Local non-profit helps give children new shoes and socks before school year

JOPLIN, Mo. — The memory of a loved one is helping make sure every child is taken care of.

Shoe Carnival opened up its doors nice and early Sunday morning in Joplin for 14 children at Children’s Haven.

Each child was able to roam the aisles to each find a new pair of shoes and socks to take home for the new school year.

This was made possible by the Glenna Ledford Memorial Foundation, and it’s the second year the non-profit has done this.

It was started in honor of Ledford who passed away in 2020.

Family says she would constantly serve as a silent provider, making sure children in the community had the help they needed.

“We can use all the help we can possibly get from the community for the kids, we take approximately 500 kids a year,” says Kristin Devore, Children’s Haven Program Coordinator, “So just knowing these kids get that shopping experience today and get to go buy a new pair of shoes is awesome.”

“She always made sure that everybody had everything,” says Clay Connett, Member of the Glenna Ledford Memorial Foundation and Ledford’s son, “I remember several times back when I was going to school where a friend that I knew wouldn’t have enough money for lunch at school, and she’d slide me an extra 20 to give to them to put on their account. It almost brings a tear to my eye to know that my mother’s name lives on and to know that it’s still out there doing good things.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to either Children’s Haven or the Glenna Ledford Memorial Foundation can do so online.


Christian Church finds new home in North Heights

JOPLIN, Mo. — A local ministry has found a new home in Joplin.

Christian Church of North Heights held its grand opening Sunday.

It’s an extension of the Christian Church of Carl Junction, which had been seeing its congregation grow.

They were looking for what the next step would be when Neighborhood Life House then reached out to them.

The non-profit wanted to bring a church to the neighborhood after the previous one had stopped operations almost 15 years ago.

Eric Wasson, Christian Church of North Heights Campus Pastor, said, “Neighborhood Life House and their board were wanting to have a church open in their area because they had several families who were like ‘Man, we would love to have a church that’s within walking distance because of most families only have one car and so it makes it hard for them to go anywhere other than walking distance at times and so during that time we happened to have someone who was involved both over here and at our church and we got connected and here we are.”

Service happens every week at 10:30 in the morning on Sundays.

More information about Christian Church of North Heights can be found through this link.


SEK celebrates 76th Annual Arma Homecoming

ARMA, Ks. — Southeast Kansas was highlighting a major piece of history this weekend.

Sunday wrapped up the 76th Annual Arma Homecoming.

The tradition began back in 1947 celebrating VJ day, or Victory Over Japan day, and the safe return of World War II veterans like the 15 from Arma.

The celebration continued to grow over the years, even partnering with American Legion Post 182 to eventually create the three-day event the city sees today.

“I can remember coming here when I was a little kid, I think we moved here in 1972 and that’s the first time I went to an Arma Homecoming,” says Jay Russell, American Legion Post 182 Commander, “As with most people in this community, this is an annual tradition to come back, see family members and see friends that they grew up with, but also celebrate and remember those people who actually created this day.”

The celebration ended with a co-ed bocce tournament, junior bathing beauty contest and a carnival.


Former MSSU Lion and NFL player Allen Barbre joins East Newton coaching staff

EAST NEWTON, Mo. – There’s an exciting new addition to East Newton’s coaching staff. Former NFL player Allen Barbre is returning to his alma mater to help lead the Patriots this season.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to see if I could help the program and give back to the kids,” Barbre says. “Maybe we can build back some tradition and start working in the right direction.”

Barbre played at Missouri Southern from 20030-2006, before getting drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He spent 10 years playing in the NFL.

Barbre never thought he had a future as a coach, but he says that he realized he has more to give.

“I’ve coached my little boys for a few years and I think the passion has grown from there,” Barbre says. “After being away from the game for a little while, it’s nice to now step back in and be a part of it again. Football has given me a great life and given me opportunity and now it’s time to give back.”

So, Barbre is passing down his wisdom as the offensive line coach at East Newton.

“I see a lot of myself in a lot of these kids,” Barbre says. “I want to teach these kids that hard work out here can carry on into your future. The work ethic that you develop can carry on for the rest of your life. It’s important to teach them to be accountable, teach them to be on time and show up. There’s so many life lessons you can learn here.”

And Barbre has learned a few things himself, now in a coaching role.

“It’s learning to communicate,” Barbre says. “You need to learn how to get it out of my mind and get it to where these kids can understand it.”

East Newton is a very young group this year, but Barbre is confident the Patriots are on the right track.

“We have a small senior class,” Barbre says. “We have a lot of young guys. We just have to continue to build. Everyday we have to come out here and work hard. I think we have the guys to do it.”


