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Kids Fishing Derby was held in Jasper Sunday

JASPER, Mo. — The city of Jasper gathered Sunday to celebrate the return of a favorite community event. The Jasper City Lake was the site of the annual Kids Fishing Derby.

Last year’s derby unfortunately had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

With conditions getting better, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and Jasper Police Department saw this as the perfect time to bring back the competition.

Chad Karr, Jasper Police Chief, says, “This type of stuff is something jasper has become known for and just to get everybody back together, kids out and about and just some normalcy is pretty big for this town, for any town really.”

Nicholas Williams won the first award of the day for catching the derby’s first fish.

Awards were also handed out for the most fish caught and the biggest fish.

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Noel hosting a city wide clean up

NOEL, Mo. — Residents of one local city will have an opportunity to dispose of large items.

The city of Noel is hosting a city wide clean up from Monday, May 3 to Sunday, May 16.

Dumpsters will be available at the street department building on butler street for residents to drop off their items.

Only Noel residents can participate in the cleanup.

For more information, you can call city hall at the number on your screen.

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People of all ages invited to a local summer reading program

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Public Library is preparing for their summer reading program.

People of all ages are invited to participate for a chance to win prizes.

Prizes vary by age group but can include a one day pool pass for kids and a free library card for children outside city limits to use for the months of June and July.

This year’s program runs from June first to July 25.

Christina Matekel-Gibson, Children’s Librarian, says, “The main component of the program is a reading challenge where children starting at birth up through adulthood can log the number of hours that they read or the number of minutes and complete certain activities that go along with our theme.”

This year’s theme is Tails and Tales, with a special focus on animals.

You can register for the program starting June first at the library or online by visiting the link here

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The Pittsburg High School Theatre is helping some of their own compete in a festival this summer

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg High School Theatre is helping some of their own compete in a festival this summer.

Sunday, the students hosted a Closing Bow Cabaret fundraiser.

Organizers are trying to raise money for eight students that qualified for The International Thespian Festival to attend.

The festival is being held virtually this year because of the pandemic.

Emma Annan-Noonoo, Drama Club President, says, “We’ve actually been able to attend the international thespian festival here in town a few years ago. So since we werent able to compete at that level this year with an entire show its really important that we go with our . Its just a great opportunity for our students to get to do something at such a high level and get critiques on how to improve themselves.”

She is hoping to collect enough donations to pay for all eight students to compete.

If you would like to donate to the fundraiser go here.

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Splash pad in King Jack Park is back open

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A local splash pad is back open for the summer.

The Webb City Splash Pad is located inside King Jack Park.

The water feature is mining themed and has fountains and an oversized bucket which dumps water.

The city conducted tests and completed maintenance before reopening the splash pad this weekend.

Carl Francis, City Administrator, says, “Last year it was used very heavily up until we ran into the issues with covid and the pandemic. Years past when it first opened you could see as many as 100 kids on that splash pad at a same time. We hope to see it utilized a lot. We hope to see good weather. We’re proud of king jack park and all the amentities that are offered there.”

The splash pad is open seven days a week from 9 A,M. until dark.

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The Jasper County Sheriff's Office will hold a Community Safety day

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a fun event for the whole family.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office will be holding Community Safety day.

Families can spend time with sheriff’s deputies while enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s posse will be there with their horses.

They will also have swat and K-9 demos, face painting, bounce houses and more.

Randee Kaiser, Jasper County Sheriff, says, “It’s great because it lets kids see law enforcement officers in a different environment. Its kind of a one on one environment and its us being a part of the community thats kind of the whole idea behind the thing. We recognize that in law enforcement we are a part of the community.”

Community Safety day runs from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, May 8 on the north side of the sheriff’s office in Carthage.

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Members of the Tri-State Model Railroaders held a model railroad show and swap meet Saturday

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin History and Mineral Museum held an event for hundreds of local train enthusiasts.

Members of the Tri-State Model Railroaders held a model railroad show and swap meet, Saturday.

All money raised will benefit the museum.

After the event was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers were excited to make a return.

Ned Mayes, Museum Volunteer, says, “What’s going on is a semi-annual fundraiser. Of course, we haven’t had one since 2019 because of Covid. This is a bigger turnout than we thought given the circumstances, and it’s been a good day. Hopefully the museum raises quite a bit of money.”

A 4×8 Lionel Train layout complete with the train, track and buildings was raffled off.

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Local elected officials are giving citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions

ALTAMONT, Kan. — Local elected officials are giving citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions.

Saturday morning, Kansas State Senator, Virgil Peck Jr. and House Member, Richard Proehl held a social hour at Altamont City Hall.

Citizens expressed several concerns, ranging from legislation on local sales taxes to recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

City leaders say it’s important to have state representatives come to listen to their concerns.

Audree Aguilera, Altamont City Administrator, says, “Not only from Covid, but just from the economy these days and our society, I think the biggest thing I hope that they took away from this is we’re struggling at a local level, with not just cities, but also our local employers, of getting those employees and keeping them in our jobs.”

The Kansas Legislative Session adjourns on May 15.

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Breaking the Silence 5k and 10k was held for a good cause

JOPLIN, Mo. — Dozens spent Saturday morning running for a good cause in Landreth Park.

Saturday was the sixth annual Breaking the Silence 5k and 10k.

The run raises awareness about sexual abuse.

Organizers say one in four girls and one in 13 boys will be sexually abused by they time they are 18-years-old.

The run is benefitting the Children’s Center which helps investigate abuse and neglect and has locations in Joplin, Monett, Nevada, and Butler.

Before the run a survivor of abuse shared her story with the crowd.

Shanna Olds, Speaker, says, “In 2011 someone shared their story with me and it broke me free from the darkness that i was hiding behind and that’s my hope is somebody can hear a story and it will break them free from the darkness that they feel.”

Miranda Murdock, Race Director, says, “I think its important for the community to see how common it is and its important for the survivors to bring light to their own story.”

The Children’s Center says they see a rise in child abuse reports after Saturday’s run.

The money raised will help the nonprofit with unexpected expenses and items for the children they help.

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Volunteers from Forest Park Church help beautify Joplin.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Volunteers from a local church are helping beautify Joplin.

Saturday morning a group of volunteers from Forest Park Church were planting flowers up and down Main Street.

More than 150 volunteers spent the day working throughout Joplin for the churches Super Serve Saturday.

Albert’s Greenhouse in Joplin donated flowers and fertilizer for the more than 30 planters on Main Street.

The city is grateful the volunteers spent the day cleaning up Joplin.

Nick Edwards, City Manager, says, “From the city perspective having a community that looks well maintained is really important. It makes a statement to those that are visiting. It makes a statement about people that are maybe interested in moving companies here.”

Calista Roberts, says, “It was fun and I just like helping.”

The group of volunteers also did some work in Spiva Park.