Joplin, MO

New tradition kicks off in Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A tradition in Carthage is getting a cleanup. This afternoon the Alliance of Southwest Missouri” held its first annual “Sudstock” in Carthage Municipal Park. The event is a spin on its annual “Mudstock” obstacle course and instead focused on clean fun with foam...
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Missing man in Joplin, Mo.; Left for walk and never returned, he suffers from dementia police say

***UPDATE Mr. Mavis was located and returned home safely,” Thank you.*** JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Police Department release an image of a missing man who suffers from dementia. “We are asking for assistance in locating Bill Mavis. If located, please contact the Joplin Police Mr. Mavis suffers with dementia. He left for a walk around 9:00 pm night. He resides...

Local protest against the overturn of Roe v. Wade

JOPLIN, Mo. — More than 50 people lined the intersection of 7th and Illinois in Joplin Friday evening (6/24), to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn “Roe v. Wade.”. Those in attendance along the busy intersection, held up signs and chanted in protest to passing motorists.

Vehicle thefts in Joplin are on the rise

JOPLIN, Mo. — Is a rise in some types of crime a result of the economic hard times we’re in?. The Joplin Police Department has noticed an increase in the amount of theft from vehicles between January of this year and the end of May. Captain Will Davis...

Carthage’s first-ever pop-up waterpark coming Saturday

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Alliance of Southwest Missouri and the Carthage Caring Communities Coalition are bringing SudStock (formerly MudStock) to Carthage on Saturday, June 25th, from 12 noon – 3 p.m. SudStock is a free event and continues to promote a drug free message of bringing families together...

Pop-Up art exhibit Sunday at Joplin Public Library

JOPLIN, Mo. — There are always beautiful works of art on display throughout the Joplin Public Library which is curated by the Post Art Library. This Sunday they are featuring something special for one afternoon only. The metalworking art and sculptures of Zach VanBecelaere. “VanBecelaere uses a variety of...

News to Know: Oklahoma charter school founders face embezzlement charges, and MODOT & KDOT weigh in on a proposed gas holiday

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma law officers arrest three top officials in the state’s Epic Charter Schools program on multiple felony charges. On Thursday the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests of Epic Charter School founders Ben Harris and David Chaney and former Chief Financial Officer Josh Brook. They face a slew of charges including embezzlement of state funds, racketeering and conspiracy to commit a felony. The OSBI says their investigation began nearly a decade ago. Investigators claim the men were involved in a scheme that cost Oklahoma taxpayers more than 22-million dollars.

Schifferdecker Golf Course hosts 100th anniversary tournament

JOPLIN, Mo. — Hundreds were teeing off to celebrate Schifferdecker Golf Course’s 100th anniversary. Today the golf course held two separate golf tournaments to celebrate a century in Joplin. More than 120 golfers of different skill levels hit the green. The golf course raffled off a flat screen...

Firework guidelines for those living in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — As Independence Day approaches and firework sales start to ramp up, people living within Joplin city limits should be aware of the dates and times those fireworks can be legally discharged. The City of Joplin wants to remind everyone to adhere to all regulations involving the...

Two from Webb City, Mo. graduate Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy, becoming Troopers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The 113th class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will graduate Friday morning at 9 a.m. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 25 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 24, 2022. The ceremony will take place in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 E. Elm Street,...

Abortion ruling impact on LifeChoices

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Despite today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, an area organization won’t be closing its doors anytime soon. In fact, all the services they now provide are in greater need than ever before. LifeChoices, or Choices Medical Services,...

Some rain AND a break from the heat for Sunday – Nick

Good early Sunday morning, everyone. Temperatures have stayed too hot for the past few days. After seeing highs top out in the upper 90s on Friday, we just had to push to a high of 100° at Joplin Regional Airport for our Saturday afternoon. While it didn’t match the record high of 101° back in 2012, just coming close to one of the record highs from that miserable summer was bad enough. Fortunately, a change in our weather setup will give us (FINALLY!) a much needed break from the heat. An upper-level wave is riding into the area and interacting with our cold front at the surface.

Bennett resigns as utilities director

Utilities Director Scott Bennett, after 22 years working for the City of Columbus resigned his post without notice. Following an intensive somewhat heated discussion between council members, the mayor and city employees over actions taken during the May 20 water outage in the city of Columbus Bennett resigned from the city. He had worked his way up through the department and was offered the…

Billye Lynne Odom

Billye L y n n e Odom was born on April 22, 1941 in Joplin, MO; the daughter of William Taft and Opal Joe (Davidson) Dungan. She was a 1960 graduate from Baxter Springs High School. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a masters degree in education from Baker University. On June 6, 1964, Billye was united in marriage to James Brian Odom in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Billye was truly a wonderful educator and spent 34 years at several different schools; including Meadowbrook Junior High, Indian Woods Middle School in Overland Park and Atchison High School. She spent most of her career teaching 7th grade life science. Billye loved to travel; whether she was exploring with her children, grandchildren or church friends, she was always going to new places where she might learn something new. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado. Her greatest joy in life was her family which includes her sons, Doug (Alicia) Odom of El Dorado and Greg (Tabbey) Odom of Carlsbad, New Mexico; grandchildren, Chloe, Jeremiah and Zoey Odom and Brantley Henson and Jaycie Henson (Adam Rubi); and dog, Christy. Billye passed away on June 12, 2022 in El Dorado. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James in 2010; and infant sister, Vicky Dungan. Friends may gather with family on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Carlson Colonial Chapel from 5-7 PM. Graveside services will take place at Baxter Springs Memorial Cemetery in Baxter Springs, Ks at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to First Presbyterian Church and Alzheimer’s Association. Please sign her online guestbook at www.

Wilsons celebrate fiftieth anniversary

A 50 th wedding anniversary celebration for Bill and Margie Wilson of Weir was held June 12 with friends and family at St. Bridget’s Parish Hall in Scammon. Bill Wilson and Margie O’Brien were united in marriage June 10, 1972 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parsons. A family trip to Pensacola, Florida is planned to commemorate the occasion. The couple has three children, eight grandchildren…