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Update: Road open; Injury crash shuts down westbound lane of Will Rogers Turnpike near Miami

Update: 6:13 p.m. Highway open. Closed for one hour.

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MIAMI, Okla. – The westbound lane of the Will Rogers Turnpike at mile marker 309 is shut down due to an injury crash, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported on Sunday.

Traffic is being diverted at Miami gate, mile marker 313, the patrol reported.

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Sunny, calm and more fall-like weather to end September

After a ten degree drop in temperatures on Sunday, temperatures will likely only warm to the upper 70s for Monday afternoon. Temperatures will begin near 50° and we’ll see a lot of sunshine with a nice northerly breeze to start the week. Winds will shift out of the south as we enter Tuesday, which will be a touch warmer than Monday. As we sit in a calm weather pattern, expect a lot of sunshine, dry conditions and temperatures just above average this week.

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Joplin Humane Society in need of donations

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some local furry friends are in need of donations.

The “Joplin Humane Society’s” community food bank is dangerously low.

Officials with the humane society say they are in need of dog and cat food for all ages of animals.

They will take any brand and any amount of pet food and there are donation bins in Joplin available for drop offs.

These red bins can be found outside of the “Joplin Humane Society,” as well as at “Champions Feed Store” and “Food-4-Less” in Joplin.

The humane society is also currently in need of cleaning supplies of any kind.

Officials ask that cleaning supplies not be left in the food drop off bins, but they can be dropped off at the humane society’s door.

You can also always donate online through the humane society’s “amazon” wish list.

If you’re interested in donating, you can do so here.

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Serving a beloved community member

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some helping hands have been hard at work giving back to the community.

Throughout the week and into the weekend, “Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity” has been working with local construction companies and retired police officers to restore the house of a beloved community member.

J.D. Love served as a Joplin police officer for nearly three decades and as a Jasper County coroner for three years.

His house has been in need of some repair, and thanks to some volunteers, J.D. now has a new roof and a garage door.

Volunteers also dedicated this weekend to replacing vinyl siding and giving the yard a big clean up.

“I think there’s really only two things that you can control in life. And that is, how hard you work and how you treat others and being kind. And what we have here is a combination of those two things that you do have control over and that is to be kind and to work hard and here’s what we have here today. So, it’s a great reflection of the good part of the human spirit,” said Scott Clayton, Executive Director for the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity.

“It is wonderful. Like I said awhile ago, I didn’t expect it, but you know, it’s great to me, to the wife and I just think it’s a wonderful thing,” said J.D. Love, a retired Joplin police officer.

During work breaks volunteers took time to visit with J.D., to thank him for his years of service to our community.

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Golfing for a good cause

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Continuing their annual campaign to raise 300,000 dollars, “Carthage United Way” hosted a golf tournament today.

Over the last two years, United Way has been able to reach over 75,000 local families.

During that time, the group has been supporting ten non profit organizations and providing in areas of healthcare, food, shelter and clothing.

United Way has also established mentoring and education programs for families in Jasper and Barton counties.

“We are doing our 10th annual golf tournament to raise funds for local nonprofit agencies. And we have over 170 golfers out here today. Hopefully having a great time and raising a lot of money,” said Barbara Wright, Executive Director of Carthage United Way.

The campaign will continue throughout the rest of year.

In 2023, the group aims to provide for even more families throughout Southwest Missouri.

For those interested in donating, you can still do so here.

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A look at Joplin's new coin

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The past and the present were on display today in Webb City.

The “13th Annual Route 66 Coin, Gold and Silver show” gave a look at American History as well as local history.

The collectible show also offered a modern keepsake.

The city of Joplin is approaching its 150th Anniversary and just like in 1973, there’s a coin for that.

“One of the features of Joplin’s history that sometimes is over looked and certainly we’re here today to celebrate Route 66, it’s also featured on that coin. But that goes back about 100 years. So, there are different layers to the history of Joplin and a couple of them are featured there on that medallion,” said Dave Sorrick, Owner of In God We Trust LLC.

The “Joplin Coin” can be found for purchase at any “Southwest Missouri Bank” and the proceeds will help fund the city’s anniversary celebration.

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Giving back to the land

DIAMOND, Mo. — Local volunteers are getting their hands dirty today for a good reason.

Today is “National Public Lands Day”.

According to the “National Environmental Education Foundation” — it began in 1994 as the nation’s largest single day volunteer event for all public lands.

There were over 30 volunteers of all ages dedicating their time at “George Washington Carver National Monument” in Diamond.

Tree roots were covered with dirt for protection, and native flowers were planted in various parts of the grounds.

“Part of it it is our civic duty is to be able to be able to be great citizens and to be able to pitch in and help out. As beautiful as the park is, it doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a lot of work and this is a way for the community to be involved in our work because it is their park this is, you know, an important part of our community,” said Ryan O’Connell, Park Guide.

The next event for the George Washington Carver National Monument is Sunday at 1 pm for “Archaeological Investigations.”

