5th annual Guns & Hoses tournament raises scholarship funds in names of fallen officers

JOPLIN, Mo.–After the Run 4 heroes, the Joplin Police Department and Joplin Fire Department squared up in a basketball match to benefit Joplin’s children. All proceeds from the Guns & Hoses match went towards Bright Futures Joplin.

This year, all proceeds will be split with a scholarship that honors Corporal Ben Cooper and Officer Jake Reed.

Two Joplin High School Students who plan to study criminal justice at Missouri Southern State University will be eligible. 

“It’ll be a $1,000 scholarship each year. So we’re hoping to raise enough money that we can keep it going for several years. And so all the proceeds from all the activities tonight, we have t-shirt sales, there’s a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, half-court shot chances, all the proceeds from tonight will go towards splitting it between Bright Futures and those scholarships,” said Sarah Coyne, Coordinator for Bright Futures Joplin.

There were also two mayoral proclamations,  July 26th will be Corporal Ben Cooper day in the city of Joplin, and March 9th will be Officer Jake Reed Day in the city of Joplin.

13-Year-Old Florida boy runs for fallen Joplin officers

JOPLIN, Mo.–At only thirteen years old, Zechariah Cartledge is already making a difference in the world. One mile, at a time.

“I started running a mile whenever a police officer or a firefighter passes away across the United States. I’ve been doing that ever since the start 2019. And over time,  we’ve raised more money and became a nonprofit, we also give monthly $10,000 checks to injured first responders.”

The Winter Springs resident runs for our first responder heroes, who have fallen or were injured in the line of duty, and was invited to Joplin’s Guns and Hoses event. 

Before the event started, he ran one mile in honor of every fallen first responder in the Joplin area.

Cartledge says was inspired to do this at a young age.

“I went to this specific 5k called the “tunnel to towers 5k.” They do 5k’s all across the nation for 9/11 first responders. I was inspired enough by that run to raise money for them. And during the 2018 year when I was about nine years old I raised at the end of 2018, $100,000 thousand dollars for tunnels to towers…knowing that we had all these donations in and knowing that I already raised so much for this one organization, I wanted to branch off and start my own organization.”

This is how “Running 4 Heroes”, was formed. Now, the non-profit honors fallen heroes while Cartledge runs, carrying a flag in their honor.

The thirteen-year-old balances his life as a kid, as a good student, and as a runner for heroes every month.

“So on a weekday, usually I wake up, I do school like a normal kid, and then I have about 2 hours in between once I get home. Usually, I do notes for the families I run for, and then that evening, around six or seven p.m., I go out and do 1 to 3 miles in honor of first responders, if there’s not a need to run then don’t have to run. and then obviously on the weekends, two out of four times on average every single month. And on the weekends, I will fly out and go to an amazing event like this.” 

Once, he turns eighteen, Cartledge will legally become the founder of “Running 4 heroes”, and plans to pass on the responsibility of running to another eager young kid.

If anyone would like to donate, you can go to Running4heroes.org

Young homers, Lions walk it off in extras to sweep Newman

WATCH: Missouri Southern wins game one 2-1. Tori Frazier hits a two-run double in the fifth to take the lead. That proves to score the game winning run as well. Bailey Lacy gets the win in the circle, while surpassing 200 career strikeouts.

In game two, the Lions walk it off 4-3 on a passed ball in the 12th inning. Adrianna Young hits an inside the park home run.

Southern can’t complete the comeback against Western on senior day

Missouri Southern falls to Missouri Western 11-9 on Saturday. Matt Miller hits a three run home run and drives in five. Treghan Parker also homers and Drew Davis goes 3-5.

The Lions are back in action for the series finale and their final game of the regular season tomorrow at 1pm.

Second time this week, Kansas Highway Patrol cruiser struck

SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. — This is the 2nd Trooper that has been struck on the side of a Kansas highway in less than a week.

Master Trooper White had just finished assisting a motorist that had stopped on the shoulder on the Kansas Turnpike just south of Topeka. His vehicle was struck by a commercial motor vehicle that failed to move over for him and he was initially trapped inside his vehicle.” — KHP

The officer was transported to the hospital but officials state the officer will be okay. He was able to go home with family Saturday evening.

EARLIER THIS WEEK 👉🏽 Commercial Vehicle Inspection, Kansas Patrol Trooper slammed on interstate 

“Only 3 feet separates us from traffic,” KHP state in a media release, “keeping first responders safe is the 1st line of keeping our highways safe.”

Carthage Water & Electric hosts its Annual Tower 2 Tower event

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage Water & Electric Plant today hosts its Annual Tower 2 Tower run on April, 30th.

