Service crews with Empire District Electric Co. spent most of Saturday responding to power outages in Jasper and Newton counties after a winter storm covered the area in up to three-tenths of an inch of ice.
For six and a half hours Friday in a brisk wind and temperatures that never exceeded 30 degrees, a Salvation Army bell ringer at the Pittsburg Wal-Mart found himself working up a sweat. And burning nearly 5,000 calories. Pittsburg resident and avid cyclist Todd McGeorge, 47, was ringing the bell on a bike. Or rather, his bike was ringing the bell.
Friday was a historic day for the residents of south Joplin. Firefighters moved in and took up residence in the new Station No. 4 at the southwest corner of 36th Street and Hearnes Boulevard.
Eric J. Hicks declined either to admit what he’d done or to express remorse when given an opportunity at his sentencing Friday in the 2011 murder of 18-month-old Emjay Corn.
His public defender, Darren Wallace, spoke for Hicks at his hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.
On sunny afternoons, the light from stained glass windows at Bethany Presbyterian Church bathes the church sanctuary in a multi-hued glow. That was not the case after the Joplin tornado, which destroyed a number of stained glass windows in the historic church and damaged several others.
Focused on the spirit of giving, English teacher Angela Martino-Lewis announced on Nov. 6 a small goal to meet by Christmas: to get enough items from friends, family and community members to fill 20 stockings to distribute to students at Pittsburg Community Middle School.
The Missouri Public Service Commission this week announced a series of hearings around the state early next year to gather public comment on a rate increase proposed by Laclede Gas Co. The increase will apply to customers of Missouri Gas Energy.
Mike Franks, a Neosho native and former two-term member of the Neosho Board of Education, has been named the interim director of the Neosho Area Business and Industry Foundation Inc. Franks will take over the job once held by the late Gib Garrow, who died in early November after a two-month illness.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is continuing to expand his call for more education funding, announcing a $20 million budget initiative last week aimed at training more Missourians for careers in mental health fields.
After working out of temporary facilities for two and a half years, the Joplin Firefighters of Stations #2 and #4 will be pleased to be in permanent facilities by Christmas this year. And Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles is thrilled to have reached this point ahead of schedule and under budget.