Fire Chief announces burn ban in Sarcoxie

SARCOXIE, Mo. – The City of Sarcoxie Fire Department today announced a burn ban for the city until August 19.

Fire Chief Carnes says the ban is due to drought conditions and an increase in fire-related instances.

Click here to learn more.

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Woman awaiting trial for Murder in Missouri, has now gone missing in Arkansas

#UPDATE: McDonald Co. Sheriff Rob Evenson tells KOAM’s Shannon Becker, Dawn Rene Wynn’s Bond is now revoked. Warrant for her arrest issued. All LEO agencies are alerted through the FBI’s NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

Sunday night in a public statement Sheriff Evenson states, “Exercise caution and do not approach!”

Due to a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling, over objections from the prosecuting attorney, Wynn was out on bond and on pre-trial release where she had to check in by telephone. She is accused of murder and armed criminal action stemming from the shooting of her husband. She should be considered dangerous and could be armed. She is accused of shooting her husband in the back of the head while he slept.” — Sheriff Evenson

McDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — A woman charged with the Murder of her husband in Missouri was out on bond awaiting trial in Missouri. She has now disappeared from Pea Ridge, Ark.

Part of her bond conditions required her to stay at her mother’s residence in Pea Ridge, Ark.

The Benton County Arkansas Sheriff’s office state Sunday, “Dawn was last seen in the area of Jennifer Lane in Pea Ridge Arkansas. She is believed to be headed to NE Oklahoma but has ties in SW Missouri.

Sources tell us some of those Missouri ties are in Joplin.

| RELATED 2022 >> Trial set for McDonald County woman who allegedly shot her husband in the head


Dawn Rene Wynn is charged with Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the death of her husband, Harold Lee Wynn. The trial was scheduled for June 2022 however there was a change of judge. The next scheduled court hearing is July 21.

| RELATED 2021 >> Wife charged with murder in McDonald County

Harold Wynn was found shot to death in their 5th wheel camper west of Anderson, Mo. on November 16, 2021. Dawn was arrested and charged that day.

McDonald County, Mo. Sheriff Rob Evenson confirmed with KOAM’s Shannon Becker Sunday afternoon that Dawn Wynn had left a note, and disappeared from her mother’s residence in Pea Ridge, Ark.

Law Enforcement are actively seeking her whereabouts.

Dawn Rene Wynn
Age: 49
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 150-170lbs
Hair: Short and Black

If you have information or know the whereabouts of Dawn Rene Wynn contact: McDonald County Sheriff’s office in Missouri 417-223-4319 or Benton County Sheriff’s office in Arkansas 479-273-5532.

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3 teens killed in crash near Stockton, Mo., MCIU investigate tragedy

CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol release preliminary information regarding a crash where three teens died east of Jerico Springs, Mo. on Thursday, August 4.

The single vehicle crash involved a 2006 Toyota Scion with five male teens, traveling westbound on State Hwy B.

The driver, Clay Palmer, 19, of Cleveland, Mo. died at the scene.

Two passengers were also killed including, Ryan Chick, 18, of Cabool, Mo. and Logan Meerkatz, 18, of Cleveland, Mo.

Two passengers survived including, Bradley Kidwell, 18, of Cabool, he suffered serious injuries. And Taylor Ranney, 18, of Mountain Grove, Mo. suffered moderate injuries.

[Toyota] topped a hill, became airborne, travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. All three deceased were ejected and all three pronounced at the scene shortly after impact.” — Tpr M. Obert of Troop D

The crashed vehicle was removed by Mike’s Wrecker of Stockton, Mo.

The crash is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Investigation Unit.


The Troop D MCIU was summoned to process the crash. Each MCIU officer is, “trained in the human, mechanical and environmental factors of traffic crash investigation. They are considered court experts in the field of traffic crash investigation.”

There are currently four teams located across the state. Each one utilizes Robotic Total Station technology, allowing for the accurate and fair depiction of crash scenes diagrammed to scale.

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Autocross event kicks off at Crowder College

NEOSHO, Mo. – 4StateVettes today hosted its Autocross racing event for all members of the community.

The event featured different makes and models of racing at Crowder College’s Truck Driving School.

Karting was also available for younger drivers.

Officials say helmets and required, but there are no limitations when it comes to what 4-wheeled vehicle you race in.

For more information, click here.



Local art studio spreads the love with one-of-a-kind butter dishes

PITTSBURG, Kan. – ArtForms in Pittsburg today hosted a class today that will soon bring style to the kitchen.

During the class, eight participants created butter dishes with different designs and embellishments.

The event lasted from 1-4 P.M. and cost $45 dollars a person.

Click here to see more about future events.