, 2014 the Joplin City Council approved the joint request of Connect2Culture, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Pro Musica, and the Downtown Joplin Alliance to support the exploration of the Memorial Hall site b...More >>
    On December 1, 2014 the Joplin City Council approved the joint request of Connect2Culture, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Pro Musica, and the Downtown Joplin Alliance to support the exploration of the Memorial Hall site b...More >>
  • Local Retailer Sees Boost in Online Sales on Cyber Monday

    Local Retailer Sees Boost in Online Sales on Cyber Monday

    Monday, December 1 2014 7:08 PM EST2014-12-02 00:08:50 GMT
    After holiday shopping got off to a rough start on Black Friday, with an up to 7% decrease from last year, local retailers are hoping sales will soar high after Cyber Monday. “It's a very big day. Economy- wise this is what everybody has pushed for in the industry and this is what we look forward to. We carry it through starting on Friday, Black Friday, and carry it through,” says General Manager Bill Beatty. All hands are on deck in the call center at Joplin's 3000toys.com and Beatty says C...More >>
    After holiday shopping got off to a rough start on Black Friday, with an up to 7% decrease from last year, local retailers are hoping sales will soar high after Cyber Monday. “It's a very big day. Economy- wise this is what everybody has pushed for in the industry and this is what we look forward to. We carry it through starting on Friday, Black Friday, and carry it through,” says General Manager Bill Beatty. All hands are on deck in the call center at Joplin's 3000toys.com and Beatty says C...More >>
  • Proposed Joplin annexation aims at attracting new industries

    Proposed Joplin annexation aims at attracting new industries

    Monday, December 1 2014 11:31 PM EST2014-12-02 04:31:59 GMT
    Update:  City council unanimously approved the annexation measure. More >>
    Update:  City council unanimously approved the annexation measure. More >>
  • The Empire District Electric Issues $60 Million of 1st Mortgage Bonds

    The Empire District Electric Issues $60 Million of 1st Mortgage Bonds

    Monday, December 1 2014 4:00 PM EST2014-12-01 21:00:36 GMT
    The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) announced today the settlement related to the Bond Purchase Agreement dated as of October 15, 2014, for a private placement of $60,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.27% Series First Mortgage Bonds due 2044. The First Mortgage Bonds will mature on December 1, 2044. Interest is payable semi-annually on the bonds on each June 1 and December 1, commencing June 1, 2015.The bonds may be redeemed, at the Company's option, at any time prior to...More >>
    The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) announced today the settlement related to the Bond Purchase Agreement dated as of October 15, 2014, for a private placement of $60,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.27% Series First Mortgage Bonds due 2044. The First Mortgage Bonds will mature on December 1, 2044. Interest is payable semi-annually on the bonds on each June 1 and December 1, commencing June 1, 2015.The bonds may be redeemed, at the Company's option, at any time prior to...More >>
  • Feed the 4-States

    Feed the 4-States

    FOX 14 has teamed up with the Kansas Food Bank, Ozarks Food Harvest and the Oklahoma Food Bank to help food pantries right here at home.  Learn how you can help.More >>
    FOX 14 has teamed up with the Kansas Food Bank, Ozarks Food Harvest and the Oklahoma Food Bank to help food pantries right here at home.  Learn how you can help.More >>
  • JB's Benefit Concert Helps Cancer Patient

    JB's Benefit Concert Helps Cancer Patient

    Sunday, November 30 2014 10:19 PM EST2014-12-01 03:19:29 GMT
    A concert, raffle, and auction were held at JB's to help Rob Edman; a stage-4 lymphoma patient. All money raised today will go to assisting Edman's family with medical bills. More >>
    A concert, raffle, and auction were held at JB's to help Rob Edman; a stage-4 lymphoma patient. All money raised today will go to assisting Edman's family with medical bills. More >>
  • Holiday Animal Safety

    Holiday Animal Safety

    Sunday, November 30 2014 10:19 PM EST2014-12-01 03:19:05 GMT
    During the holidays, pet owners will want to take precautions when setting up decorations. Many common holiday home décor items are dangerous, and sometimes deadly, to pets like cats and dogs.More >>
    During the holidays, pet owners will want to take precautions when setting up decorations. Many common holiday home décor items are dangerous, and sometimes deadly, to pets like cats and dogs.More >>
  • Safe Driving Tips

    Safe Driving Tips

    Sunday, November 30 2014 10:18 PM EST2014-12-01 03:18:40 GMT
    Freezing rain will mean some slick spots and depending on temperatures.Wet roads can turn into black ice. A wintertime problem that highway patrol troopers say requires extra caution. More >>
    Freezing rain will mean some slick spots and depending on temperatures.Wet roads can turn into black ice. A wintertime problem that highway patrol troopers say requires extra caution. More >>
  • Safety Tips to Make Sure Your Christmas Tree Doesn't Become a Fire Hazard

    Safety Tips to Make Sure Your Christmas Tree Doesn't Become a Fire Hazard

    Sunday, November 30 2014 8:29 PM EST2014-12-01 01:29:25 GMT
    When it comes to Christmas trees for some bigger is better. “It was really fun. We just tried to pick out the tallest one we could find,” says twelve year old Jayden Wilderman. The Webb family has been buying Christmas trees from Bowen's Tree Farm for about fifteen years “It's just kind of a tradition we always do. Mrs. Bowen's been our teacher since elementary school so we like to come here and get a big tree from there,” says Pittsburg teen Jake Webb. This season was good for growing. After...More >>
    When it comes to Christmas trees for some bigger is better. “It was really fun. We just tried to pick out the tallest one we could find,” says twelve year old Jayden Wilderman. The Webb family has been buying Christmas trees from Bowen's Tree Farm for about fifteen years “It's just kind of a tradition we always do. Mrs. Bowen's been our teacher since elementary school so we like to come here and get a big tree from there,” says Pittsburg teen Jake Webb. This season was good for growing. After...More >>
  • Fatal crash in Wilson County kills Chanute man

    Fatal crash in Wilson County kills Chanute man

    Monday, December 1 2014 11:03 PM EST2014-12-02 04:03:45 GMT
    At 12:55 pm Saturday, 83-year-old Sarah Robinson from Fredonia, Kansas was driving eastbound on K39 in her Chevrolet Suburban when she attempted to make a left turn, thus turning into the path of Ron Myers who was traveling westbound on his Harley Davidson motorcycle...More >>
    At 12:55 pm Saturday, 83-year-old Sarah Robinson from Fredonia, Kansas was driving eastbound on K39 in her Chevrolet Suburban when she attempted to make a left turn, thus turning into the path of Ron Myers who was traveling westbound on his Harley Davidson motorcycle...More >>
  • It's "Small Business Saturday" vs. "Cyber Monday"

    It's "Small Business Saturday" vs. "Cyber Monday"

    Saturday, November 29 2014 9:51 PM EST2014-11-30 02:51:51 GMT
    Small businesses aren't a fan of Cyber Monday.