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Fairland Police Department receives 10K grant

FAIRLAND, Okla. — An Ottawa County police department was among 58 Oklahoma agencies that received this year’s Safe Oklahoma Grant.

The Fairland Police Department was awarded $10,000, according to a prepared statement released by Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor.

The 2023 Safe Oklahoma Grant distributed $2 million statewide to selected law enforcement agencies. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M was the other recipient from northeast Oklahoma.

“This program has proven to help our law enforcement partners do their job better and reduce crime across the state,” O’Connor said. “My office is honored to play a role in making communities safer by distributing these funds.”

O’Connor said the grant continues to help rural and metro-area agencies with basic policing necessities and advanced technology.

Fairland Police Chief Gordon Williams, Jr. said he plans to use the grant funds to purchase an Offender Data Information System program, for the police department.

The program is a comprehensive law enforcement and municipal court records management application and enables sharing of information among other law enforcement agencies.

“This program will go a long way in helping the department,” Williams said.

There are 291 law enforcement agencies, including police departments, sheriff’s offices, Tribal police, state agencies, education and detention facilities that use the program, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

“The program will allow Fairland officers immediate information that other agencies might have on a suspect,” Williams said.

With the remaining grant funds, Williams said he plans to purchase up to three tasers for the department.

The 12-person department is comprised of six full-time officers and six part-time officers, Williams said.

The department also recently received a grant from Arvest bank which allowed the purchase of outer vest carriers that serve to protect the officer, he said.

Extra protection is needed for the rural department.

Last week, Fairland Police took Micaela Renee Venis, 47, of Fairland into custody on complaints of aggravated reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

Venis did not surrender to authorities quietly and had to be restrained.

In March 2020, Fairland police and other Ottawa County agencies were involved in a 10-hour standoff in Fairland after Edwin Deaver Ball, Jr., fatally shot a Grove man and injured two others, including an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.

About the Safe Oklahoma Grant Program

Established in 2012, the Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant Program is funded by an annual appropriation from the state legislature. All sheriff’s and other local law enforcement agencies, including campus police, are eligible for the grant.

After the applications are reviewed, the grants are made on a one-year period and continued funding is not guaranteed. Applicants must include the city’s violent crime rate for the previous five years. 

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Record-breaking sale of Mickey Mantle card

Anthony Giordano owned the Micky Mantle card for thirty years (Credit: Heritage Auctions)

KSNF/KODE — A 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card (pictured above) recently sold for a record $12.6 million.

It’s the most ever paid for any sports item or memorabilia.

The record previously belonged to a 1986 World Cup jersey that was worn by Diego Maradona, a soccer player from Argentina.

That World Cup jersey was auctioned for $9.3 million in May of 2022.

Heritage Auctions, which sold the Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card, credits the card’s extremely high price to the condition it’s is, which is described as “pristine,” along with its well-documented history.

The very rare Mickey Mantle card was part of a series released by trading card manufacturer Topps in the summer of 1952.

However, the baseball cards did not sell as well as the company had thought.

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In 1960, Topps owner Sy Berger was in need of extra storage space and decided to dump the unsold cards into New York’s Hudson River.

But, not all the cards ended up in the river.

In 1986, sports card dealer Alan Rosen got a call from a Boston resident who claimed to have a case of the 1952 Topps baseball cards.

His now-deceased father, a delivery driver, had saved a box of the baseball cards and stored it in the basement for 30 years.

Alan Rosen purchased the collection and sold it almost immediately for $1,000.

Six years later, Rosen repurchased the Mickey Mantle baseball card for $40,000 and then turned around to sell it again for what was then a record price of $50,000.

The buyer was Anthony Giordano, a New Jersey waste management executive.

Giordano held onto the card for 30 years before deciding to put it up for auction this year.

Mickey Mantle in 1951 when he played for the New York Yankees

Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees for 18 years, leading the Yankees to seven World Series Championships.

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Mantle is one of baseball’s greatest switch hitters and biggest stars, and though he is a New York legend, it all started in a small town in Oklahoma.

The baseball star was born in 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, and the family moved to Commerce, Oklahoma when Mickey was still very young.

Mickey Mantle’s childhood home in Commerce, Oklahoma

His father, Mutt, worked at the zinc mines in the town and every evening, he would pitch balls to Mickey, next to a old tin barn on their property, as did his grandfather Charlie.

Today, baseball fans can stop by the town to see the player’s childhood home, and the shed that served as the backstop where the “Commerce Comet” learned to hit from both sides of the plate.

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New FD exhibit displays history of firefighting in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Many of our area fire departments use the latest in protective gear and modern trucks to battle blazes — but it wasn’t always like that. A new display inside the Joplin History and Mineral Museum is proof of that.

Museum Assistant, Christine Allgood says the items were donated by former area firefighters and their families.

“Originally, before they had an organized fire department, all businesses were required to keep a barrel of water out front with one of these round bottom buckets in it, but the problem was that people were stealing the buckets because it’s a useful item so they put a round bottom on it so you literally do nothing with it except for pass it hand-to-hand to put out a fire,” said Allgood.

It’s located in the same portion of the facility that is home to an antique fire truck.