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Autocross event kicks off at Crowder College

NEOSHO, Mo. – 4StateVettes today hosted its Autocross racing event for all members of the community.

The event featured different makes and models of racing at Crowder College’s Truck Driving School.

Karting was also available for younger drivers.

Officials say helmets and required, but there are no limitations when it comes to what 4-wheeled vehicle you race in.

For more information, click here.

 

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Shoal Creek Water Festival kicks of at Wildcat Glades in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Shoal Creek Water Festival today kicked off creekside at Wildcat Glades in Joplin Missouri.

The event features all kinds of activities for participants to enjoy while cooling off on a summer’s day.

Some activities include:

  • Fishing derby
  • Lazy river float
  • Peoples choice cardboard boat crafting
  • Fishing magician
  • Cardboard boat race
  • Duck race

Racers had the option to race solo or as a tandem.

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Local organizations pay the pupper by contributing funds to Carl Junction’s Therapy Dog Program

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Arvest Bank representatives today presented a check to the Carl Junction School District to pay for some four-legged fees.

the Arvest Foundation donated $2,000 to add to its therapy dog program as well as pay for training.

“To watch a student with a dog is magical. It calms their nerves. Their demeanor changes. Sometimes they sit on the floor. I’ve seen students sit on the floor and hug the dog and they don’t even have to speak,” said Kristy Jones with Carl Junction Schools. “They just sit there and let a student love on them.”

Carl Junction Schools has recently seen the benefits of therapy dogs’ interaction with students, including:

  • the promotion of providing comfort
  • reducing frustration
  • reducing anxiety
  • reducing stress.

Officials say the Carl Junction Educational Foundation also donated $1,500 toward the training of the new dogs.

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August means tax season for some truckers – what you need to know

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service this week reminded truckers who have registered, or are required to register, large trucks and buses that it’s time to file Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Returns.

The IRS strongly encourages using e-file and filing before the payment deadline of Aug. 31, 2022, for vehicles first used in July 2022.

Officials say truckers that have a highway motor vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more registered in their name must file Form 2290 and pay the tax.  However, on vehicles they expect to use for 5,000 miles or less (7,500 for farm vehicles), they’re required to file a return, but pay no tax.

The IRS provides the following tips:

Get the facts
• Visit the Trucking Tax Center on IRS.gov/trucker.
• Review the Frequently Asked Questions for Truckers who e-file (also available in Spanish).
• Use “Do I Need to Pay the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax?” online tool if unsure about filing.

Gather the required information
• Vehicle Identification Number(s).
• Employer Identification Number (EIN) – not a Social Security number. It can take about four weeks to establish a new EIN. See How to Apply for an EIN.
• Taxable gross weight of each vehicle.

Filing options
• All Form 2290 filers are encouraged to e-file, a list of IRS-approved e-file providers is on IRS.gov.
• E-file is required when reporting 25 or more vehicles on Form 2290.
• A watermarked Schedule 1 is sent within minutes after acceptance of an e-filed return.
• If filing by mail, ensure that the correct mailing address is used.
• Mail filers will receive their stamped Schedule 1 within 6 weeks after the IRS receives the form.

Payment options
• Credit or debit card or digital wallet is an option.
• E-filing makes paying with electronic funds withdrawal an easy part of the process.
• Electronic Federal Tax Payment System requires advanced enrollment.
• Mailed in check or money order payments using Form 2290-V, Payment Voucher, mailed to: Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 932500, Louisville, KY 40293-2500.

More information
• IRS YouTube Video: Truckers: Mark Your Calendars To File Form 2290.
• “Understanding Form 2290 – Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax”.
• Frequently Asked Questions for Indian Tribal Governments Regarding Highway Use Tax.
• IRS Form 2290 call center, available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time. From within the U.S., 866-699-4096 (toll-free), from Canada or Mexico, 859-320-3581 (not toll-free).

 

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Study shows Americans drive less while gas prices continue to fall

CHEROKEE/JASPER COUNTIES – As gas prices fall in the 4-States, national data suggests that fewer drivers are filling up and hitting the road.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dropped from 9.25 million b/d to 8.54 million b/d last week.

The rate is 1.24 million b/d lower than last year and is in line with the need at the end of July 2020.

“Oil is the primary ingredient in gasoline, so less expensive oil is helpful in taming pump prices,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “Couple that with fewer drivers fueling up, and you have a recipe for gas prices to keep easing. It’s possible that the national average will fall below $4 this week.”

