Braidon Lantz is a high-energy, spunky 7-year-old with a knack for being the center of attention. But that’s thanks largely to specialized care and treatment that he recently received from pediatricians at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City as he recovered from illnesses brought on by a tick bite, his parents said.
Suspended Joplin attorney Dan Whitworth appeared last week in court in anticipation of indictment by a federal grand jury and was appointed legal counsel. Whitworth appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield and requested appointment of a federal public defender to represent him in light of a financial inability to hire counsel.
Six candidates will vie for three general seats on the Joplin City Council in the April election, while two incumbents will compete for one of the zone seats. City Clerk Barbara Hogelin said Tuesday that a total of nine candidates were certified for the April 8 ballot. Five of those are incumbents. The filing period closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Two Joplin men convicted in separate incidents of disaster fraud related to the May 22, 2011, tornado on Monday were sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution. Andy Eric Brownlee, 32, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes. to pay $2,750 in restitution, and Leslie Lynn Williams, 54, was ordered to pay $1,196 in restitution.
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.
A Carthage church with 44 years of history has shut its doors for the final time.
It was a good turnout for a first-time event.