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Aurora Mercy ER staying pretty busy with patients

Aurora Rotary members recently heard from Kim Jirik, the emergency services manager for Aurora Mercy Hospital. Mercy Aurora has 25 critical care beds and is budgeted for 35 emergency room patients per day. They have seen record numbers as of late, topping out at 57 as their new record. Peak...
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News To Know: MO marijuana laws, pedestrian struck by traffic

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022, Cherokee County authorities were notified that a woman had arrived at a Joplin, Mo. hospital suffering multiple stab wounds. Detectives determined the crime had occurred at a property north of Galena, Kan. As a result of the investigation, deputies located and took two suspects into custody: Steven D. Tyner, 49, of Columbus, Kansas and Ivy Christine Simpson, 23, of Webb City, Missouri. Authorities have issued multiple charges to the duo, including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. Click here if you would like to read the entire article.

Neosho R-5 schools to offer daycare for staff

NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho teachers could soon have an easier time juggling work and home responsibilities. District officials are in the process of creating a new daycare facility for the children of teachers and staff members. They plan to remodel a former church. Officials say it’s a good idea...

Flames light up the Joplin sky from large 2-story house fire

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just before 5:30 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2022, fire reported at 832 S Pennsylvania alerting Joplin E-911. Joplin Police, Joplin Fire and METS ambulance responded. Joplin Fire sounded a second alarm as flames and thick black smoke were visible from an active fire. Tipsters tell us they could see fire and smoke visible in the morning sky near...

ASD hires new super

The Aurora Board of Education has selected Dr. Ben Yocom to serve as the next superintendent of the Aurora School District, succeeding Dr. Billy Redus who is retiring at the end of the school year. Yocum will begin his new responsibilities on July 1, 2023. Originally from Reeds Spring, Yocum...
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Mt. Vernon Class of 1967 gather for 55th class reunion

The MVHS Class of 1967 held its 55th class reunion over the Apple Butter Makin’ Days festival weekend. Eighteen classmates, and nine guests, attended the event returning from as far as California. Mrs. LoVene (Lampe) Claypole, one of class of 1967’s teachers, also joined the festivities. During the...

Joplin woman killed trying to cross busy roadway

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin woman was hit and killed Thursday morning as she tried to cross a busy road near Joplin’s airport. Police say around 6:15 AM Cheyanne Funk, 22, of Joplin was struck by a vehicle while crossing State Hwy 171 near Swede Lane, in front of the Joplin Airport.

Early morning house fire destroys Joplin home

JOPLIN, Mo. — Around 5:30 Friday morning fire fighters responded to a two-story house at 832 S. Pennsylvania Ave. When they arrived they said flames were all through the structure. The Joplin battalion chief said there was a man inside who managed to escape the flames. He was taken...

Christmas Light List 2022 fr. Joplin News First

JOPLIN METRO AREA — These are the light displays to enjoy Christmas 2022! Arranged in sections to visit easily and shorten drive times. Also when you click each DIRECTIONS link it will tell you how far from where you are at that moment. JOPLIN LIGHTS JOPLIN: Spiva Park, 4th & Main, Joplin 👉🏽DIRECTIONS JOPLIN: Ronald McDonald House, 3402 S. Jackson, Joplin...
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Verona rings in Christmas

The Verona CIVIC Group held the 2022 Verona Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. The event had 22 entries, not including the police and fire vehicles that also appeared in the parade. Afterward, first, second and third place trophies were awarded to entries in the categories of: Business, Auto, School, Church, Tractors and Individual. There was also a $1,000 prize for the entry which was Best of Show, sponsored by BCP Ingredients, which went to Coleman Vault. In addition to the parade awards, the award for a the best decorated house went to Susanne and Salvadore Angel.

Joplin hangs on to beat Leavenworth in Lady Eagle Classic opener

WATCH: Joplin tops Leavenworth 45-39 in its first game of the Lady Eagle Classic. Bailey Ledford scores a team-high 17 points. Brynn Driver adds 10. Joplin will be back in action on Friday at 7:30 pm against Farmington in the tournament semifinals. COPYRIGHT 2022 BY KOAM NEWS NOW. ALL RIGHTS...

Liberty helps spread a little holiday cheer this holiday season

JOPLIN, Mo — Liberty Utilities and the community team up to bring a little holiday cheer to senior citizens who don’t have family or close friends to celebrate with. Lasting until December 12th, the program gets senior citizens from local agencies to help make their holidays brighter. Lasting until December 12th, you can pick up a list from Liberty at their office 602 S. Joplin Avenue.

Dover Hill Elementary finally set to open

JOPLIN, Mo. — The newest addition to the Joplin School District will be celebrated in a matter of weeks. District officials announced plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dover Hill Elementary on North Main Street. It’ll take place the morning of Thursday, January 12th. Ground was broken on...
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Asbury resident pleads down to misdemeanor on felony weapon charge

Dec. 9—A 43-year-old defendant from Asbury pleaded guilty this week to a reduced charge of misdemeanor trespassing in a gun-pointing incident involving another man. David E. Sly Jr. pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor count of trespassing in a deal with the prosecutor's office. He had been facing a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

Home destroyed by fire in Sarcoxie

SARCOXIE, Mo. — About 5 a.m. reports of a fire in on the 200 block of 8th Street alerted Jasper County E-911. Sarcoxie Fire Dept, Sarcoxie Rural Fire, Mercy Ambulance, and Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Carthage Fire toned as mutual aid. Fire reported to have started at the rear of the home. On arrival active flames and smoke visible....
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Former Webb City woman's drug trafficking case dismissed

Dec. 8—The Jasper County prosecutor's office has dismissed a drug trafficking charge that a former Webb City woman has been facing for four years. A charge of first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine filed in June 2018 on Paula Dominguez Garcia, 40, was dismissed Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court. The...
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Kingsley, Kennedy dead in apparent murder-suicide

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reported that two people who were found dead inside a Miller residence on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 28, were killed in a murder-suicide. The deceased were identified as Kaleb Kingsley, 55, of Miller and Linda Kennedy, 43, of Chetopa, Kan. According to a...

Eagle Riders serve area community in many ways

The Aurora Fraternal Order of Eagles 3948, also known as the Eagle Riders, is a group of big-hearted, hard-working motorcycle enthusiasts who get together to ride for various causes and serve the needy of area communities. “Serving others helps me to be a part of something bigger than myself,” said...

City, design team meet with citizens about rec center

About 50 members of the Aurora community attended a hands-on meeting with City of Aurora officials and architects regarding the future recreation center project on Nov. 29 at the Aurora High School. The recreation center location will be on a 26-acre field, located near the high school, and will intersect...