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Carthage Crisis Center purchases a new van

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A nonprofit has a new set of wheels to help its residents get back on their feet.

The Carthage Crisis Center recently purchased a nearly $6,000 2009 Chrysler Town & Country van.

The seven passenger van was purchased with money from a $2,500 grant from the Carthage Community Foundation.

“We had another van, but what would happen is we wouldn’t have enough vehicles to transport people. We transport them to doctors appointments, probation and parole. All kinds of other things. When people are getting back acclimated into society there’s a lot of things they need to take care of. So our biggest problem was we didn’t have enough vehicles,” said Jim Benton, Carthage Crisis Center Executive Director.

With the two vans the center can now transport 20 residents at a time and pick up food donations.

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Shipping delays are causing issues for construction in Neosho

NEOSHO, Mo. — Shipping delays are causing issues for the city of Neosho.

Last year City Council approved building a new Parks and Recreation office and work center next to its old location.

The new building was supposed to be completed last October, but shortages and shipping delays caused the city to push the project back 8 months.

The new building at Wheeler street is now up and the city is waiting on five garage doors before the building can get heat, and finish construction.

“Prices on everything went up. The price of the building itself. By the time we started doing the planning on the building to when we actually had it purchased price had gone up 20 to $25,000. There again a local construction company put the building up for us,” said Clint Dalbom, Neosho Parks Director.

Dalbom says they plan on salvaging some Carthage marble that’s in the 79-year-old building before tearing it down.

They expect to have the garage doors by the end of the month and hope to have the building completed by June.

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Warming through Tuesday; Cold front drops temperatures on Wednesday

After a cold and cloudy weekend, snow will finally have a chance to melt today and tomorrow. Temperatures will warm into the upper 40s this afternoon and the upper 50s tomorrow, with help from a southwesterly wind gust up to 25 MPH Tuesday. A cold front will pass over us in the early morning hours of Wednesday, where temperatures will promptly cool through the end of the week. This cold front will bring precipitation to our southeast, so right now, it looks like we will stay dry through this week. Temperatures will warm back into the lower 40s by the weekend.

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Arrowhead Stadium fireworks can't keep up with Chiefs explosive offense… again!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs offense showed so many fireworks on the field Sunday night, that they ran out of them for celebrating touchdowns!

“Chiefs fan, we are sorry to report but, due to your support and the Chiefs continually finding the endzone, we have run out of touchdown fireworks. Please direct all of your complaints to your nearest fans first booth,” read the message on the big board to fans at Arrowhead.

After going down 7-0 in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs went on to score 42 points, exhausting the stadium’s supply of pyrotechnics.

This is not the first time Arrowhead Stadium has been in this situation.

In Kansas City’s Super Bowl run in the 2019 season, the Chiefs came back from a 24-0 deficit at home against the Houston Texans.

The Chiefs rattled off seven consecutive touchdowns, eventually scoring 52 points causing the firework crews to run out.

After that game, the Kansas City Royals released a video on social media where Sluggerrr finds extra fireworks and shares them with KC Wolf.

The Royals re-published that video after Sunday night’s win asking, “Hey Chiefs, need us to send Sluggerrr on another fireworks run?”

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Legendary Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars and later helped to bring attention to the Black pilots who had battled racism at home to fight for freedom abroad, died Sunday. He was 102.

McGee died in his sleep at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, said his son, Ron McGee.

After the U.S. entry into World War II, McGee left the University of Illinois to join an experimental program for Black soldiers seeking to train as pilots after the Army Air Corps was forced to admit African Americans. In October 1942 he was sent to the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama for flight training, according to his biography on the website of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

“You could say that one of the things we were fighting for was equality,” he told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview. “Equality of opportunity. We knew we had the same skills, or better.”

McGee graduated from flight school in June 1943 and in early 1944 joined the all-Black 332nd Fighter Group, known as the “Red Tails.” He flew 136 missions as the group accompanied bombers over Europe.

More than 900 men trained at Tuskegee from 1940 to 1946. About 450 deployed overseas and 150 lost their lives in training or combat.

In recent years the Tuskegee Airmen have been the subject of books, movies and documentaries highlighting their courage in the air and the doubts they faced on the ground because of their race. In 2007 a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award from Congress, was issued to recognize their “unique military record that inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces.”

