The Newton County Commission on Monday was putting final touches on a 2014 county budget with estimated spending of $9.6 million. That compares with spending of $9.4 million approved in the 2013 budget.
The fate of a proposed $2.5 million bond issue to pay for the construction of a city swimming pool will be determined in April by Webb City voters. The City Council approved the measure by a 6-0 vote Monday night, putting the proposal on the April 8 election ballot.
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.
A Webb City woman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $115,000 from her Joplin employer. Roxanna Sue Rindom, 47, also was ordered to pay restitution of $114,814 by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips in Springfield.
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.
A $4 million financing package that draws money from several sources, including $1.8 million in debt, was selected Monday night by the Joplin City Council for a baseball proposal at Joe Becker Stadium.
Police Chief Lane Roberts has announced his intention to retire from the Joplin Police Department, effective March 28. Roberts, who was hired in April 2007, made his plans known in a news release Monday morning.
A special prosecutor has dropped misdemeanor charges against a Joplin father and son arising from a dispute with police and paramedics after a family member’s suicide. James Nichols, a special prosecutor from Lamar, had the charges against Kevin Russell, 44, and Brant Russell, 22, dismissed last week in Joplin Municipal Court.
A Mulberry man remains in critical condition and unconscious a week after suffering prolonged exposure to snow, ice and negative temperatures on a record-setting cold night. The community, meanwhile, has rallied to support the family.
Six-month-old Mitchell Farris was found safe and healthy Sunday night in Miami, Fla., said Anderson police Chief Donavon Pierson. The Amber Alert issued for the child was canceled about 7 p.m. Sunday.