Sol Fowler

Sol Edmond Fowler, age 88, Joplin, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at his home with family at his side after a lengthy illness.

Sol was born March 6, 1933 in Joplin, son of the late Harvey and Almeda (Lewis) Fowler. He attended Joplin Schools, and worked for 20 years with Mid-West Machine as a machinist before retiring, and then he went to work for Empire District Electric Company where he retired also.

Sol was an active member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher and was a member of the Layman’s Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the NAACP.

In addition to his parents, Sol was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Fowler; a son, Orlandus Michael Land; brothers, Herman Fowler and Harvey Fowler; sisters, Laura M. Brown, Martha Coates, and Mary Logan.

Survivors include his children, Richard Fowler, Mark Fowler, and Bruce Land (DeAnn) all of Joplin, Stephanie Candie of Springfield, Missouri, and Robert Clay (Janice) of Antioch, Tennessee; grandchildren, Simon Williams, Charolet Williams, Sam Fowler, Mark Fowler, Michael Fowler (Abigail), Mischia Jackson, Leesa Chambers (David, Jr.), Kristian Candie, Malorie Clay, and Robbin Clay Hayes; 10 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Pete Fowler, host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service will be Friday, July 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Samuel Nero, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Chester George Herzberger

Chester George Herzberger, Junior passed into the loving arms of Jesus on June 24, 2021, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. His daughter Lyn was at his side.

Chester was born December 15, 1923, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. At the age of 16 he moved with his family to Pasadena, California where he resided until joining the U.S. Army, serving his country in the infantry from January 17, 1943, until June 19, 1945. After recovering from wounds sustained at the Battle of the Bulge, he returned to California where he married Geneva Nel Webster, who passed away in 1966. They had two children, Lyn Marie Lamarche Nelis and Kim Laurie Robison.

On the GI Bill, Chester attended the University of Berkeley and then transferred to the University of Southern California where he graduated with an engineering degree.

Chester worked for McKesson Robbins pharmaceutical firm and then Universal Heritage dealing with stocks, bonds, investments, securities, and family financial planning.

Chester married Carroll Joy Moses in 1979 in Orange County, California. He and Carroll operated an emergency care service for children through the State of California’s Department of Social Services. In this capacity, they secured guardianship and later adopted Andrew Herzberger.

In 1992, Chester, Carroll, and Andrew moved to Mt. Vernon, Missouri where Chester established the state recognized “More 4 You” foundation. Under the umbrella of this foundation Chester and Carroll founded and operated Emmanuel’s Tails, a no-kill animal shelter.

During his lifetime, Chester read the Bible from cover-to-cover 72 times. His love of the Lord was reflected throughout his life, bringing many into the family of God and encouraging many through Scripture.

Chester is survived by his daughter, Lyn Lamarche Nelis; his son Andrew Herzberger; three stepdaughters, Donalyn Rice (Michael) Shroetke, Robin Ann Rice (Steve) Madox, Cynthia Marie Boehm and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Chester, you have run the good race. With confidence we know that God is saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Burial will be held at a later date at the East View Cemetery west of Stotts City, Missouri.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

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Annually, "The Milken Center" recognizes great educators nationally

JOPLIN, MO – Each year, “The Milken Center” honors some of the best educators in the country.

Over the last 2 weeks, 14 different chosen educators have attended the “Milken Fellow” program at the center, after distinguishing themselves in their respective school districts.

The men and women spend time at the center learning how to inspire students to discover, research, and present stories about unsung hero’s.

Megan Helberg teaches at a small community school in rural Nebraska, and was named “Teacher of the Year” in Nebraska 2020.

“The ones before me are quite prestigious and really rock stars in the field of education so to be amongst them is a great feeling, and to be welcomed by the community of Fort Scott has been amazing, this town has really rolled out the red carpet for us to make our experience even better.” Says Helberg.

Helberg is also part of the only husband and wife team of fellows in the history of the “Milken Center.”

Her mother was also a Milken Fellow back in 2012.

Love Letters from World War 2 are finally reunited with their rightful owner

ARKANSAS – In today’s dose of good news… One of the most romantic mysteries is coming to a close, as hundreds of World War 2 love letters are returned to the couples family.

