Joplin’s Main Street closed today for The Great Race event

From the City of Joplin:

JOPLIN, Mo. – Main Street will be closed today, June 21, from 4th Street to 7th Street as Joplin prepares to welcome The Great Race event to our community. East/west traffic along 7th Street will continue, although northbound turns onto Main Street will be restricted.

In addition, Sunshine Lamp Trolley will experience temporary changes for today, including:

  • Trolley stop located at 6th and Main Street will be moved one block west to Joplin Avenue starting at 10 a.m. and remain in effect for remainder of the day.

If you have questions about these temporary changes, contact the Sunshine Lamp Trolley at 417-626-8609.

The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to town, with the first car rolling onto Main Street at 4:45 p.m. today. Participants in the event will cover more than 2,300 miles in nine days, starting in San Antonio and finishing in Greenville, S.C. Joplin is the finish line for the third day of the race.

Everyone is invited to come downtown Monday evening and enjoy the classic cars driving the race route! There will also be local classic car clubs displaying their automobiles for added fun.



Father’s Day 2021 deals and events

PITTSBURG, Kan./JOPLIN, Mo. – Father’s Day is Sunday. So, if you’re looking for something to do with dad, we’ve put together a list of deals for dad.

  • Applebee’s: Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card for dad.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Get a $5 e-bonus card when you buy a $30 gift card on their website through June 20.
  • Chili’s: Get a $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card on their website.
  • IHOP: Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card on their website.
  • Quiznos: Toasty Points members can get The Big Easy Muffuletta for $5 from June 18 – 20.
  • Red Lobster: Buy dad a $50 gift card and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more.


  • Joplin’s Schifferdecker Aquatic Center – On Father’s Day, dads will receive FREE admission at Schifferdecker Aquatic Center with the purchase of a child’s admission. Offer valid only on Sunday, June 20 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Country Roads Family Fun Farm (West of Mt. Vernon, Mo.) – Bring your dad to the farm for a Father’s Day celebration the entire family will love! Tickets include all indoor and outdoor play areas, hay mountains, slides, barn swings, petting zoo, rides, and bounce pillow.
  • Galena, Kansas – Father’s Day Dinner Party – Pulled pork and pulled chicken barbecue sandwiches and sides and dessert. Special music and guest speaker. – Event by Joe West Sr and First Christian Church

To include your Father’s Day deals or event, email sstrader@koamtv.com.


Keeping pets cool in extreme heat

JOPLIN, Mo. – When the temperatures rise, watch out for your pets.

Experts say don’t leave them unattended in a parked car, groom your pets regularly, limit exercise and watch for any symptoms of overheating.

“You want to look for things like dizziness, disorientation just excessive panting, red-like bright red gums.” said Thomas Jay of the Joplin Humane Society. “Uncontrollable shivering, that is another big thing.”

Also, avoid pavement when walking your dog. The hot surface can burn you dog’s paws.


Black bear sightings continue, share your photos with KOAM

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – “Sightings of black bears seem to be increasing in well-traveled, high-traffic areas as well as populated neighborhoods and fields.” That’s a message from the Newton County, Missouri Central Dispatch Center.

Residents in the 4-states have been seeing more black bears this year. Recently, they’ve been seen in the Pittsburg, Baxter Springs and Arma, Kansas areas. Also, one was recently spotted in Neosho, Missouri.

Have you seen a bear lately? Did you take a picture? Share it here in the KOAM photo gallery.

Newton County authorities say they’re just passing through, posting the following to social media.

“..Don’t feed the bears. Don’t try to pet or snuggle the bears. Keep pet food indoors. Keep trash contained. Report sightings but just let them move along their way. Watch for them crossing roads and highways. Yearlings especially are looking for new homes. If you see a sow and cubs just stay away from them. DO NOT approach and don’t get in between them. Call 417-451-8333 to have dispatch notify the Conservation agent and law enforcement to handle any problematic situations.”

(Recent article: Bear sightings becoming more common in Southeast Kansas)


Historic preservation commission honors local residents

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Historic Preservation Commission honors several local historians with awards.

They established the awards to recognize people who make contributions to the historic preservation of Joplin.

