Missouri Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to adoption decision

A Guatemalan woman seeking to overturn the adoption of her biological child by a Carthage couple has exhausted those efforts — unsuccessfully — in the state court system. The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal filed on behalf of Encarnacion Romero that challenged a Missouri Court of Appeals decision terminating her parental rights.

Joplin Rescue Mission leader elected for National Board

Co-founder and executive director of Joplin’s Watered Gardens Rescue Mission, James Whitford, was recently elected a board member to the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), a century old national network of more than 300 rescue missions that provides more than 50 million meals, 20 million nights of shelter and graduates more than 18,000 men and women from addiction recovery programs every year.

Pittsburg burn site

Due to recent ice storms, Pittsburg Parks and Recreation will be opening the Burn site on Friday, December 27th from 8:30am – 3:00pm, weather permitting. The burn site will also be open the following week (except New Year’s Day) December 30th – January 3rd from 8:30-3:00pm.