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News to Know: Driver identified in Jasper County fatal crash, and malfunctioning thumb drives skew election results

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A tractor trailer accident in Jasper county takes the life of the driver. At about 1:00pm Tuesday afternoon authorities responded to reports of a serious crash on Baseline Boulevard near Civil War Road. 64-year old Mark Tidwell was driving a 1988 Freightliner pulling a lime spreader west on Baseline Boulevard when his vehicle went off the right side of the road and overturned. The driver was ejected from his vehicle. Authorities pronounced Tidwell dead at the scene. The Jasper County Coroner claimed the body and next of kin was notified. Find more crash details here.
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Carthage Man Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident

(KTTS News) – A Carthage man was killed in a tractor-trailer accident Tuesday afternoon. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that 64-year-old Mark A. Tidball went off the side of route M near Jasper just shortly before 1 pm. Tidball’s freightliner tractor trailer overturned, and he was ejected from...

Carthage, Mo. man killed as tractor trailer overturns on Baseline Blvd

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — About 1 p.m. Tuesday reports of a serious crash on Baseline Blvd near Civil War Road alerted Jasper County E911. Jasper Fire Dept, Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and Mercy EMS responded emergency. Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT Emergency Response were notified. On the scene of the crash the roadway was completely blocked. Tpr B. Walker...

News to Know: Murder suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge, and Duenweg police investigate a stabbing

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – A southwest Missouri man pleads guilty to abandonment of a corpse. Ray Fryling had faced a number of other charges including first-degree murder. In December of 2019, Lawrence County detectives found someone had been using a missing man, Coy Cole’s, car and financial information. They traced the activity to Cole’s former roommate who told detectives that Fryling had shot Cole in the stomach. Deputies searched Fryling’s property in Verona and found a fresh burn pile with human remains. For a full breakdown of events in this case click here.

Carl Junction’s final “Second Tuesday” of 2022

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction’s largest festival of the year that features their Main Street business district, took place this evening (8/9). As kids head back to school in just a couple of weeks, the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce put on their final “Second Tuesday” event for the summer season.

66 Drive-In Theatre shows Grease this weekend as we all remember Olivia Newton-John

CARTHAGE, Mo. — News Monday spread that the beloved actress and musician Olivia Newton John had died. CNN reported the Australian singer whose breathy voice and wholesome beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the ’70s and charmed generations of viewers in the blockbuster movie “Grease,” died on Monday, according to a statement from her husband. She...

CFI unveils latest female-driven rig wrap, She Drives campaign

JOPLIN, Mo. — One of the biggest industries in the Four States is facing a worsening shortage of man power. But there could be a solution to that problem — woman power. You could say that trucking runs in the blood of Penny Thomas. She followed in her father’s footsteps into the industry, but not behind a desk, behind the wheel. She got a new ride from her employer CFI.

Duenweg Police investigate stabbing

DUENWEG, Mo. — Just after 7 a.m. Monday morning reports of a stabbing in the 600 block of Patterson alerted Jasper County E911. Jasper County Deputies, METS ambulance and Duenweg Fire responded. Duenweg Police responded initiating an investigation. Shortly afterward yellow crime scene tape wrapped a residence at 624 Patterson. THE RESIDENCE IS LOCATED ON THE NW CORNER OF PATTERSON...

Joplin’s new airport manager

JOPLIN, Mo. — There’s a new executive in charge at the Four States’ largest airport. But he’s no stranger to flying the friendly skies over Joplin, someplace that’s very familiar. “My parents moved here when I was three years old, and we moved literally across...

Webb City PD seeks to honor fallen officer

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A fallen officer is the focus of a new effort in Webb City to honor the past. “August 2, 1902, Marshall Leonard Rich went to break up a bar fight in Webb City. He was killed in the line of duty that day,” said Webb City Police Dept. Chief Don Melton.

Vehicle crashes into Webb City Burger King

WEBB CITY, Mo. — About 4:45 p.m. Monday reports of a vehicle into the side of Burger King, 1312 S Madison. On the scene we are told the female driver failed to stop pulling into a parking spot. She was not injured. No one inside the building was injured. They remain open in the Drive-Thru only. The lobby is now...

Free school supplies given to area kids

JOPLIN, Mo. — School supplies are likely on the minds of many parents whose kids are about to head back to the classroom. For many families in need, the Jasper County Treatment Court made back-to-school supplies one less thing to worry about. Court case managers put together a “back...

Downtown Black History & Performing Arts Mural has a new unveiling date

Joplin, Missouri – The Langston Hughes Cultural Society worked in tandem with Joplin city government commission the Downtown Black History & Performing Arts Mural located at the intersection of 1st and Main St. Joplin citizens and lovers of art was supposed to witness the unveiling of the mural last month but due to poor weather conditions the event was postponed.

Joplin Eagles prep for 2022 with new faces

The lone class 6 squad in the area, the Joplin Eagles have taken the field to prepare for the 2022 season. Like most teams, the Eagles couldn’t be more excited to get things rolling for the coming year. Draven VanGilder said, “I love the game and I love getting out here and getting after it […]

Webb City Chamber receives new director

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Webb City Chamber of Commerce has a new face heading the operation. LeeAnn Crider is now the executive director, following the resignation of Gwen Allen. But Crider is no stranger to the Chamber, since she’s been working there for the past nine years.

Dump truck crashes and burns off I-44 in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — About 11:15 a.m. Monday, a dump truck went through a guardrail on I-44 near mile marker 10 in Joplin. Joplin Police Officer Dalton Farmer told KOAM’s Shannon Becker that the driver refused transport to a hospital. Farmer said the dump truck experienced a flat tire before veering through a guardrail, going down an embankment and crashing. The...