McGee remained in the Army Air Corps, later the U.S. Air Force, and served for 30 years. He flew low-level bombing and strafing missions during the Korean War and returned to combat again during the Vietnam War. The National Aviation Hall of Fame says his 409 aerial fighter combat missions in three wars remains a record.

He retired as a colonel in the Air Force in 1973, then earned a college degree in business administration and worked as a business executive. He was accorded an honorary commission promoting him to the one-star rank of brigadier general as he turned 100. Another event marked his centennial year: He flew a private jet between Frederick, Maryland, and Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

In 2020, McGee drew a standing ovation from members of Congress when introduced by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address.

In addition to encouraging young men and women to pursue careers in aviation, McGee was a source of information about the Tuskegee Airmen and offered a unique perspective on race relations of the era through the airmen’s nonprofit educational organization.

“At the time of the war, the idea of an all African American flight squadron was radical and offensive to many,” McGee wrote in an essay for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

“The prevailing opinion was that blacks did not possess the intelligence or courage to be military pilots. One general even wrote, ‘The Negro type has not the proper reflexes to make a first-rate fighter pilot.’ The Tuskegee Airmen certainly proved men like him wrong.”

Charles Edward McGee was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Cleveland, the son of a minister who also worked as a teacher and social worker and was a military chaplain. He graduated from high school in Chicago in 1938.

Survivors include daughters Charlene McGee Smith and Yvonne McGee, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. His wife of more than 50 years, Frances, died in 1994.

A family statement described McGee as “a living legend known for his kind-hearted and humble nature, who saw positivity at every turn.”

In tweets Sunday honoring McGee, both Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III called him an American hero.

“While I am saddened by his loss, I’m also incredibly grateful for his sacrifice, his legacy, and his character. Rest in peace, General,” Austin wrote.

In his Smithsonian essay, McGee wrote that he was often asked why the Tuskegee Airmen were so successful in combat.

“I would say it was because of our courage and perseverance,” he wrote. “We dreamed of being pilots as boys but were told it was not possible. Through faith and determination we overcame enormous obstacles. This is a lesson that all young people need to hear.”

He added: “I am most proud of my work as a Tuskegee Airman that helped bring down racial barriers and defeat the Nazis.”

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy graduate 25 new Troopers, one is from Anderson, Mo.

112TH CLASS. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 25 troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Governor Michael L. Parson provided the keynote address.

One of the 25 is from the Joplin area. Trooper Elijah LeBlanc graduated from McDonald County High School at Anderson, Mo. In 2015. He continued his education at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. where he studied criminal justice.

His mother, Ranee LeBlanc, tells Joplin News First, “His father and I are extremely proud of him.”

Trooper LeBlanc’s father, Derrick LeBlanc, is a Deputy for the McDonald Co. Sheriff’s office.

Ranee LeBlanc continues saying, “Elijah decided he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement after seeing his dad graduate from the police academy at MSSU.”

Trooper LeBlanc also spent time as a dispatcher for McDonald County Emergency 911.

His first assignment will be Troop I in the Rolla, Mo. area, Zone 2, Phelps & Maries counties. Trooper LeBlanc’s field training officer is Corporal Nicholas Summers.

TROOPER ELIJAH LeBLANC OF ANDERSON, MO.

The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 112th Recruit Class are listed below:

Troop A
Isaac L. Kimball (Columbia, MO), Zone 5, Ray & Carroll Counties
Joshua W. Eickhoff (Alma, MO), Zone 8, Lafayette County
Gregory A. Stineman (Cole Camp, MO), Zone 11, Cass County
William M. Henderson (Edwards, MO), Zone 15, Henry County

Troop C
Markus G. Burns (Greenridge, MO), Zone 7, Warren County
Lane C. Coleman (Ozark, MO), Zone 8, St. Charles County
Brandon T. Dorff (Collinsville, CT), Zone 10, Franklin County
Nathan W. Downs (Troy, MO), Zone 9, St. Charles County
Brent W. Katzing (Sedalia, MO), Zone 9, St. Charles County
Maurice Lang Jr. (Raymore, MO), Zone 2, N. St. Louis County
Patrick B. Martin (Jacksonville, IL), Zone 10, Franklin County
Tyson O. Murphy (Imperial, MO), Zone 1, N. St. Louis County
Collin J. Nichols (Troy, MO), Zone 7, Warren County
Joshua T. Parrott (Smithville, MO), Zone 8, St. Charles County