>>AAA: Gas prices, outlook and tips

AAAconducted a survey that found almost two-thirds of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since prices rose in March. Drivers’ top two changes to offset high gas prices are driving less and combining errands.

Today’s national average of $4.05 is 67 cents less than a month ago and 87 cents more than a year ago.

>>Gas prices see a steady decline across the 4-States

Quick Stats

  • The nation’s top 10 largest weekly decreases: Washington, D.C. (−28 cents), Colorado (−23 cents), Arizona (−21 cents), Illinois (−21 cents), Indiana (−21 cents), Iowa (−20 cents), Ohio (−20 cents), Michigan (−19 cents), Missouri (−18 cents) and Minnesota (−18 cents).
  • The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Texas ($3.55), South Carolina ($3.59), Oklahoma ($3.60), Arkansas ($3.60), Georgia ($3.61), Tennessee ($3.62), Mississippi ($3.62), Alabama ($3.64), Kansas ($3.66) and Iowa ($3.66).

>>$2,245.62 a second: Enormous profit for oil companies on record gas prices

4-state gas

  • Jasper Co: $3.42
  • Cherokee Co.: $3.51
  • Ottawa Co.: $3.49

 

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U.S Government approves Parson’s request to assist St. Louis region after record rainfall

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This afternoon, President Joe Biden approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri in response to the severe flooding that impacted the St. Louis region from July 25 to July 28.

Because of this declaration, eligible residents of St. Louis and St. Charles counties can now seek help through FEMA’s individual assistance program.

Individual assistance can help with the following:

  • Temporary housing
  • Housing repairs
  • Replacement of damaged belongings
  • Replacement of damaged vehicles
  • Other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding and storms

“This was historic, devastating flash flooding that has impacted thousands of people in the St. Louis region,” Governor Parson said in a statement. “As we’ve seen at the assistance center events last week, there is tremendous need to support the families that have been so severely impacted by the record flash flooding. I appreciate the President acting swiftly to get Missourians the assistance they need. We will continue to work closely with our federal and local partners, along with the voluntary organizations that are already working hard to help.”

Officials say the deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days following the President’s major disaster declaration.

The flooding resulted in major damage to more than 750 homes and over 130 businesses.

Large amounts of water in the city caused at least $35 million in damage to uninsured infrastructure and emergency response costs.

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DeWALT recalls Miter Saws due to injury and laceration hazard

BALTIMORE, Md. – DeWALT last week released a recall statement regarding potential dangers when operating the companies Miter Saws.

Officials say the saw’s rear safety guard can break or detach, making lacerations possible as well as projectile hazards.

DeWALT encourages consumers to immediately stop using the recalled miter saws and contact DeWALT for details on how to receive a free repair kit.  

Consumers can also take their saw to a DeWALT service center for a free repair.

The company says nearly 1.4 million units have been recalled – DeWALT is contacting consumers directly.

Click here for more information on the product.

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Emancipation ‘Park Days’ Celebration hosts 14th Annual Car Show

JOPLIN, Mo. – Emancipation ‘Park Days’ Celebration continues today at Ewert Park with its 14th Annual Car Show.

The event featured cars, raffles, giveaways and more.

The following car categories were on display:

  • Classic
  • Roadster
  • American Muscle
  • Sports Cars

Officials say the purpose of its Emancipation “Park Days” Celebration is to provide a cultural event that educates people on African American freedom and achievement.

To learn more, click here.

Watch the full story on Fox 14 news at 9:00 p.m.

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Local organization raises funds with family, fun and horse racing

CARTHAGE, Mo. – On My Own Inc. today hosted its 7th annual Buckles Barrels and BBQ event to raise funds for its independent living mission.

The event featured barrel racing for all ages and officials say the money collected goes toward On My Own’s mission of helping people live independent lives.

Entertainment included:

  • Prize giveaways
  • Custom buckles
  • Food & drink
  • Auction items

The event lasts until 8:00 p.m. tonight.

Click here to learn more, or watch Fox 14 news at 9:00 p.m.

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Carthage unveils new park design concept for Carter Park

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carter Park in Carthage today celebrated its unveiling of a new park concept for the future.

Participants had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of what the park will look like in five years.

After the unveiling, seven soccer teams gathered to play a tournament that collected money for the park renovations.

Watch Fox 14 news at 9:00 p.m. for more.