    "You know, if people want to see the stores prosper I think they need to shop in town," said Rosa Bella owner, Shirley Wilbert.

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    Small businesses aren't a fan of Cyber Monday.
    "You know, if people want to see the stores prosper I think they need to shop in town," said Rosa Bella owner, Shirley Wilbert.
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  • St. Peter's Middle Students Build Grinch-themed Float

    St. Peter's Middle Students Build Grinch-themed Float

    Saturday, November 29 2014 6:46 PM EST2014-11-29 23:46:41 GMT
    Children from St. Peter's Catholic Middle School decorate their float dedicated to the holiday's most beloved villain. It tells the story of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The design is based off of the Red Book Magazine's original1957 publication of the story. Students all submitted float ideas and they mapped out this theme once it was chosen. "It's really fun putting it together and kinda designing the float. Not really just seeing it. You're in it and like...More >>
    Children from St. Peter's Catholic Middle School decorate their float dedicated to the holiday's most beloved villain. It tells the story of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The design is based off of the Red Book Magazine's original1957 publication of the story. Students all submitted float ideas and they mapped out this theme once it was chosen. "It's really fun putting it together and kinda designing the float. Not really just seeing it. You're in it and like...More >>
  • Volunteers Decorate Ronald McDonald House

    Volunteers Decorate Ronald McDonald House

    Saturday, November 29 2014 6:44 PM EST2014-11-29 23:44:56 GMT
    Volunteers work to bring holiday cheer to those staying at the Ronald McDonald House. A dozen members of the Four States Village People Collectors Club Department 56 came together to decorate the house. They set up a model version of the North Pole, actually matching up model towns with the designs from the manufacturer. Organizers say the holiday activity is a happy distraction. "The children are not doing well at any particular time and it takes their mind away from the medical treatments ...More >>
    Volunteers work to bring holiday cheer to those staying at the Ronald McDonald House. A dozen members of the Four States Village People Collectors Club Department 56 came together to decorate the house. They set up a model version of the North Pole, actually matching up model towns with the designs from the manufacturer. Organizers say the holiday activity is a happy distraction. "The children are not doing well at any particular time and it takes their mind away from the medical treatments ...More >>
  • Freedom of Flight Adds Finishing Touches to Christmas Float

    Freedom of Flight Adds Finishing Touches to Christmas Float

    Saturday, November 29 2014 6:43 PM EST2014-11-29 23:43:45 GMT
    In Joplin, a dozen members of Freedom of Flight Museum put the finishing touches on their float for next week's Joplin Christmas Parade. Going along with the storybook theme, the float will tell the tale of Santa's epic flight to deliver presents. But this year, Santa Opts to take a plane. The mechanical plane in which he and his toys will be is operated by children playing little elves. “Just the fun of it and getting our name before of the public in this area and to let them know what we'r...More >>
    In Joplin, a dozen members of Freedom of Flight Museum put the finishing touches on their float for next week's Joplin Christmas Parade. Going along with the storybook theme, the float will tell the tale of Santa's epic flight to deliver presents. But this year, Santa Opts to take a plane. The mechanical plane in which he and his toys will be is operated by children playing little elves. “Just the fun of it and getting our name before of the public in this area and to let them know what we'r...More >>
  • Truck crash in Lawrence County leaves Baster Springs woman in serious conditions

    Truck crash in Lawrence County leaves Baster Springs woman in serious conditions

    Saturday, November 29 2014 6:43 PM EST2014-11-29 23:43:02 GMT
    Seventy five-year-old Beverly Blake pulled into the path of a mack truck on highway 37, just north of Pierce City, MO. The truck stuck Blake's pickup truck. Emergency responders air-lifted her to Freeman West Hospital.More >>
    Seventy five-year-old Beverly Blake pulled into the path of a mack truck on highway 37, just north of Pierce City, MO. The truck stuck Blake's pickup truck. Emergency responders air-lifted her to Freeman West Hospital.More >>
  • Local Businesses Frustrated With Black Friday

    Local Businesses Frustrated With Black Friday

    Friday, November 28 2014 7:16 PM EST2014-11-29 00:16:03 GMT
    Jason Hurley doesn't believe in "Black Friday". His store, Hurley's Heroes, didn't open one-minute early. His store isn't matching any deals. And as Hurley said, "everything in the store is zero-percent off."More >>
    Jason Hurley doesn't believe in "Black Friday". His store, Hurley's Heroes, didn't open one-minute early. His store isn't matching any deals. And as Hurley said, "everything in the store is zero-percent off."More >>
  • Train vs. Car Accident Near Neosho

    Train vs. Car Accident Near Neosho

    Friday, November 28 2014 4:40 PM EST2014-11-28 21:40:56 GMT
    A train hit a car today when the motorist failed to yield at this crossing on Gazelle Road five miles west of Neosho. The driver 67-year-old Melvin Souders of Neosho was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.More >>
    A train hit a car today when the motorist failed to yield at this crossing on Gazelle Road five miles west of Neosho. The driver 67-year-old Melvin Souders of Neosho was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.More >>
  • Newton County man loses home from overnight fire

    Newton County man loses home from overnight fire

    Friday, November 28 2014 4:21 PM EST2014-11-28 21:21:09 GMT
    A Newton County man lost his home to a fire on this day after Thanksgiving. Fire swept through this home on Reindeer Drive southeast of Neosho Missouri overnight. Crews from Neosho, Granby and Stella helped fight that fire. No one was hurt, but the home is a total loss. No word yet on the cause.More >>
    A Newton County man lost his home to a fire on this day after Thanksgiving. Fire swept through this home on Reindeer Drive southeast of Neosho Missouri overnight. Crews from Neosho, Granby and Stella helped fight that fire. No one was hurt, but the home is a total loss. No word yet on the cause.More >>
  • Thanksgiving is for Shopping

    Thanksgiving is for Shopping

    Thursday, November 27 2014 11:21 PM EST2014-11-28 04:21:59 GMT
    Thursday is the new black, as holiday shoppers get a head-start on Black Friday.More >>
    Thursday is the new black, as holiday shoppers get a head-start on Black Friday.More >>
  • Thanksgiving Means Big Business for Local Restaurants

    Thanksgiving Means Big Business for Local Restaurants

    Thursday, November 27 2014 5:58 PM EST2014-11-27 22:58:27 GMT
    Thanksgiving is not only a big day for stuffing your face with food, but for the food business. Around 33 million people rely on restaurants for all or part of their turkey day dinners. “We have no family close by. They're all far away so for two of us to cook a big turkey is stupid,” says diner Mariane Wood. Golden Corral in Joplin is expected to serve 2,000 people, 60% more than average. Hungry diners at golden corral lined up as early as 10am in the morning to enjoy a holiday feast with...More >>
    Thanksgiving is not only a big day for stuffing your face with food, but for the food business. Around 33 million people rely on restaurants for all or part of their turkey day dinners. “We have no family close by. They're all far away so for two of us to cook a big turkey is stupid,” says diner Mariane Wood. Golden Corral in Joplin is expected to serve 2,000 people, 60% more than average. Hungry diners at golden corral lined up as early as 10am in the morning to enjoy a holiday feast with...More >>
  • Joplin Police Department gears up for Black Friday crowds