Troop D
Marissa L. Harris (Montgomery City, MO), Zone 15, Stone & Taney Counties
Christopher T. Schmidt (Rogersville, MO), Zone 4, Stone & Taney Counties
Scott J. Walden (Holt, MO), Zone 14, Barry County

Troop E
Kyle L. Hogan (Gainesville, MO), Zone 4, Bollinger/Cape Girardeau/Scott Counties
Nathaniel V. Bishop (Willow Springs, MO), Zone 9, New Madrid & Pemiscot Counties
Tyler S. Reinke (Lincoln, MO), Zone 10, Dunklin County
Richard W. Wylie (Wheaton, MO), Zone 11, Stoddard County

Troop F
Matthew M. Guinnip (Hallsville, MO), Zone 16, Camden & Miller Counties
Matthew D. Easton (Hannibal, MO), Zone 17, Camden & Miller Counties

Troop I
Nicholas I. Kucsik (Bonnots Mill, MO), Zone 3, Crawford County
Elijah D. LeBlanc (Anderson, MO), Zone 2, Phelps & Maries County


BECOME A TROOPER IN THE 115TH CLASS … The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply and is offering testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 115th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on July 5, 2022. The application deadline is February 2, 2022.

Interested persons can find out more about the qualifications and benefits by contacting a Patrol recruiter at telephone number 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online by clicking here.

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Duggar sisters privacy lawsuit settlement conference set for February

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Western District of Arkansas Federal Court announced that the parties involved in the Duggar sisters invasion of privacy lawsuit have scheduled a settlement conference meeting for February 10 at 9 a.m.

A court document states that “each party shall provide a concise, confidential settlement statement NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED CONFERENCE.”

In December, the court announced that the trial would be heard sometime during a two-week period beginning on April 18, 2022. The parties were also ordered to attend a Settlement Conference with Magistrate Judge Christy D. Comstock by no later than February 18, 2022. She will preside over the February 10 conference.

If no settlement is reached, both parties must provide pretrial disclosures and depositions to be used at trial by March 14, 2022. Any Motions in Limine must be filed on or before March 28, 2022. Responses must be filed within seven days after that.

Each side must also provide the court with a single-page document outlining their overview of the case by April 4, 2022. Final witness and exhibit lists are also due on that date.

The original lawsuit was filed on May 18, 2017, alleging a number of legal causes of action against a host of defendants. The legal claims have been narrowed down, as has the pool of defendants.

The claims, now made against remaining defendants Maj. Rick Hoyt of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Ernest Cate, Springdale city attorney and former Police Chief Kathy O’Kelley are made under Arkansas law for outrage, invasion of privacy by intrusion upon seclusion and invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts, according to a court filing.

The first trial date in December, 2021, was postponed because it conflicted with the child pornography trial of the sisters’ brother, Joshua Duggar. He was found guilty on two counts and is facing up to 20 years in prison and $250K in fines for each count.

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Harris invokes MLK in voting rights push, urges Senate to 'do its job'

(The Hill) – Vice President Harris marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a speech in which she urged lawmakers to honor the civil rights giant’s legacy by passing voting rights legislation.

Harris, addressing Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church remotely from Washington, argued that Americans’ freedom to vote is “under assault” by GOP laws in Georgia and other states that she said could make it harder for 55 million Americans to vote.

The vice president accused supporters of those laws of seeking to “interfere” with U.S. elections “to get the outcomes they want” and urged the Senate to “do its job” by passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which is currently stalled in the upper chamber.

“We know the threat we face. We know that this assault on our freedom to vote will be felt by every American in every community in every political party. We know that, if we stand idly by, our entire nation will pay the price for generations to come,” Harris said in prepared remarks delivered from the White House.

“Today, we must not be complacent or complicit; we must not give up; and we must not give in. To truly honor the legacy of the man we celebrate today, we must continue to fight for the freedom to vote, for freedom for all,” she continued.

Harris’s remarks Monday capped a weeklong, forceful push by the Biden administration for passage of legislation named after the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis as well as an election reform bill known as the Freedom to Vote Act.