Goodwill industries of Arkansas posted about the letters over the weekend, and today they gave them back to the rightful owner.

It’s the kind of love story you only see in movies or read about in books.

Jessica Hunter and Candace Owen describe their great aunt and uncles relationship as a fairytale. From their first date, to being separated for almost 2 years as the world was at war.

More than 7 decades of marriage, detailed in the pictures, postcards, wedding band, but one thing was always missing.

Over the weekend, Hunter saw this post pop up on her Facebook Page about handwritten letters from a woman named Mildred to her husband off fighting in the second World War.

“I scrolled down to the pictures and I saw the box and I went I know that box.” Says Hunter.

Although she never knew what was inside…

She knew this mysterious Mildred… was her Mimi.

Now, the box is back where it belongs… As hunter and Owen sift through the letters of love, they read each handwritten note, connecting this relationship though miles apart.

And they are just happy they can now pass this love story, down to the generations to come.

Old pipe in Carterville will be replaced Wednesday morning

CARTERVILLE, MO – The city of Carterville is replacing an old pipe near the Jonestown Neighborhood.

Last weeks, a resident alerted Carterville Public Works about a leak in the alley between South Pearl and South Locust Streets.

Crews dug up the pipes and inserted a fitting, but it blew apart.

Tuesday five residents on Pearl and Locust were briefly without water while crews replaced a portion of the pipe.

Crews will dig up the rest of the 100 year old pipe in the morning, and replace it.

“We’re not ready to knock on their doors and tell them they will lose water for this many hours or this many minutes we’ll be through get you some bottled water that’s what we can do. And get it done as fast as we can,” said Carze Brown, Supervisor of Public Works.

Brown adds, residents in the area should not lose water during the repair work tomorrow.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President steps down

JOPLIN, MO – Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Toby Teeter has announced his resignation.

In a statement to the chamber’s board of directors, Teeter says, “Serving as the Joplin Chamber’s President has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Now it’s time for me to step down and allow a new chamber leader to emerge with the skills required to navigate Joplin’s next chapter.”

Teeter will stay on with the chamber and assist with transitioning to a new president through July 30th.

He was hired at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce in December 2018.

Chamber board chair, and Mercy Joplin President and CEO, Jeremy Drinkwitz, thanked Teeter for his service, wishing him the best of luck with his next chapter.

No future plans for the chamber have been announced,

Missouri Lawmakers are running out of time and have less than 2 days to renew the Medicaid tax

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri lawmakers have less than two days to renew an important Medicaid tax before the governor enforces millions of dollars in budget cuts.

July 1st is the governor’s deadline to extend the federal reimbursement allowance tax.

House members held a hearing Tuesday for the legislation, but as expected, there’s also debate about taking funding away from abortion facilities and providers who offer abortion services.

“So I am very concerned about losing our Medicaid funding and we are here to protect our Medicaid funding.” Says Unsicker (D).

The tax that’s paid by the healthcare providers that brings in billions for Medicaid is now in the hands of the house.

“By not passing the FRA timely by July 1st, you’re impacting the lives of 23 thousand very very critical ill individuals. There’s no where else they can get the care other than the nursing homes.” Says Nikki, health care.

Since lawmakers didn’t renew the FRA during regular session, they are now up against the governor’s deadline of July 1st.

The big debate now in the house, if abortion providers and facilities should receive public funding.

“I do think that we want to be careful and we want to make sure that we’re doing this most appropriate way possible and there’s not any unintended consequences.” Says Deaton (R).

Representative Nick Schroer is the sponsor of the bill, separate of the FRA renewal.

“That we are going to defend taxpayer dollars, we are going to defend the lives of the unborn.” Says Schroer.

The bill would nullify any federal law that requires Medicaid from paying for abortion services.

Missouri right to life spoke in favor of the legislation Tuesday.

“Standing up for life is not easy when we have a pro-abortion president but he has made it very clear that he absolutely wants the Hyde Amendment to go away.” Says Susan.

While Planned Parenthood warning that this could jeopardize the state’s entire Medicaid program.

“That is going to have extremely negative impacts on people who already face many challenges trying to access quality care.” Says April.