    Joplin Police Department gears up for Black Friday crowds

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:22 PM EST2014-11-27 02:22:53 GMT
    Joplin Police are gearing up for Black Friday crowds along Range Line Road, where many stores will open Thursday night at midnight.More >>
    Joplin Police are gearing up for Black Friday crowds along Range Line Road, where many stores will open Thursday night at midnight.More >>
  • Missouri gas prices are the lowest in the Four States area

    Missouri gas prices are the lowest in the Four States area

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 7:07 PM EST2014-11-27 00:07:49 GMT
    Gas prices in Missouri now average at $2.54, nearly 46 cents lower than Thanksgiving time last year. Some are finding even lower prices, with $2.39 per gallon at Love's Truck Stop off I-44 in Joplin.More >>
    Gas prices in Missouri now average at $2.54, nearly 46 cents lower than Thanksgiving time last year. Some are finding even lower prices, with $2.39 per gallon at Love's Truck Stop off I-44 in Joplin.More >>
  • Rebuild Joplin organization prepares to close

    Rebuild Joplin organization prepares to close

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 6:40 PM EST2014-11-26 23:40:34 GMT
    Hurt from the tornado did not discriminate.  As it turned out, relief from the tornado had no limits, either.More >>
    Hurt from the tornado did not discriminate.  As it turned out, relief from the tornado had no limits, either.More >>
  • Rural Health Bill Saves Patients Time & Money

    Rural Health Bill Saves Patients Time & Money

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 6:06 PM EST2014-11-26 23:06:32 GMT
    Congress passes rural health legislation that the bill co-sponsor congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says was a crucial move. “Republicans and democrats put their differences aside and for once put people in rural communities before the political wrangling. And I'm confident the president will sign it into law,” says Jenkins. The bill makes it so small rural hospitals don't need a doctor present to perform routine outpatient therapeutic services like-getting blood drawn, antibiotic infusions, and phy...More >>
    Congress passes rural health legislation that the bill co-sponsor congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says was a crucial move. “Republicans and democrats put their differences aside and for once put people in rural communities before the political wrangling. And I'm confident the president will sign it into law,” says Jenkins. The bill makes it so small rural hospitals don't need a doctor present to perform routine outpatient therapeutic services like-getting blood drawn, antibiotic infusions, and phy...More >>
  • Fatal Crash North of Racine

    Fatal Crash North of Racine

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 5:04 PM EST2014-11-26 22:04:24 GMT
    At 8:20 AM, Josh Marrs, 23, and Jacob Hall, 16 were in an crash this morning north of Racine. Marrs was driving, and Hall was an occupant. The crash occurred as the 2005 GMC Truck was traveling off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off left side of roadway and overturned.Marrs, from Carthage, MO, was pronounced dead at Freeman West Hospital. Next of kin was notified. Hall, of Neosho, MO, was transported by Life Flight to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.This is Tr...More >>
    At 8:20 AM, Josh Marrs, 23, and Jacob Hall, 16 were in an crash this morning north of Racine. Marrs was driving, and Hall was an occupant. The crash occurred as the 2005 GMC Truck was traveling off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off left side of roadway and overturned.Marrs, from Carthage, MO, was pronounced dead at Freeman West Hospital. Next of kin was notified. Hall, of Neosho, MO, was transported by Life Flight to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.This is Tr...More >>
  • No School? No Problem! - The Joplin YMCA is here to assist

    No School? No Problem! - The Joplin YMCA is here to assist

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 4:23 PM EST2014-11-26 21:23:58 GMT
    Joplin, MO - Attention working parents: looking for a fun, safe and educational place for your child to spend school holidays and snow days? Don't take the day off; we've got you covered w/ our No-School-Days childcare program!The Joplin Family YMCA offers two types of No-School-Days care: Activity Days and Snow Days. In Joplin, Activity Days are available on the following school holidays: the Wednesday of Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break (not including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Ye...More >>
    Joplin, MO - Attention working parents: looking for a fun, safe and educational place for your child to spend school holidays and snow days? Don't take the day off; we've got you covered w/ our No-School-Days childcare program!The Joplin Family YMCA offers two types of No-School-Days care: Activity Days and Snow Days. In Joplin, Activity Days are available on the following school holidays: the Wednesday of Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break (not including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Ye...More >>
  • Missouri child abuse centers are on shaky financial footing

    Missouri child abuse centers are on shaky financial footing

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 2:32 PM EST2014-11-26 19:32:31 GMT
    Missouri child abuse centers are on shaky financial footing. Federal funds through the Victims of Child Abuse Act will ensure centers get by in 2015, but in 2016, funding for the state's 22 child advocacy centers is again up in the air.More >>
    Missouri child abuse centers are on shaky financial footing. Federal funds through the Victims of Child Abuse Act will ensure centers get by in 2015, but in 2016, funding for the state's 22 child advocacy centers is again up in the air.More >>
  • Burglary at Kiddie Land

    Burglary at Kiddie Land

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 11:47 AM EST2014-11-26 16:47:58 GMT
    On November 22nd, 2014, Pittsburg Police Officers responded to 813 Memorial Drive (Kiddieland) in reference to a burglary report. Officers learned that during early morning hours an unidentified suspect broke into a building on the premises. Security cameras located throughout the premises captured images of the crime.The suspect removed a small bag of chips from the building, he also attempted to take other operating supplies but these were recovered elsewhere on the property. The suspect fo...More >>
    On November 22nd, 2014, Pittsburg Police Officers responded to 813 Memorial Drive (Kiddieland) in reference to a burglary report. Officers learned that during early morning hours an unidentified suspect broke into a building on the premises. Security cameras located throughout the premises captured images of the crime.The suspect removed a small bag of chips from the building, he also attempted to take other operating supplies but these were recovered elsewhere on the property. The suspect fo...More >>
  • FDA today finalizes new regulations on menu and vending machine calorie labeling

    FDA today finalizes new regulations on menu and vending machine calorie labeling

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 9:13 PM EST2014-11-26 02:13:16 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration today finalized new rules on menu and vending machine calorie labeling. Some chain restaurants in the Four States have already begun to comply with the regulations.More >>
    The Food and Drug Administration today finalized new rules on menu and vending machine calorie labeling. Some chain restaurants in the Four States have already begun to comply with the regulations.More >>
  • When does police force turn excessive?

    When does police force turn excessive?