CWEP began hosting the annual event in honor of Drinking Water Week and all proceeds go towards Water for People.

The race began at the South CWEP water tower on George E. Phelps Rd. From there, racers made their way past the historic Main Street Water Tower and wrapped back around to the south tower to finish the race.

For more information, click here.


Running 4 Heroes, Memorial Run Raising Funds for Fallen Joplin Officers

JOPLIN, Mo. — Saturday evening the Joplin Police and Joplin Fire competed in a fundraising basketball match, 5th Annual Guns vs Hoses.

Beforehand ‘Running 4 Heroes’ organization was in Joplin to conduct a memorial run to honor recently fallen Joplin Police Officers.

“Zechariah is an amazing young man and he runs 1 mile for each first responder that falls in the line of duty,” Joplin Police state.  The run began about 4:30 p.m.

Zechariah Cartledge was born with the gift of running.  He was raised with an appreciation for First Responders and all they do for the community.  As he grew older, Zechariah decided to help the families of our fallen First Responders in a meaningful way.  Encouraged by the mission and vision of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Zechariah began his journey raising funds for those families by running.

“In 2019, Running 4 Heroes officially became a non-profit 501(c)(3).  Zechariah runs one mile for every First Responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  He wants to honor those who gave up their life so we may live in a better world,” states Running 4 Heroes on their website.

Joplin Police and Joplin Fire welcomed Running 4 Heroes, including Ofc Rick Hirshey who was injured in a March 8, 2022, shooting with a now-deceased subject.

‘Running 4 Heroes’ entourage landed in Springfield they met with Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Colten Beck, who was shot in the face by a fleeing suspect in Greene County. Troop D shares a photo of Zechariah presenting a check.  MSHP state, “Tpr. Beck recently returned to full duty and we’re glad he’s back!”

‘Running 4 Heroes’ Zechariah and his father spent time with everyone at the Guns and Hoses event at Joplin High School.

Joplin Police state, “We appreciate all the public support.”



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Weather causes crash; 3 Oklahoma University students pronounced dead

KAY COUNTY, Okla. – Oklahoma Highway Patrol says three men died in a crash after a semi-truck struck their vehicle on I-35.

According to Oklahoma University, the victims were all enrolled in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences program at OU.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the crash occurred around 11:30 pm on April 29th.

Deputies say the students were traveling southbound on I-35 in a Volkswagen Tiguan when the vehicle began hydroplaning.

The Volkswagon then exited the road briefly before swinging back into the lane, blocking the outside roadway. Officers say the students’ vehicle became disabled at this time.

Soon after, a semi-truck traveling southbound struck the Volkswagon, pinning the three occupants inside for nearly six hours.

Officers pronounced Gavin A. Short, 19, Drake H. Brooks, 22, and  Nicholas K. Nair, 22 dead at the scene of the crash.

Police say the driver of the semi-truck was treated and released by the Blackwell Regional Hospital.

This is a developing story.

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Today in History (Apr. 30)

Today is Saturday, April 30, the 120th day of 2022. This is today in history.

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World news

  • In 1945, as Soviet troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler took his own life along with that of his wife of one day, Eva Braun.
  • In 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.
  • In 2004, Arabs expressed outrage at graphic photographs of naked Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by U.S. military police; President George W. Bush condemned the mistreatment of prisoners, saying “that’s not the way we do things in America.”


  • In 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first president of the United States.
  • In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.
  • In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a resolution officially confirming the name of Hoover Dam, which had also come to be known as “Boulder Dam.”


  • In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres’ character came out as a lesbian on the sitcom “Ellen.”
  • In 1999, Marilyn Manson canceled his concert near Denver in the wake of the shootings at Columbine High School.
  • In 2019, actor Peter Mayhew died at his home in North Texas at the age of 74. A cause of death was not given. Mayhew is best known for playing Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films.


Singer Willie Nelson is 89. Actor Burt Young is 82. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is 76. Movie director Allan Arkush is 74. Actor Perry King is 74. Singer-musician Wayne Kramer is 74. Singer Merrill Osmond is 69. Movie director Jane Campion is 68. Movie director Lars von Trier is 66. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 63. Actor Paul Gross is 63. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 61. Actor Adrian Pasdar is 57. Rock singer J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) is 55. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 55. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 53. R&B singer Chris “Choc” Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 51. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 51. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 51. Actor Lisa Dean Ryan is 50. R&B singer Akon is 49. R&B singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 49. Actor Johnny Galecki is 47. Actor Sam Heughan is 42. Actor Kunal Nayyar is 41. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 40. Actor Kirsten Dunst is 40. Actor Dianna Agron is 36. Country singer Brandon Lancaster is 33. Rapper/producer Travis Scott is 31.

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