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The city of Pittsburg is looking for volunteers to help with study

PITTSBURG, Ks. — The city of Pittsburg is looking for volunteers.

The city has begun its lead and copper sampling program.

The study is done once every three year and its required by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

To complete the program the city is required to collect water samples from 30 residences, but the city would like to collect 100 different residences to build a database for future reference.

“We’re asking for volunteers from the public to sign up to help us collect those samples. Our staff will prepare the sampling kit for them and we just need them to take the sample from their faucet and prepare it and our staff will come back and pick it up so that KDHE can keep track and monitor our water system,” says Matt Bacon, Pittsburg Director of Public Works and Utilities.

Bacon says the city has not had a problem with lead and copper concentration in the past, but still asks residents to take part in the program, including those who live the older parts of town.

Applications can be found using this link.

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Law enforcement remembers those who lost lives in the line of duty

GALENA, Ks. — People are taking the time to remember the members of law enforcement who have lost their lives over the past year.

May 15th is Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

Today places like Galena flew flags at half-staff, while members of various departments wear black bands over their badges to remember those who lost their life.

“We always say never forget and what that means to me is that we go back to the beginning of the formation of our particular agency and we recognize, we take time to remember all those men who died in the line of duty while serving our community,” says David Groves, Cherokee County Sheriff.

According to Groves, there have been 105 members of law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty this year.

In Kansas this includes Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft and Iola Police Officer David Ingle.

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Cottey College celebrates 135th commencement

NEVADA, Mo. — Families, teachers and students were celebrating the conclusion of several academic journeys.

This morning Cottey College celebrated its 135th commencement.

A total of 20 associate degrees and 33 bachelor degrees were awarded, representing a total of 15 different states and 10 countries including France, Kenya and Nepal.

While today marked the end for students, this will also be the final commencement for the current president of Cottey College before she retires.

“Having everybody here supporting you and feeling all the love from everybody, it got me so emotional,” says Maggie Overbeck, Cottey College Graduate, “I wasn’t expecting it to be as emotional as it was.”

“And these are the types of things that make Cottey College so special and so personal,” says Dr. Jann Weitzel, Cottey College President, “Today was a little bitter sweet, it was wonderful to have this commencement ceremony, to be here with the students that I have seen come in as students and then graduate, and at the same time I’m looking forward to putting my feet up and reading a good book.”

President Dr. Weitzel has been a part of Cottey College for seven years and will be retiring at the end of June.

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Mineral collectors make their way to Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Collectors and vendors alike made their way to Joplin this weekend to show off their best rocks.

Sunday wrapped up the 15th Annual Spring Rock Show at the Joplin History and Mineral Museum.

Thanks to the Tri-State Gem and Mineral Society, vendors and collectors had the chance to show off their collections, and new fans got a deeper understanding of these minerals.

The show has even brought back collectors from out of town.

Marv Dahmen used to be an art teacher in carl junction but now lives in Wichita.

He does make the trek back to Joplin for events like the show this weekend.

“I know all the people at this show, many of the people are customers of mine from years past, so it’s kind of like old home week for me,” says Dahmen.

The Tri-State Gem and Mineral Sociey will be holding a fall rock and gem show in September.

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Carthage is celebrating the longest-serving educator

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Hundreds came out this afternoon to celebrate Principal Laurel Rosenthal who impacted thousands in Carthage.

Today the district held Principal Rosenthal’s retirement party at Carthage High School.

During her 55 year career at Mark Twain Elementary she served as a teacher and principal and is the longest serving district employee.

Principal Rosenthal’s family revealed they are giving back to the district by starting the “Carthage Tiger Pride Kindness Project.”

The project is a grant program for K-6 grade teachers and is created in honor of Principal Rosenthal and her long time friend Helen-Louise (Hough) Elliff.

“It will go along with whatever pillar we have selected for the year. Kindness, patriotism, respect and we have a group of comunity members that will judge their projects they would like to do,” said Lee Elliff Pound, Helen-Louise (Hough) Elliff’s daughter.

“Mrs. Rosenthal has just given us life over the years. Patriotism, respect I think anybody you talk to could almost describe her like that over and over again,” said Dr. Mark Baker, Superintendent.

“So many people were here. It just warms my heart. Like I said all these wonderful honors I’ve gotten are not for me. It’s for the school for the staff for the teachers for the parents of Mark Twain. They have helped me along so much and I’m so thankful for them,” said Laurel Rosenthal, Retiring Mark Twain Elementary Principal.

During the retirement ceremony the district played a video for Principal Rosenthal from former students and staff about how she helped them.

Principal Rosenthal is retiring in June and plans on traveling and spending more time with friends.

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JPD mourning the death of a retired K-9 Officer

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Police Department is mourning the death of one of its retired K-9 Officers.

11-year-old Pax passed away this morning.

During his time working with the police department Pax apprehended 40 suspects and searched more than 500 vehicles.

He helped get more than 1,600 grams of meth, 1,400 grams of marijuana.. heroin and cocaine off the streets.

Pax retired last January and was living at home with his former handler Officer Bobby Brown.