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 6:39 PM EST2014-11-25 23:39:43 GMT
    The very men and women charged with protecting the law are protected by the law.More >>
    The very men and women charged with protecting the law are protected by the law.More >>
  • Special Education Classroom at new JHS Resembles an Apartment

    Special Education Classroom at new JHS Resembles an Apartment

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 6:26 PM EST2014-11-25 23:26:19 GMT
    It's a home away from home of sorts for some Joplin high students. The classroom for special education students is an apartment built right inside the new Joplin high. And it's helping student learn lessons for life. Brooke White's students wash strawberries and slice bananas as they prepare a fruit salad for a Thanksgiving feast. They're not at someone's home but a classroom that takes the shape of an apartment. White says, "They learn skills like making their bed, maintaining a home suc...More >>
    It's a home away from home of sorts for some Joplin high students. The classroom for special education students is an apartment built right inside the new Joplin high. And it's helping student learn lessons for life. Brooke White's students wash strawberries and slice bananas as they prepare a fruit salad for a Thanksgiving feast. They're not at someone's home but a classroom that takes the shape of an apartment. White says, "They learn skills like making their bed, maintaining a home suc...More >>
  • Dava Daylight Crowned 2014 Miss Indian NEO

    Dava Daylight Crowned 2014 Miss Indian NEO

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 5:24 PM EST2014-11-25 22:24:03 GMT
    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 – In a recent crowning ceremony, the American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE) in conjunction with the Native American Student Association (NASA) at Northeastern Oklahoma AM College (NEO) crowned Dava Daylight as the third Miss Indian NEO.Daylight is a freshman Psychology and Sociology major from Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She represents the Quapaw, Osage, Shawnee and Delaware Tribes, and her past accomplishments include teaching drug and alcohol awareness classes for eleme...More >>
    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 – In a recent crowning ceremony, the American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE) in conjunction with the Native American Student Association (NASA) at Northeastern Oklahoma AM College (NEO) crowned Dava Daylight as the third Miss Indian NEO.Daylight is a freshman Psychology and Sociology major from Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She represents the Quapaw, Osage, Shawnee and Delaware Tribes, and her past accomplishments include teaching drug and alcohol awareness classes for eleme...More >>
  • Joplin Rebuild Will Host Last Ribbon Cutting

    Joplin Rebuild Will Host Last Ribbon Cutting

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 4:22 PM EST2014-11-25 21:22:09 GMT
    Rebuild Joplin announces plans to complete their Owner-Occupied Repair Program in December, 2014.Rebuild Joplin formed days after the deadly May 22, 2011 tornado. First, a resource linkage website, the organization evolved thanks to a formal partnership with St. Bernard Project – a national disaster recovery organization with operations in New Orleans, New Jersey and New York City. With support from Toyota, UPS, Home Depot, Farmers Insurance, Hilti as well as other corporate partners, Rebuild...More >>
    Rebuild Joplin announces plans to complete their Owner-Occupied Repair Program in December, 2014.Rebuild Joplin formed days after the deadly May 22, 2011 tornado. First, a resource linkage website, the organization evolved thanks to a formal partnership with St. Bernard Project – a national disaster recovery organization with operations in New Orleans, New Jersey and New York City. With support from Toyota, UPS, Home Depot, Farmers Insurance, Hilti as well as other corporate partners, Rebuild...More >>
  • Early Morning pursuit sends Nevada resident to jail

    Early Morning pursuit sends Nevada resident to jail

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 2:31 PM EST2014-11-25 19:31:35 GMT
    An early morning pursuit ended with the arrest of a Nevada resident Tuesday. According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, a 1985 Chevy truck had been driving around in the median on I-49 near the Sheldon exit early Tuesday morning. When a Sheriff's Deputy approached, the truck took off heading the wrong way on I-49 and continued to flee from deputies around the southeast part of the county. A supervisor was then notified who monitored the conditions of the pursuit. Th...More >>
    An early morning pursuit ended with the arrest of a Nevada resident Tuesday. According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, a 1985 Chevy truck had been driving around in the median on I-49 near the Sheldon exit early Tuesday morning. When a Sheriff's Deputy approached, the truck took off heading the wrong way on I-49 and continued to flee from deputies around the southeast part of the county. A supervisor was then notified who monitored the conditions of the pursuit. Th...More >>
  • Joplin Police Department discusses Ferguson grand jury decision

    Joplin Police Department discusses Ferguson grand jury decision

    Monday, November 24 2014 11:03 PM EST2014-11-25 04:03:02 GMT
    Immediately after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury will not be indicting office Darren Wilson, we spoke with the Joplin Police Department about the case. Sergeant Jared Delzell with the Joplin Police Department said....More >>
    Immediately after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury will not be indicting office Darren Wilson, we spoke with the Joplin Police Department about the case. Sergeant Jared Delzell with the Joplin Police Department said....More >>
  • Pittsburg Annexes Land for Casino Development

    Pittsburg Annexes Land for Casino Development

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:56 PM EST2014-11-25 02:56:45 GMT
    Topeka-based Equity Ventures is asking the Pittsburg City Commission to annex roughly 200 acres on the Northwest corner of Highway 69 and Highway 400 for the development of a casino, event center, restaurant, and hotel. More >>
    Topeka-based Equity Ventures is asking the Pittsburg City Commission to annex roughly 200 acres on the Northwest corner of Highway 69 and Highway 400 for the development of a casino, event center, restaurant, and hotel. More >>
  • Wilson: No Indictment

    Wilson: No Indictment

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:40 PM EST2014-11-25 02:40:40 GMT
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence.At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.The Justice Dep...More >>
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence.At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.The Justice Dep...More >>
  • Pittsburg state names theater within its new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

    Pittsburg state names theater within its new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:00 PM EST2014-11-25 02:00:16 GMT
    Pittsburg State University today announced that it has named the theater within the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts in honor of local arts patrons and philanthropists, Dotty and Bill Miller.The naming of the Dotty and Bill Miller Theater was made possible by a generous gift from the Nancy and Richard Miller family and the Faith and Dick Coleman family.“Nancy and Richard Miller and Faith and Dick Coleman have long supported our university throughout the years, and, up until now, they have ...More >>
    Pittsburg State University today announced that it has named the theater within the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts in honor of local arts patrons and philanthropists, Dotty and Bill Miller.The naming of the Dotty and Bill Miller Theater was made possible by a generous gift from the Nancy and Richard Miller family and the Faith and Dick Coleman family.“Nancy and Richard Miller and Faith and Dick Coleman have long supported our university throughout the years, and, up until now, they have ...More >>
  • State reimbursements help cover housing costs at Newton County's overcrowded jail

    State reimbursements help cover housing costs at Newton County's overcrowded jail

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:11 PM EST2014-11-25 02:11:16 GMT
    Newton County officials are finalizing their 2015 budget, nearly a third of which goes to the county sheriff's office. Officials at the Newton County Jail say it is currently overcrowded and expenses for housing prisoners are high.More >>
    Newton County officials are finalizing their 2015 budget, nearly a third of which goes to the county sheriff's office. Officials at the Newton County Jail say it is currently overcrowded and expenses for housing prisoners are high.More >>
  • Bridge's safety concerns prompt MODOT to issue weight limit