Now both the FRA renewal and Schroer’s bill were voted out of committee Tuesday, both Pieces of legislation will be in front of the full house Wednesday.

If passed Schroer’s bill would have to go back to the senate for the approval, and there’s no word if senators would come back to vote on it.

Southwest Missouri Bank is awarding 36 local nonprofits a grant

JOPLIN, MO – In tonight’s dose of good news… A trust is giving back to 36 local nonprofits.

“We couldn’t survive without local community support.” Says Stephanie Theis, Executive Director of Children’s Haven.

Southwest Missouri Bank is awarding 36 nonprofits in Jasper and Newton Counties the WR Corley Memorial Grant.

They are distributing more than $236,000 to the local organizations.

Jasper County Court approved advocate received the grant and says it will help the, build a new training and connection center on 20th Street near Range line

“Our court appointed advocates to be able to meet with their children and to get the training and support they need to be able to advocate for kids in foster care. the Corley Grant was a big big help to us in that project.” Says Debi Koelkebeck, Executive Director of Jasper County Casa.

Jasper County Casa will break ground on the new facility in the fall.

The grant will also help Children’s Haven with operating expenses.

“The Corley Grant will support crisis care for Joplin kids. Its really to provide safe shelter and nurturing care when families have some sort of stressful event going on.” Says Theis.

Lafayette House is also using their grant money for operating expenses.

The shelter gives women and children experiencing domestic or sexual violence a safe place to stay, and offers substance use disorder treatment.

“Mr. Corley was very generous to us when he was alive. And so the fact that he established such a generous trust to help so many organizations is really wonderful. What we find most helpful is that it’s local funding, the decisions are made locally and so they’re realty able to give some though to charities that need the help.” Says Louise Secker, Director of Development Lafayette House.

Bob Corley passed away in 2019, but his legacy lives on with the trust he established through Southwest Missouri Bank.

“It was clear from the applications we saw that we’ve got some great charities in Southwest Missouri.” Says Chuck Brown, Trust offer with Southwest Missouri Bank.

A local Fire Juggler is bring the community together at the "Neosho Newton County Library"

NEOSHO, MO – Pretty unique event, this evening, at the “Neosho, Newton County Library.” One for the whole family. One that was hot. Literally hot.

The library sponsored Jason D’Vaude, who is a fire juggler.

He worked some of his magic at “Big Spring Park.”

Officials hope events like this will being parents and their kids to the library.

“Personally, for me, I love to see the community come together. I know the kids have missed their friends at the events because of COVID. The parents are eager to get their kids outside and have some fun and enjoy themselves with their kids.” Says Pam Swink, Youth Services Coordinator for the Neosho Newton County Library.

On Tuesday, July 20th, the “Dickerson Park Zoo” out of Springfield will have some of its animals at the library. That event will start at 10:00a.m.

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes is expanding

FORT SCOTT, KS – A Southeast Kansas educational attraction is growing.

In this case, it’s beyond the walls of its current facility.

They may not be a household name, but every person featured inside the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, has had a positive impact on history.

And for the first time since the center opened its doors at Main and Wall Streets in downtown Fort Scott back in 2016, the facility is expanding, this time outside.

“Which will have story rails on unsung heroes, it will have places to sit and enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather, and it will be a place to even enhance the downtown of Fort Scott, which is, I think, on a real renaissance for this particular area.” Says Norm Conard, Exec. Dir., Lowell Milken Center For Unsung Heroes.

Ground was formally broken on “The Unsung Heroes Park” in downtown Fort Scott.

“We are starting to accumulate a lot of amenities for the community to enjoy and visitors to enjoy, and this park will be one more of those benefits and one of those amenities that will be enjoyed by passers through and locals, and it’s going to be a great addition to our community.” Says Jeremy Frazier, Fort Scott City Manager.

Conard says plans for the park have been on the drawing board for some time, the money for the project has finally come through.

“We’ll have turf in the park, sidewalks, eventually we hope to have a bandstand, that’s additional funds, but it’s quite a beautiful park, you can see from the architect’s drawing behind me, this is something really special.” Says Conard.

The cost of the project will be two hundred thousand dollars with the majority of that amount coming from a donation by the Milken Family Foundation, construction should be complete around mid August.