Missouri Trout Season opens, marking the unofficial beginning of spring

NEOSHO, Mo. — Tuesday, March 1, is the opening of Missouri trout ‘catch-and-keep’ season.

“Opening Day tags are available now! Get a head start on the Opening Day festivities by getting you tag early. Be prepared by purchasing your Missouri Fishing License online before you get to the park.” – Roaring River State Park

The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) operates trout hatcheries at all four parks and stocks rainbow trout daily throughout the season.

👉🏽 HICKORY CREEK AT NEOSHO: If you want to fish closer to home, just downstream from the historic Neosho Fish Hatchery is Morse Park. They will be stocking Hickory Creek with rainbow trout for the opener on Tuesday at Morse Park.  Fishing begins at 6:30 a.m. and one must have the appropriate Fishing License and Trout tag to fish.

The area of Morse Park is a related conservation area along Hickory Creek through an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the city of Neosho. The area is owned and maintained by the City of Neosho.

Trout anglers need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri’s trout parks.

👉🏽 For more information on the four trout parks from MDC online.

👉🏽 MDC encourages trout anglers to buy their fishing permits ahead of time from numerous vendors around the state.

You can also download MDC’s free mobile apps, MO Hunting and MO Fishing, available for download through


Goodman, Mo. Police spot wanted man, he then fled on foot

GOODMAN, Mo. — Goodman Police Department release information regarding a man wanted on multiple warrants who fled on foot after being spotted by an officer.

About 7:35 p.m. Monday evening:

Ofc Graue was conducting routine patrol when he observed an islander male walking on Main St. As Officer Graue approached, he recognized the male to be Daniel Igisomar, and knew this male to have warrants out of Goodman and McDonald County.” — GPD release of information

Before Ofc Graue could make contact. Igisomar took off running southbound to Splitlog Rd. and could not be located.

  • Daniel Igisomar is described:
  • Islander male
  • medium complexion
  • long black hair
  • 5’05”
  • 190 pounds

GPD request if anyone has information regarding Igisomar’s whereabouts to please contact the Goodman Police Department 417-364-8479.

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Joplin wins district quarterfinal matchup against Republic

WATCH: Joplin beats Republic 63-53 to advance to the district semifinal. All Wright and Terrance Gibson both drop 18. Always Wright adds 13. Joplin will face the number one seed, Nixa, in the semifinal round. That game is set for Wednesday at 6pm at Joplin High School.

Missouri Southern wins pair of games against Northern State

WATCH: Missouri Southern shuts out Northern State in game one 8-0. Sidnie Hurst drives in three and Leighton Withers adds two more RBI. Kara Amos goes 2-4 with an RBI and a run. She also pitches six scoreless innings with five strikeouts.

In game two, Southern completes the sweep. The Lions come from behind to win 5-3. Josie Tofpi goes 2-4 with two RBI and a run. Yazmin Vargas and Ashlynn Williams get two hits each.

One person dead after Tesla hit by two vehicles in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Independence Police Department is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla on Interstate 70 Sunday night.

According to police, the Tesla broke down in the westbound center lane of the interstate, west of Little Blue Parkway, when it was struck by two other vehicles.

The driver of the Tesla was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger was taken to the hospital. The driver was identified as 74-year-old Terry Siegel.

Independence police said a mechanical issue caused the vehicle to lose power and stop.

The drivers and passengers of the other two vehicles were not injured. Police say everyone appears to have been wearing a seatbelt.

The crash continues to be under investigation.

Tabor College students killed in crash

HILLSBORO, Kan. (KSNW) – Tabor College said two students were killed in a crash Sunday morning.

The college identified the two students as Christopher Castillo of Tustin, California, and Johnethon Aviles of Paso Robles, California.

Both were involved in a single-car crash near Indigo Road and 130th on Sunday morning, Feb. 27.

A third passenger, Jonathan Medina, was transported to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita for injuries sustained in the accident.

“The Tabor College community is devastated by the tragic loss of Christopher Castillo, Johnethon Aviles, and of the significant injuries sustained by Jonathan Medina,” President David Janzen said. “We extend our prayers to the Castillo, Aviles and Medina families, asking for comfort, peace and God’s presence during this unimaginable time.”

BP seeks to appeal Mulberry's lawsuit over gas price hike

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The energy company BP says in new court documents that it wants to appeal a judge’s ruling allowing residents of Mulberry to sue over sharp hikes in natural gas prices last February.

The Wichita Eagle reports BP filed two court documents in the last week that indicate it wants the lawsuit dismissed.

One seeks permission to appeal Chief District Judge Lori A. Bolton Fleming’s decision on Feb. 8 to let the lawsuit proceed. The second document outlines BP’s belief that it cannot be sued by residents of the town.

Mulberry sued after natural gas prices soared more than 100% during several days of a winter freeze in February 2021.

US Rep. Markwayne Mullin to run for open US Senate seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma GOP U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat that is coming open after Sen. Jim Inhofe’s surprise announcement that he’s retiring before his term is up.

Mullin said in a video message Saturday that he planned to enter the race, as expected political shake-ups begin. Mullin is a plumbing company owner and citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

He’s currently serving his fifth term representing Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm also announced Monday that he’s running for Inhofe’s seat.

Inhofe on Friday announced his endorsement of his chief of staff, Luke Holland, who is also running for the seat.

Crowder College increases student costs

NEOSHO, Mo. — It will cost more to live and eat on the campus of an area college during the next school year.

The Crowder College Board of Trustees approved a 6% increase in the cost for single and double occupancy rooms in Roughrider Village and the Brown Housing Complex.

The meal plan for students at Brown will also go up by the same percentage. Campus Life Director Mark Aubuchon says the action was in response to a couple of different factors.

“One mainly being the increased cost of food and electricity and all the things most Americans see on a daily basis, and we’ve decided to raise rates 6% which is higher than it usually is but we do look at other schools and other universities and we try to compare and contrast our rates to theirs, so we try to keep ours as affordable as possible.” said Aubuchon.

There could also be a tuition hike this Fall to go along with the other increases.

It calls for a 2% increase for students in-district, and a 4% hike for those living outside the district as well as international students.

The board will vote on that proposal during next month’s Board of Trustees meeting.