There are three awards: Leslie Simpson Award, Jeff and Carolina Neal Award and the Murphysburg Award.

Release from City of Joplin

The Joplin Historic Preservation Commission will present the 2021 Joplin Historic Preservation Awards at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 in the main lobby of Joplin City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

The Joplin Historic Preservation Awards were established in 2019 to recognize people who have made significant contributions to historic preservation in the City of Joplin, Missouri. The Commission will present three awards during the event.

The Leslie Simpson Award – Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to historic preservation in Joplin by way of preservation administration, education, events, outreach, planning, research, or service. This year’s recipient is Nancy Morton, former chairperson of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The Jeff & Carolina Neal Award – Awarded to people who have made significant developments to historic preservation in Joplin by way of developing and restoring/revitalizing buildings and property within Joplin’s commercial corridors. Lori & Jeremy Haun, downtown property owners, have been selected for this year’s award.

The Murphysburg Award – Awarded to neighborhood groups or residential property owners – regardless of whether their properties are in Murphysburg proper – who demonstrate the capacity for and illustrate the preservation of their homes, whether through achieving Local Landmark status, Local Historic District Status, community/neighborhood development, or otherwise making significant contributions to heritage/historic preservation in Joplin. This award will be given to the North Heights neighborhood.


Trans Am cyclists enter Kansas, heading to Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Drivers should be prepared to see more cyclists as the Trans American Bike Race continues. The first participants have arrived in Kansas and will be heading towards Pittsburg.

Cyclists in the Trans Am event will enter Kansas from Colorado on K-96 and travel through Leoti, Scott City, Rush Center, Larned, Hutchinson, Newton, Eureka, Chanute, Girard and then Pittsburg. Riders in this event usually travel individually rather than in groups.

The City of Pittsburg posted, “Bicycle Route 76 is 4,218 miles long and one of the oldest routes of the Adventure Cycling Route Network. It runs from Yorktown, VA to the Oregon coast and crosses Kansas from Pittsburg to the Colorado line. We are fortunate to have over 40 miles in Crawford County, and 4 miles through Pittsburg!”

Kansas Law

Motorists should expect to see an increase in cyclists during these warmer summer months. Officials remind you that Kansas law requires that motorists treat cyclists like any other motorized vehicle on the road. This includes moving over and passing like you would any other vehicle only when safe to do so and requires that motorists must have three feet of space between the cyclist and vehicle when passing.

Drivers should use extra caution as other cycling events take place this summer.

About the Trans American Bike Race

The Trans American Bike Race is an annual, self-supported, ultra-distance cycling race that stretches 4,200 miles across the U.S. from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va.  This is not a stage race – meaning once the race starts, the clock doesn’t stop until the racers reach the finish line. Now in its seventh year, each racer must strategically decide when to rest, ride and refuel.

For more information on the event, go to transambikerace.com.


P-EBT program returns, but many changes for 2021

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Starting today, families who have children who qualified for free or reduced price meals can once more apply for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to help cover food costs they experienced while their student was not doing in-seat learning due to the pandemic. However, the P-EBT 2020-2021 program is very different from last year’s program.

Here are highlights of those changes:

  • All families must apply to get the P-EBT benefit, regardless of whether or not they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp benefits.
  • A child may be eligible for P-EBT if the school was closed, not doing in-seat learning, or had reduced hours at least five school days in a row due to COVID-19.
  • P-EBT benefits are available for the months of September 2020 through May 2021.
  • The P-EBT benefit is based on the school’s report of how much of the month was not in-seat learning. If most of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $129.58. If only some of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $77.75.
  • Families download the P-EBT application (aplicación en Español)
  • Families directly email or mail the P-EBT application to the Family Support Division by July 31, 2021.
  • Each eligible student will get an EBT card in his or her name with the lump sum P-EBT benefit amount for the 2020-2021 school year. Ineligible families will receive a denial letter.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more here.

Families who receive SNAP with an eligible child under age six will automatically get a P-EBT benefit for that child added to the household’s existing EBT card. Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits for children under age six.