    Bridge's safety concerns prompt MODOT to issue weight limit

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:12 PM EST2014-11-25 02:12:07 GMT
    The wheels on the bridge keep on turnin'.  Though for how much longer, officials are still trying to determine.More >>
    The wheels on the bridge keep on turnin'.  Though for how much longer, officials are still trying to determine.More >>
  • Castle Rock Casino Resort Proposes $130 Million Development in Cherokee County

    Castle Rock Casino Resort Proposes $130 Million Development in Cherokee County

    Monday, November 24 2014 1:46 PM EST2014-11-24 18:46:57 GMT
    Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort today announced plans to build a premiere, Las Vegas-style casino resort in Cherokee County, Kan. Located less than o.
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    Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort today announced plans to build a premiere, Las Vegas-style casino resort in Cherokee County, Kan. Located less than o
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  • Galena residents and business owner open their doors for a holiday home tour

    Galena residents and business owner open their doors for a holiday home tour

    Sunday, November 23 2014 9:56 PM EST2014-11-24 02:56:04 GMT
    This is the second year the Galena Economic Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce has put on the event. More >>
    This is the second year the Galena Economic Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce has put on the event. More >>
  • JANE, MO RALLIES TO SAVE HISTORIC POST OFFICE

    JANE, MO RALLIES TO SAVE HISTORIC POST OFFICE

    Sunday, November 23 2014 9:49 PM EST2014-11-24 02:49:30 GMT
    Names still mark where mail once made its way to Jane, Missouri residents.But the old post office has seen better days.Windows are cracked, the foundation is falling, and the roof is leaking and caving in. “If we don't act soon in the next couple of winters it will take the roof down. The foundation on the back, the building will just slide off of it,”says Jane Resident Gayla Baker. Joyce Marrs was once the mail clerk. The property has been in her family for a hundred years. She also owns th...More >>
    Names still mark where mail once made its way to Jane, Missouri residents.But the old post office has seen better days.Windows are cracked, the foundation is falling, and the roof is leaking and caving in. “If we don't act soon in the next couple of winters it will take the roof down. The foundation on the back, the building will just slide off of it,”says Jane Resident Gayla Baker. Joyce Marrs was once the mail clerk. The property has been in her family for a hundred years. She also owns th...More >>
  • Falling Gas Prices Help Local Business

    Falling Gas Prices Help Local Business

    Sunday, November 23 2014 9:49 PM EST2014-11-24 02:49:05 GMT
    Falling gas prices aren't only helping the average driver save money this holiday time. But also local businesses. Prices were around $2.50 today in Pittsburg and even lower in Joplin. "Pitt Taxi" is just one business saving on overhead from the dip in gas prices. The Pittsburg-based taxi service has even been able drop prices on some longer routes as the company saves 40% of what it had spent on fuel. "Up until the pricing started decreasing, we were spending over a hundred-dollars a day in ...More >>
    Falling gas prices aren't only helping the average driver save money this holiday time. But also local businesses. Prices were around $2.50 today in Pittsburg and even lower in Joplin. "Pitt Taxi" is just one business saving on overhead from the dip in gas prices. The Pittsburg-based taxi service has even been able drop prices on some longer routes as the company saves 40% of what it had spent on fuel. "Up until the pricing started decreasing, we were spending over a hundred-dollars a day in ...More >>
  • Joplin Emphasizes Route 66 Heritage

    Joplin Emphasizes Route 66 Heritage

    Sunday, November 23 2014 9:43 PM EST2014-11-24 02:43:43 GMT
    The city of Joplin has plans to re-purpose a long vacant garage building on Broadway into a Route 66-themed attraction. And business owners on Broadway are excited for the addition, hoping it will draw more interest to the area. More >>
    The city of Joplin has plans to re-purpose a long vacant garage building on Broadway into a Route 66-themed attraction. And business owners on Broadway are excited for the addition, hoping it will draw more interest to the area. More >>
  • Campers Await Free Wings

    Campers Await Free Wings

    Sunday, November 23 2014 9:38 PM EST2014-11-24 02:38:13 GMT
    "I would have done it for one," said one camper. "It's one wing I didn't have before."More >>
    "I would have done it for one," said one camper. "It's one wing I didn't have before."More >>
  • Dogs Stolen in Newton County

    Dogs Stolen in Newton County

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:10 PM EST2014-11-25 02:10:31 GMT
    In Neosho and Diamond, at least five dogs have been reported stolen. And police are on the lookout for a vehicle seen during an attempted dog-napping. More >>
    In Neosho and Diamond, at least five dogs have been reported stolen. And police are on the lookout for a vehicle seen during an attempted dog-napping. More >>
  • Carthage honors members of the community by inducting them into its hall of heroes.

    Carthage honors members of the community by inducting them into its hall of heroes.

    Saturday, November 22 2014 9:45 PM EST2014-11-23 02:45:02 GMT
    The heroes were nominated by their colleagues and families and chosen by an anonymous committee. More >>
    The heroes were nominated by their colleagues and families and chosen by an anonymous committee. More >>
  • MSSU celebrates 11 outstanding students as super leaders

    MSSU celebrates 11 outstanding students as super leaders

    Saturday, November 22 2014 9:06 PM EST2014-11-23 02:06:36 GMT
    In partnership with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, the eight week program exposes students to a variety of career opportunities within their major. More >>
    In partnership with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, the eight week program exposes students to a variety of career opportunities within their major. More >>
  • Southeast Kansas man dies in truck accident

    Southeast Kansas man dies in truck accident

    Saturday, November 22 2014 7:50 PM EST2014-11-23 00:50:05 GMT
    The kansas highway patrol identified the victim as 51-year-old Jack R. Cheyney of Chanute. More >>
    The kansas highway patrol identified the victim as 51-year-old Jack R. Cheyney of Chanute. More >>
  • Chetopa Blames KDOT for Water Issues

    Chetopa Blames KDOT for Water Issues

    Friday, November 21 2014 10:38 PM EST2014-11-22 03:38:10 GMT
    Relations are still tense between the city of Chetopa and the Kansas Department of Transportation over who's to blame for silt clogging the city's water intake. "And we're just about down to where we have no water for the city of Chetopa anymore," according to the Mayor of Chetopa, Ron Wood.The Neosho River provides all water for Chetopa. But debris and silt build up are hurting the city's ability to pump water from the river, clogging the city's water intake. Chetopa Mayor Ron Wood believes ...More >>
    Relations are still tense between the city of Chetopa and the Kansas Department of Transportation over who's to blame for silt clogging the city's water intake. "And we're just about down to where we have no water for the city of Chetopa anymore," according to the Mayor of Chetopa, Ron Wood.The Neosho River provides all water for Chetopa. But debris and silt build up are hurting the city's ability to pump water from the river, clogging the city's water intake. Chetopa Mayor Ron Wood believes ...More >>
  • Residents in Four States find relief to holiday depression through volunteering

