The Wyandotte Nation is preparing to put on its seventh annual environmental festival on April 25, bringing students and community members together for educational opportunities. The festival is slated at the Wyandotte Nation powwow grounds, located five miles east of town on Highway 60. Program director Christen Lee said the event is focused on showing area environmental projects.
Jurors deliberated for almost four hours Friday before convicting a rural Joplin man of sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual misconduct involving a child. A jury returned the verdicts against Richard D. McNabb II, 35, at the conclusion of a three-day trial in Newton County Circuit Court. A 16-year-old girl testified at the trial that McNabb took nude photographs of her on two occasions when she was 9 or 10 years old.
Carthage voters in April do not now have a single choice to make in filling posts on the City Council. Mayor Mike Harris and three ward council members are unopposed in running for re-election. But no candidate has filed for the 2nd Ward and 3rd Ward council seats, meaning those could be filled by write-in candidates. If the posts aren’t filled by a write-in ballot, Harris said, he will appoint members to fill them after the April 8 vote.
A former comptroller for a Joplin trucking company pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer. David VanWinkle, 60, of Neosho, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield to wire fraud, money laundering and failure to pay taxes.
Following a concerted effort this week by all Republican Senators to stop the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from encroaching on newsrooms’ editorial decisions, the FCC announced today that it will not move forward with the controversial Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN Study), which posed highly inappropriate questions of news editors about how they select stories, station bias, and even about their “news philosophy.”
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has recently received some citizen complaints of phone solicitation from a 573 area code number, specifically 573-342-4078. The company is a telemarketing company soliciting funds for the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation which is based out of Hershey, Pennsylvania.