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Republican Congressional Candidate announces campaign

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Missouri mother of five is announcing she’s running for the 32nd Senatorial District against incumbent Bill White.

Tonight Jill Carter made her campaign announcement at the Joplin Greenhouse and the Coffee Shop.

Carter says she was inspired to run for office after seeing what’s been going on in Jefferson City the past ten years.

“What we hope to accomplish and change is basically having people feel like they are represented. They have the better voice. Right now what happens is we call our legislator if we have a concern. What really needs to be happening is the people need to be represented. They’re the wheelhouse they’re the experts in their everyday life’s what they do. So our farmers need consulted on AG bills and our teachers need consulted on education reform and it needs to happen locally,” said Jill Carter, running for State Senate.

If elected she is hoping to focus on education.

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Spring-like Monday; Rain chances return tomorrow

After yesterday’s storms, we’re a touch cooler for your Monday. Today will consist of sunny skies, calm winds, low humidity and highs in the 70s. The chance for scattered showers and storms returns Tuesday morning, as we warm back into the 80s for the week. We should be mostly dry through the rest of Tuesday until the overnight hours into early Wednesday morning. The rest of Wednesday and Thursday are trending drier, and that will likely last into early Friday, as well.

Uncertainty lies in Friday and the weekend forecast. Right now, it looks likely that a strong cold front will pass over the Four States, bringing storm chances and below average temperatures to the area. The question is when that will happen. At the moment, it looks most likely that the storms will occur Friday night into early Saturday morning, but that could change, so stay updated with the latest forecasts. Temperatures will likely drop into the upper 60s and lower 70s behind this system.

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Chiefs open as underdogs vs Bills, Bucs, Chargers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Along with the rest of the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs’ schedule was released on Thursday, setting the stage for their journey to the playoffs.

According to DraftKings, the Chiefs open as favorites in 12 games, but are underdogs in two road games and one home game.

DraftKings Game Lines

  • Week 1 at Cardinals -3 O/U 53
  • Week 2 vs Chargers -3 O/U 52.5
  • Week 3 at Colts -2.5
  • Week 4 at Bucs +2.5
  • Week 5 vs Raiders -4.5
  • Week 6 vs Bills +1.5
  • Week 7 at 49ers -1
  • Week 9 vs Titans -5
  • Week 10 vs Jaguars -10
  • Week 11 at Chargers +1.5
  • Week 12 vs Rams -2.5
  • Week 13 at Bengals PK
  • Week 14 at Broncos PK
  • Week 15 at Texans -10
  • Week 16 vs Seahawks -10.5
  • Week 17 vs Broncos -4.5
  • Week 18 at Raiders -2

In what may be one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, the Buffalo Bills travel to Arrowhead Stadium as 1.5-point favorites over Kansas City.

The teams met twice in 2021, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs.

In the regular season matchup, the Bills walked out of the stadium with a dominating 38-20 victory. In the AFC Divisional Round, Kansas City got the win in an intense 42-36 overtime game.

The Chiefs are 2.5-point underdogs when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Super Bowl LV rematch between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.

In their second meeting with the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, they open at 1.5-point underdogs.

In back-to-back road games against the Cincinnati Bengals and their first meeting against the Denver Broncos, the games are listed as pick ’ems, meaning odds-makers see the game as a 50/50 shot for either team to win.

The Chiefs are favorites in four divisional games and by 2.5-points when they host Super Bowl LVI champions, the Los Angeles Rams.

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Robert Bucklin Sr.

Robert E. “Bob” Bucklin Sr., age 80, Joplin, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at the Communities of Wildwood.

Bob was born February 27, 1942 in Greenbriar, West Virginia, son of the late Helen G. Rankin.  He grew up in West Virginia, and moved to Joplin in the late 1950’s.  He owned and operated Bucklin’s Furniture located at 1608 S. Main St. in Joplin for over 40 years.  He worked as the Project Manager for several chain restaurants doing new construction for their restaurants in several locations.  He constructed for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Rib Crib among others, and also help construct several highways throughout the United States. Early in his adult life he was a Police Officer with the Joplin Police Department.

He loved being outdoors hunting or fishing, and spending time with his family.  He was also a member of the 12th Street Church of Christ.  He loved being with family, especially his grandchildren telling stories of the past.  He will be greatly missed by many.

In addition to his mother, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Esta Lee Bucklin on July 19, 2018, and two sons, Robert, Jr. and Matthew.

Survivors include his children, Scott Bucklin of Osage Beach, Missouri, Shelly Tridle and husband Mike of Frontenac, Kansas, and Kim See and husband Scott of Carl Junction, Missouri; grandchildren, Alexis Rowe (Ty), Laken Robinson, Avery Hipfl, Bradlee See (Amber), Nathan See, Lacey Bucklin, Branden Bucklin, Caitlyn Brown, and Tyler Brown; three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Saturday, 12:00 noon at Parker Mortuary Chapel with Darryl Reynolds officiating.  Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Stella, Missouri.

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

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the 12th Street Church of Christ care of Parker Mortuary.