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Some residents willing to vote and tell

Several Joplin residents said they voted for change on Tuesday as they cast ballots in the Joplin City Council election at the Dr. Donald E. Clark Public Safety and Justice Center. Larry Cline said he voted for Miranda Lewis and other challengers who would bring new voices to the council. He also criticized council action in the firing of Mark Rohr as city manager.

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Ex-councilman, crossing guard pleads guilty to child molestation

A former Baxter Springs city councilman and school crossing guard pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cherokee County District Court to six counts of having sexual contact with children. Stanley Pickering, 79, was wearing orange Cherokee County Jail garb and shackles around his ankles as he waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated indecent liberties, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated indecent solicitation.

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Carthage voters pass school bond issue

Voters in the Carthage School District on Tuesday approved a proposal to issue bonds for the construction of a new school and the renovation of another. A majority of voters in the Neosho School District supported a proposal to construct a new junior high school there, but it was not enough to meet the required four-sevenths, or 57.1 percent, majority.

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Street Closure: Grand Ave. from 23rd St. to 24th St.

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOPLINBeginning Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 7:00 am until Friday, April 11, 2014, at 7 pm, Grand Ave. from 23rd St. to 24th St. will be closed. Crews will be working on utility repairs.Drivers are urged to use extreme caution in these areas and will need to utilize alternate routes during this period if possible.If you have any questions, please call the Engineering Department at 624-0820, ext. 530.**NOTE: Closures and/or mergers are contingent upon weath…