    Residents in Four States find relief to holiday depression through volunteering

    Friday, November 21 2014 9:16 PM EST2014-11-22 02:16:12 GMT
    An estimated one in ten adults suffer from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the holiday season can trigger depression symptoms more than any other time of the year. However, some residents in the Four States are finding relief through volunteering.More >>
    An estimated one in ten adults suffer from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the holiday season can trigger depression symptoms more than any other time of the year. However, some residents in the Four States are finding relief through volunteering.More >>
  • Cottey College Announces 12th President

    Cottey College Announces 12th President

    Friday, November 21 2014 7:22 PM EST2014-11-22 00:22:37 GMT
    The Cottey College Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Cottey's twelfth president, Doris A. Tegart, Ed.D. Dr. Tegart, president-designate, replaces Dr. Judy Rogers who is retiring after ten years as president of Cottey. Dr. Tegart will assume the presidency on June 1, 2015.Dr. Tegart has been the executive vice president and provost at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. During her tenure, Dr. Tegart's focus has been to i...More >>
    The Cottey College Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Cottey's twelfth president, Doris A. Tegart, Ed.D. Dr. Tegart, president-designate, replaces Dr. Judy Rogers who is retiring after ten years as president of Cottey. Dr. Tegart will assume the presidency on June 1, 2015.Dr. Tegart has been the executive vice president and provost at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. During her tenure, Dr. Tegart's focus has been to i...More >>
  • Local HS Student Speaks At National Conference

    Local HS Student Speaks At National Conference

    Friday, November 21 2014 7:15 PM EST2014-11-22 00:15:33 GMT
    Carl Junction Senior Steven Stokes was elected as the national president of the Technology Student Association this summer. On Thursday he gave a speech at the national ACTE conference in Nashville in front of thousands of technology teachers. He represented the 2 million students who are members of the nine CTSO's nationwide.You can see the speech here: https://www.facebook.com/CJHSTSA?fref=tsMore >>
    Carl Junction Senior Steven Stokes was elected as the national president of the Technology Student Association this summer. On Thursday he gave a speech at the national ACTE conference in Nashville in front of thousands of technology teachers. He represented the 2 million students who are members of the nine CTSO's nationwide.You can see the speech here: https://www.facebook.com/CJHSTSA?fref=tsMore >>
  • Parsons Condemns a Dozen Dilapidated Homes

    Parsons Condemns a Dozen Dilapidated Homes

    Friday, November 21 2014 7:09 PM EST2014-11-22 00:09:48 GMT
    Parsons, Kansas has compiled its list of twelve of the worst of the worst homes to be considered for demolition. Many of these nuisances have been abandoned and sitting vacant for years. "Eyesores you can't help but notice them," says Father of neighbor Virgil Weldon. Out of the dozen homes condemned, half of them are already slated to be demolished next year. “Not only is that going to make the community safer, it's also going to help improve the neighborhoods that these homes are in because...More >>
    Parsons, Kansas has compiled its list of twelve of the worst of the worst homes to be considered for demolition. Many of these nuisances have been abandoned and sitting vacant for years. "Eyesores you can't help but notice them," says Father of neighbor Virgil Weldon. Out of the dozen homes condemned, half of them are already slated to be demolished next year. “Not only is that going to make the community safer, it's also going to help improve the neighborhoods that these homes are in because...More >>
  • Court Action in Pittsburg Murder Investigation

    Court Action in Pittsburg Murder Investigation

    Friday, November 21 2014 4:44 PM EST2014-11-21 21:44:44 GMT
    James Willard, 55 of Pittsburg was convicted of Voluntary Manslaugher. His sentencing is set for 1/16/15.According to Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso, "We had a pretrial hearing set for all afternoon and he decided to plead instead .. voluntary manslaughter is a killing that is done in "a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion."On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at approximately 4:37 a.m. the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the 2000 block of John F. Kennedy Street, Pittsburg, fo...More >>
    James Willard, 55 of Pittsburg was convicted of Voluntary Manslaugher. His sentencing is set for 1/16/15.According to Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso, "We had a pretrial hearing set for all afternoon and he decided to plead instead .. voluntary manslaughter is a killing that is done in "a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion."On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at approximately 4:37 a.m. the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the 2000 block of John F. Kennedy Street, Pittsburg, fo...More >>
  • Action on Immigration Removes Obstacles

    Action on Immigration Removes Obstacles

    Friday, November 21 2014 2:54 PM EST2014-11-21 19:54:16 GMT
    "Fake IDs, renting names, double identities. I know people that have been through several names in just six months in order to get something to eat."More >>
    "Fake IDs, renting names, double identities. I know people that have been through several names in just six months in order to get something to eat."More >>
  • Ex-bank employee sentenced in $2.5 million theft

    Ex-bank employee sentenced in $2.5 million theft

    Friday, November 21 2014 1:43 PM EST2014-11-21 18:43:58 GMT
    (AP) - A former employee of a southeast Kansas bank was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $2.5 million from her employer.The U.S. Attorney announced 54-year-old Cynthia Bright, of Girard, was sentenced Thursday to five years and 10 months in prison. She pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud.Bright admitted she took the money over 10 years while she was operations supervisor at Girard National Bank.Prosecutors say Bright used several methods to steal th...More >>
    (AP) - A former employee of a southeast Kansas bank was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $2.5 million from her employer.The U.S. Attorney announced 54-year-old Cynthia Bright, of Girard, was sentenced Thursday to five years and 10 months in prison. She pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud.Bright admitted she took the money over 10 years while she was operations supervisor at Girard National Bank.Prosecutors say Bright used several methods to steal th...More >>
  • Mercy's Helicopter Lands at New Hospital

    Mercy's Helicopter Lands at New Hospital

    Friday, November 21 2014 12:57 PM EST2014-11-21 17:57:32 GMT
    With Mercy Hospital Joplin preparing to open its new facility in March of 2015, areas of the hospital are starting to take shape.This week marked a first for Mercy Life Line air ambulance service. Workers have completed the helipad, built the mechanic shed and filled the fuel tank. Starting in the next few weeks, Mercy Life Line will be re-fueling its helicopters at the new hospital site instead of traveling to the Joplin Regional Airport.The helicopter crew has also been practicing how it wi...More >>
    With Mercy Hospital Joplin preparing to open its new facility in March of 2015, areas of the hospital are starting to take shape.This week marked a first for Mercy Life Line air ambulance service. Workers have completed the helipad, built the mechanic shed and filled the fuel tank. Starting in the next few weeks, Mercy Life Line will be re-fueling its helicopters at the new hospital site instead of traveling to the Joplin Regional Airport.The helicopter crew has also been practicing how it wi...More >>
  • Joplin sewer rate increase takes a toll on out-of-city users such as Duquesne, MO

    Joplin sewer rate increase takes a toll on out-of-city users such as Duquesne, MO

    Thursday, November 20 2014 6:45 PM EST2014-11-20 23:45:27 GMT
    The 61 percent sewer rate increase in Joplin will take effect at the beginning of 2015. While the increase has already been approved by the Joplin City Council, discussion is currently underway on how the increase will impact out-of-city users such as Duquesne, MO.More >>
    The 61 percent sewer rate increase in Joplin will take effect at the beginning of 2015. While the increase has already been approved by the Joplin City Council, discussion is currently underway on how the increase will impact out-of-city users such as Duquesne, MO.More >>
  • Holiday window display at City Hall starts season of activities

