United Way volunteers take part in “Day of Action”

JOPLIN, Mo. — Local chapters of the United Way got out for a “Day of Action.”

The event is a chance for volunteers to work on beautification projects for non-profit organizations throughout the area.

The United Way has hosted the Day of Action annually for over 30 years.


Joplin district nominated for Historic National Register

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin residents got together with city officials this evening to discuss adding the Broadway District to the Historic National Register.

If approved, the district would gain recognition for its significance and history in the Joplin community.

The approval would also help preserve and archive the generated research and allow for special district funding.

To find out more, click here.




Fireworks Celebration List; Towns and large events across region

JOPLIN METRO — Each year we compline a list of dates and locations, towns and events sharing large community fireworks displays. If you have one to add let us know!

  • JUNE 24 (Fri)
  • JUNE 25 (Sat) Neosho, Mo.
  • JUNE 26 (Sun)


  • JULY 1 (Fri) Anderson, Mo.
  • JULY 1 (Fri) Commerce, Okla.
  • JULY 2 (Sat) Pineville, Mo.
  • JULY 2 (Sat) Wyandotte, Okla.
  • JULY 3 (Sun) Grove, Okla. Wolf Creek
  • JULY 3 (Sun) Hope City Church
  • JULY 3 (Sun) Quapaw, Okla.
  • JULY 4 (Mon) Joplin, Mo. MSSU campus
  • JULY 4 (Mon) Duck Creek on Grand Lake
  • JULY 4 (Mon) Miami, Okla. Buffalo Run

Stay with Joplin News First on KOAM News Now as the list will grow and you make your upcoming plans! Scroll below to join our JLNews1st email list so you don’t miss an article.



Local author hosts book signing event


JOPLIN, Mo. — A local author stops by the studio to talk about her debut young adult novel. She has this book and two short stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul which she’ll have at her event. A fun fact about her is that she also writes for a magazine! She plans to do a book signing for her debut novel right here in Joplin, Missouri!

  • Where: Always Buying Books (5357 N Main St., Joplin, MO)
  • When: Saturday, June 25 from 1 PM to 3 PM
  • Not only will she be signing copies of “A Three Letter Name” but she’ll also sign copies of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books that she has short stories in!
  • Books cost from $10 to $14


You can find her website here. It contains everything from her social media to exclusive content on her book. You definitely don’t want to miss out on that!




Juneteenth Expo returns to Empire Market in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Empire Market today hosted its second annual Juneteenth Expo to help local businesses gain traction.

Officials say the event aims to invite the community together in celebration of Juneteenth Weekend while giving vendors and small business owners an opportunity to gain exposure.

“It is for the small businesses that are underutilized in our area. Also, different organizations that are underutilized. They don’t have the advertising budget And so we are putting this on on behalf of Juneteenth, which is Monday or Sunday. But this is our day for it today,” said Melodee Colbert-Kean, Juneteenth Expo Organizer.

The expo included:

  • fashion
  • art
  • local music
  • entertainment
  • leadership awards

To find out more, click here.


Pittsburg Public Library hosts a petting zoo in the park

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Lincoln Park in Pittsburg was a little more crowded because of a petting zoo event.

The Pittsburg Public Library hosted the event as part of their Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

It featured animals like kangaroos, alpacas, camels, and iguanas.


The Lavender Patch Farm prepares for 2022 Lavender Fest 5

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – If you’re a lover of music, games, and lavender, this event just might be for you.

The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott, Kansas is preparing for their 2022 Lavender Fest 5.

Tickets are $5 and attendees will get to see demonstrations including how to distill lavender and how to care for lavender.

The Lavender Patch Farm opened in 2010 with just a single lavender plant, and now the farm has more than 1,000 plants.

The festival begins Saturday at 9 AM and runs until 3 PM.

You can buy tickets to the event here.


Fair Season set to return to Kansas

Will Morris from the K-State Research and Extension District stopped by the KOAM studio to talk to Tawnya Bach about the return of county fair season in Kansas. Four counties have fairs coming up – Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, and Wilson – and all have a variety of classes for entry. If you’d like more information about any of these four county fairs, we’ve provided links to each.

Crawford County Fair

  • Girard, KS
  • August 3-6, 2022
  • Click here for more information on the Crawford County fair.

Labette County Fair

  • Oswego, KS
  • July 16 – 23, 2022
  • Click here for more information on the Labette County fair

Montgomery County Fair

  • Independence, KS
  • July 27 – August 1, 2022
  • Click here for more information on the Montgomery Country fair

Wilson County Fair & Rodeo

  • Fredonia, KS
  • July 20-24, 2022
  • Click here for more information on the Wilson County fair and rodeo

Click here if you’d like more information about the K-State Research and Extension District or fair season.

Will Morris is a STEM 4-H Youth Development instructor. You can contact him at the following email address: willmorris@ksu.edu


Monster trucks show off wheelies and more in Miami

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mo. – Some 4-State residents got out Friday for some loud noises, wrecks, racing and tricks!

Miami, Oklahoma hosted the O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Nationals Monster Truck show. The 2-day annual event showcases some of the country’s top monster trucks in racing, wheelie contests and freestyle events.

>> Related: 4 winners named for the O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals VIP Contest


Joplin Public Library anniversary celebration; 120 years of service and 5 years on 20th

JOPLIN, Mo. — This Sunday the Joplin Public Library are holding a special anniversary celebration.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our current building for 5 years! Take a look back with us on construction as we reminisce. Be sure to join us Sunday, June 12, from 2-4pm to help us celebrate this milestone and our 120 years of service!” — JOPLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

It was 1902 when the first Joplin library was built at 9th and Wall. Andrew Carnegie provided a $40,000 grant to build it in Joplin. His foundation went on to fund over 2,500 other libraries across the world.

“Built in 1902, a two-story, Classical Revival style steel frame building sheathed in brick and white Carthage marble. It measures 79 feet by 86 feet and features a pedimented Ionic order porch which is distyle in antis. A four-bay two story addition was added in 1916.” — U.S. NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES

  • WHAT: Joplin Public Library Anniversary Celebration
  • WHERE: 20th and Connecticut
  • WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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