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Tornado fund board hears grant requests

Trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund heard proposals Tuesday from 11 organizations for grant funding. The board is to decide how to spend about $225,000 remaining in the fund in what may be the final round of grants. The fund was established shortly after the 2011 tornado to receive donations from those who wanted to give direct aid to Joplin for recovery.

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Southeast Kansas Recycling Center faces funding crisis, possible closure

While groups such as Keep America Beautiful and the Environmental Protection Agency have entire websites touting the benefits of recycling, Southeast Kansas residents may lose their only recycling center if permanent funding isn’t found soon. “We’re in dire straits,” said Jim Triplett, president of the board of the Southeast Kansas Recycling Center in Pittsburg.

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