    Holiday window display at City Hall starts season of activities

    Thursday, November 20 2014 5:24 PM EST2014-11-20 22:24:51 GMT
    In the spirit of the holiday season, the windows of a downtown historic structure will again be decorated for all to enjoy. The public is invited to share in the excitement during the annual unveiling when the curtains are pulled back of the large windows of City Hall, 602 South Main. The opening takes place at 6 p.m. Tonight (Thursday, November 20), with holiday refreshments served immediately following.Formerly Newman's Department Store, this five-story building was built in 1910, and was a...More >>
    In the spirit of the holiday season, the windows of a downtown historic structure will again be decorated for all to enjoy. The public is invited to share in the excitement during the annual unveiling when the curtains are pulled back of the large windows of City Hall, 602 South Main. The opening takes place at 6 p.m. Tonight (Thursday, November 20), with holiday refreshments served immediately following.Formerly Newman's Department Store, this five-story building was built in 1910, and was a...More >>
  • Carthage woman creates magazine for veteran wives and PTSD awareness

    Carthage woman creates magazine for veteran wives and PTSD awareness

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 10:11 PM EST2014-11-20 03:11:48 GMT
    Ashley Wise is a believer. In 2012, the military wife posted a photo on facebook to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it affects soldiers. She believed it would spark a conversation. What it created was a community.More >>
    Ashley Wise is a believer. In 2012, the military wife posted a photo on facebook to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it affects soldiers. She believed it would spark a conversation. What it created was a community.More >>
  • Businesses work with Joplin Police to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals

    Businesses work with Joplin Police to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 7:06 PM EST2014-11-20 00:06:03 GMT
    Businesses team up with the Joplin police department to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals. The Candy House and Kum Go both are certified through the Crime Free Business program. Police survey businesses and make recommendations. Candy house added exterior lighting, a keypad lock and peepholes on its rear doors and a ten camera security system. Kum and Go added lighting around its trash area and keeps the middle of windows clear. Officers call that eyes on the street. Offi...More >>
    Businesses team up with the Joplin police department to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals. The Candy House and Kum Go both are certified through the Crime Free Business program. Police survey businesses and make recommendations. Candy house added exterior lighting, a keypad lock and peepholes on its rear doors and a ten camera security system. Kum and Go added lighting around its trash area and keeps the middle of windows clear. Officers call that eyes on the street. Offi...More >>
  • Eleven students to be honored at Super Leaders induction

    Eleven students to be honored at Super Leaders induction

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 6:22 PM EST2014-11-19 23:22:27 GMT
    Eleven students in the Super Leaders program will be recognized during an induction ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22, in the Billingsly Student Center Ballroom.Now in its fifth semester, the program is a joint effort between Missouri Southern and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network...More >>
    Eleven students in the Super Leaders program will be recognized during an induction ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22, in the Billingsly Student Center Ballroom.Now in its fifth semester, the program is a joint effort between Missouri Southern and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network...More >>
  • Jones, Sr Charged with 1st Degree Murder

    Jones, Sr Charged with 1st Degree Murder

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 6:00 PM EST2014-11-19 23:00:14 GMT
    Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks announced today that an arrest has been made relating to the injuries suffered by the infant son of Michael Deon Jones, Sr at his home on May 26, 2014.Sheriff Dierks stated that following months of intensive investigation, 30 year old Independence resident Michael Deon Jones, SR was taken into custody late yesterday afternoon. Dierks indicated that the recommended charges for Jones will be felony murder, relating to injuries inflicted on Jones' infant s...More >>
    Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks announced today that an arrest has been made relating to the injuries suffered by the infant son of Michael Deon Jones, Sr at his home on May 26, 2014.Sheriff Dierks stated that following months of intensive investigation, 30 year old Independence resident Michael Deon Jones, SR was taken into custody late yesterday afternoon. Dierks indicated that the recommended charges for Jones will be felony murder, relating to injuries inflicted on Jones' infant s...More >>
  • Structure Fire on F Street NW

    Structure Fire on F Street NW

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 5:59 PM EST2014-11-19 22:59:57 GMT
    On the evening of November 18, 911 received a call about a fire at 401 F St. NW. Upon arrival, Miami Fire Department found the garage on fire with heavy smoke and flames showing. Unite 20 was first on scene. Engine 3 and Engine 4 quickly arrived. Firefighters entered the house through the front door and gained access to the garage. The fire was knocked down quickly. MFD set up positive pressure ventilation, pulled the power to the home, and turned off the water. Utilities was notified and the...More >>
    On the evening of November 18, 911 received a call about a fire at 401 F St. NW. Upon arrival, Miami Fire Department found the garage on fire with heavy smoke and flames showing. Unite 20 was first on scene. Engine 3 and Engine 4 quickly arrived. Firefighters entered the house through the front door and gained access to the garage. The fire was knocked down quickly. MFD set up positive pressure ventilation, pulled the power to the home, and turned off the water. Utilities was notified and the...More >>
  • Robbery at Pittsburg Sprint Store

    Robbery at Pittsburg Sprint Store

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 5:35 PM EST2014-11-19 22:35:23 GMT
    On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm, officers responded to the Sprint store, 101 W. 29th street, in reference to a robbery. The employee stated a male entered the store, brandished a large knife and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and exited the store.The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6'00 tall, stocky build, wearing all dark clothing and a hoodie. Law enforcement from the Pittsburg Police Department and Craw...More >>
    On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm, officers responded to the Sprint store, 101 W. 29th street, in reference to a robbery. The employee stated a male entered the store, brandished a large knife and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and exited the store.The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6'00 tall, stocky build, wearing all dark clothing and a hoodie. Law enforcement from the Pittsburg Police Department and Craw...More >>
  • Montgomery County Recovery Team Continues Efforts

    Montgomery County Recovery Team Continues Efforts

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 4:48 PM EST2014-11-19 21:48:17 GMT
    The Montgomery County Recovery Team has been analyzing data collected from public resources to understand and address the economic impact of recent closure announcements made by Amazon.com and Southwire in Coffeyville.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 47% of Amazon.com and 53% of Southwire employees reside in Montgomery County. Based on those numbers, the estimated impact to the county is $18.6 million in payroll and $190,000 in sales tax revenue. Potential impact to Montgome...More >>
    The Montgomery County Recovery Team has been analyzing data collected from public resources to understand and address the economic impact of recent closure announcements made by Amazon.com and Southwire in Coffeyville.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 47% of Amazon.com and 53% of Southwire employees reside in Montgomery County. Based on those numbers, the estimated impact to the county is $18.6 million in payroll and $190,000 in sales tax revenue. Potential impact to Montgome...More >>
  • November 2014 Do The Right Thing Awards Presented by Carthage R-9 BOE