Last week, President Biden and Harris traveled to Atlanta to speak about voting rights. In a fiery speech, Biden pushed the Senate to weaken the legislative filibuster — the 60-vote threshold for advancing most legislation — in order for the bills to pass amid GOP opposition.

However, the president has not been successful in moving Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), two moderates who oppose changing the filibuster.  

Still, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is expected to tee up a vote to end debate on a bill that merges both pieces of voting rights legislation when the Senate returns on Tuesday.

Following her remarks, Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are expected to take part in a service event at Martha’s Table, a local nonprofit in D.C.

The White House public schedule was otherwise largely empty on the federal holiday. Biden, who spent the long weekend at his home in Delaware, recorded a video statement that the White House distributed on Monday. Biden and first lady Jill Biden packed food boxes at a food bank in Philadelphia on Sunday as part of a day of service for the holiday.

During her speech on Monday, which lasted about five minutes, Harris described King as a “prophet” who pushed for change in the United States despite threats on his own life and against his family.

“He was a prophet in that he saw the present exactly how it was and the future as how it could be, and he pushed our nation toward that future,” Harris said.

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Actor from the hit show "Ozark" chats with KOLR10 about Final Season

SPRINGFIELD — Kevin L. Johnson, who plays “Sam Dermody” in the Netflix series chatted with the KOLR10 Daybreak team ahead of the final season premiering this week.

“Ozark” has gripped viewers since its debut back in 2017. Most are hooked on the storyline full a twists and turns, but it’s a bit of a different perspective for viewers from the actual Ozarks.
Watching for little references here about things from Branson to Osage Beach are extra nuggets that viewers in Southwest Missouri take a little closer to heart than the average viewer.

Kevin L. Johnson joined KOLR10’s morning show, Daybreak, to let viewers know what they could be in store for in the show’s final season.

“No one is safe, just like all the other seasons,” says Johnson, who plays Realtor Sam Dermody in the show. Sam is known to do favors and look after certain parts of the business for the Byrde’s. 
The question the Daybreak team wanted to know the answer to: Has Johnson ever been to the Ozarks for real? He says he never has, but he says one of the show’s creators is quite familiar with the Lake of the Ozarks area.

“Our creator, Bill Dubuque, grew up in St. Louis and that’s how he came up with the idea for the show. He would go and work when he was a teenager at the Lake of the Ozarks,” Johnson says.

Season 4, the show’s final season, premieres Friday, January 21 on Netflix.

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Turbo Tax opts out of IRS's Free File program

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)-Intuit, the company that owns Turbo Tax, said that it would no longer be participating in the IRS’s Free File program in July. For years the company offered free e-file services and was featured on the IRS website.

Turbo Tax does have a free file option on its website, even though they are not participating in the IRS’s program. There are limitations on who can use their free service and people who have used Turbo Tax’s free file service in the past may find themselves unable to this year.

“This decision will allow us to focus on further innovating in ways not allowable under the current Free File guidelines and to better serve the complete financial health of all Americans through all of our products and services, in tax preparation and beyond,” Intuit said.

Turbo Tax’s free service is only available to people who are filing a simple tax return. There are two options, one allows customers access to an expert to get questions answered, the filing deadline for this service is March 31. The other option (full service) puts customers in touch with a professional who will prepare their taxes, the filing deadline for that service is February 15.

Who can use Turbo Tax’s free services?

Turbo Tax said a simple tax return uses form 1040 and covers:

  • W-2 income
  • Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
  • Claiming the standard deduction
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)
  • Child tax credits
  • Student loan Interest deductions

Who can’t use their free service?

Customers who have:

  • Itemized deductions (like mortgage or property deductions)
  • Unemployment income reported on a 1099-G
  • Business or 1099-NEC income
  • Stock sales
  • Income from rental property
  • Credits, deductions and income reported on schedules 1-3
  • Charitable donations
  • Education expenses

“We are obsessed with helping millions of Americans looking to take charge of their finances so they can prosper. Intuit’s AI-driven expert platform makes it simple for consumers to make better financial decisions, helping them not only receive their maximum refund but empowering them by putting control in their hands so they can make smart money decisions and realize their financial dreams,” the company said.