    November 2014 Do The Right Thing Awards Presented by Carthage R-9 BOE

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 4:22 PM EST2014-11-19 21:22:08 GMT
    I would like to nominate the sisters of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) sorority for recognition by the district. This group had a community service project that enhanced the outside of the Bright Futures building. They weeded the flower gardens and planted mums in preparation for the Maple Leaf celebrations.Gary Danielson, Bright Futures Coordinator/ Pleasant Valley Elementary School PrincipalOn Friday, October 17, 2014, Calvin, Ruth, and Michael Parker were a blessing to mystudents and myself. On t...More >>
    I would like to nominate the sisters of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) sorority for recognition by the district. This group had a community service project that enhanced the outside of the Bright Futures building. They weeded the flower gardens and planted mums in preparation for the Maple Leaf celebrations.Gary Danielson, Bright Futures Coordinator/ Pleasant Valley Elementary School PrincipalOn Friday, October 17, 2014, Calvin, Ruth, and Michael Parker were a blessing to mystudents and myself. On t...More >>
  • NEO Honors Top 10 Freshmen

    NEO Honors Top 10 Freshmen

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 3:44 PM EST2014-11-19 20:44:59 GMT
    Northeastern Oklahoma AM College (NEO) celebrated 10 of its brightest student leaders during their sixth annual ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 12.Established in 2009, the Top Ten Freshmen program is sponsored by NEO's Center for Academic Success and Advisement and President's Partners. The keynote speaker was sponsored by the American Indian Center for Excellence this year. NEO College President, Dr. Jeff Hale started the program during his inaugural year at NEO.During the ceremony, artist-philo...More >>
    Northeastern Oklahoma AM College (NEO) celebrated 10 of its brightest student leaders during their sixth annual ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 12.Established in 2009, the Top Ten Freshmen program is sponsored by NEO's Center for Academic Success and Advisement and President's Partners. The keynote speaker was sponsored by the American Indian Center for Excellence this year. NEO College President, Dr. Jeff Hale started the program during his inaugural year at NEO.During the ceremony, artist-philo...More >>
  • Interior design student repeats at Design Wars

    Interior design student repeats at Design Wars

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 12:45 PM EST2014-11-19 17:45:18 GMT
    Repeating as champion in any team competition is difficult. Repeating as champion with a completely different team is even harder.Just don't tell that to Cassandra Stanley.The Columbus native and Pittsburg State University senior was, for the second consecutive year, on the winning team at the International Interior Design Association's Design Wars competition in Kansas City. She was the only student in this year's competition that also competed in 2013.Stanley, an interior design major, was ...More >>
    Repeating as champion in any team competition is difficult. Repeating as champion with a completely different team is even harder.Just don't tell that to Cassandra Stanley.The Columbus native and Pittsburg State University senior was, for the second consecutive year, on the winning team at the International Interior Design Association's Design Wars competition in Kansas City. She was the only student in this year's competition that also competed in 2013.Stanley, an interior design major, was ...More >>
  • Bourbon County Jail opens its doors to the public as a way to educate residents about working conditions

    Bourbon County Jail opens its doors to the public as a way to educate residents about working conditions

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:39 PM EST2014-11-19 03:39:34 GMT
    As citizens walk through the inmate pods, Bourbon County Jail administrator Bobby Reed voices his concern. "The safety that my officers and the inmates face everyday," he said,More >>
    As citizens walk through the inmate pods, Bourbon County Jail administrator Bobby Reed voices his concern. "The safety that my officers and the inmates face everyday," he said,More >>
  • Same-sex marriage licenses will now be issued in Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties

    Same-sex marriage licenses will now be issued in Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 6:48 PM EST2014-11-18 23:48:27 GMT
    Same-sex marriage licenses will now be issued in Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. An order directing county clerks to issue the licenses was given by the Chief Judge of the Kansas 11th Judicial District and became effective yesterday.More >>
    Same-sex marriage licenses will now be issued in Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. An order directing county clerks to issue the licenses was given by the Chief Judge of the Kansas 11th Judicial District and became effective yesterday.More >>
  • Students Statistics Poster Shows Students Try Harder if Tests Count Toward Grades

    Students Statistics Poster Shows Students Try Harder if Tests Count Toward Grades

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 6:36 PM EST2014-11-18 23:36:06 GMT
    Two Joplin high students and their statistics teacher get national recognition for a project that gives insight to student attitudes when taking tests. It's test day in Adam Bennett's algebra classes. And this one is for real. But earlier he and two of his students gave classmates a fake. Sadie Wallner, a senior says, "We were conducting an experiment to find out if telling students a test was for a grade affects their score." About one hundred of Bennett's students were tested at midterm l...More >>
    Two Joplin high students and their statistics teacher get national recognition for a project that gives insight to student attitudes when taking tests. It's test day in Adam Bennett's algebra classes. And this one is for real. But earlier he and two of his students gave classmates a fake. Sadie Wallner, a senior says, "We were conducting an experiment to find out if telling students a test was for a grade affects their score." About one hundred of Bennett's students were tested at midterm l...More >>
  • Frank Voltz Concert Kicks Off 'Christmas At The Coleman'

    Frank Voltz Concert Kicks Off 'Christmas At The Coleman'

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 6:23 PM EST2014-11-18 23:23:05 GMT
    Frank Voltz will perform Dec. 19thFrank Voltz will perform Dec. 19th
    Christmas carols and Christmas movies will combine to create a magical weekend of events at the historic Coleman Theatre.The festivities begin Friday, Dec. 19, with a special concert featuring Frank Voltz on the harp, piano and “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ. Two holiday classic movies, “It's A Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 20, while Sunday, Dec. 21, will feature the movie “The Polar Express.”“What a great slate of entertainment we have lined up for the...More >>
    Christmas carols and Christmas movies will combine to create a magical weekend of events at the historic Coleman Theatre.The festivities begin Friday, Dec. 19, with a special concert featuring Frank Voltz on the harp, piano and “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ. Two holiday classic movies, “It's A Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 20, while Sunday, Dec. 21, will feature the movie “The Polar Express.”“What a great slate of entertainment we have lined up for the...More >>
  • "Pioneers and Trailblazers of the Jim Crow Era" Program

    "Pioneers and Trailblazers of the Jim Crow Era" Program

    Thursday, November 13 2014 5:12 PM EST2014-11-13 22:12:19 GMT
    DIAMOND, Missouri: The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument invites you to attend a special ranger led program on “Pioneers and Trailblazers of the Jim Crow Era”. This interactive program will begin at the park visitor center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22nd. Come learn more about Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, George Washington Carver, and W.E.B. Du Bois and their contributions towards attaining civil rights for African Americans.This program ...More >>
    DIAMOND, Missouri: The staff of George Washington Carver National Monument invites you to attend a special ranger led program on “Pioneers and Trailblazers of the Jim Crow Era”. This interactive program will begin at the park visitor center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22nd. Come learn more about Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, George Washington Carver, and W.E.B. Du Bois and their contributions towards attaining civil rights for African Americans.This program ...More >>
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