Visit dss.mo.gov for more information about P-EBT. Missourians can email the completed P-EBT application (aplicación en Español) to FSD.MOPEBT@dss.mo.gov, or mail it to:

Family Support Division

615 E. 13th Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

The Missouri Services Navigator has information on over 2,800 programs and services available in the state.  Missourians in need of information on SNAP, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, LIHEAP, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit dss.mo.gov. Missourians who have questions not specific to an individual’s case can use the DSS Virtual Assistant to get immediate answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Phone assistance is also available Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636.

SkillUp and Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) are free programs available to all SNAP and TA recipients that help low-income Missourians with career planning, overcoming challenges to work, as well as getting and keeping a job.


If you have questions about P-EBT in Kansas, contact the Department for Children and Families (DCF) — call 1-888-369-4777, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

You can apply for benefits in the DCF online portal: https://cssp.kees.ks.gov/apspssp/sspNonMed.portal.

More information from the USDA: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/kansas#snap


You can find more information about Oklahoma benefits here.

USDA Information: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/oklahoma#snap


Joplin to begin fogging to control mosquitos

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Health Department will be fogging to control mosquitoes.

The Department’s program utilizes occasional fogging to control adult mosquitoes and the treatment of mosquito breeding areas with a larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from becoming adults.

Fogging routes will be posted on the City of Joplin website: https://www.joplinmo.org/1040/Mosquito-Vector-Control. If residents are encountering large quantities of mosquitoes, assistance can be requested for the Joplin Health Department by calling 417-623-6122.

More Information from the City

According to the City, the Joplin Health Department utilizes a nonrestricted use pesticide that has been evaluated by the EPA to be of low toxicity to humans.  However, residents are encouraged stay indoors and not drive through areas where fog is visible after application.  City officials say the fog dissipates rapidly and is usually not visible after 15 minutes of application.

Fogging will be conducted in the early morning hours to minimize exposure and disruption of outdoor activities. Health officials also recommend that residents close their windows and bring pets in when their area is being treated. Residents who are raising bees can contact the Health Department and request that their area not be fogged.

While the Health Department’s efforts help with controlling mosquito populations, residents play a bigger role in controlling their presence in the community.  Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce and need as little as one teaspoonful of water to reproduce.  Citizens can their properties for places where water may accumulate and become a haven for breeding mosquitoes.  Areas of interest can include gutters, bird baths, untreated swimming pools, and tires.  Eliminating the sources of mosquitoes is the most effective way to minimize their presence.  Low lying areas that are prone to having standing water can be routinely treated with a mosquito larvicides.  Modifying the grading of property can be a more permanent solution to preventing standing water from accumulating.

If mosquito populations are present, citizens can still take the following actions to protect themselves and their loved ones from being bitten:

·  Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

·  Wear long sleeved shirts, socks, and long pants when you must be outdoors.

·  Use an approved insect repellent and follow the instructions on the product label.

·  Talk to your physician or health care provider before applying insect repellants to young children.

·  Make sure your window screens fit tightly and are free from holes.

For more information about mosquito fogging, please contact the Joplin Health Department at 417-623-6122.


SKIL thanks those who help the non-profit

COLUMBUS, Kan. — The Columbus, Kansas SKIL Resource Center hosts its customer appreciation picnic. The event also included a free Coronavirus vaccination clinic provided by Labette Health.

The public was invited out for the free picnic and clinic.

SKIL holds the picnics at its branch locations, to thank its customers and the community and to further introduce the public to SKIL, a local non-profit Independent Living Center. Aaron Ellison is the Independent Living Coordinator who runs the SKIL office in Columbus.

SKIL serves all people with disabilities or those whose environment is disabling. Headquartered in Parsons, SKIL has branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg and Sedan. SKIL also operates Assistive Technology for Kansans sites in Parsons and Wichita, and the K-Loan office in Parsons. For more information, call Parsons SKIL at: 1-800-688-5616 or Columbus SKIL at: 1-866-927-3600 or 620-429-3600 or on the web at: www.skilonline.com.


Final ‘D-Day paintball’ battle takes place in Wyandotte

WYANDOTTE, Okla. – After 24 years of hosting “D-Day paintball,” organizers hold the final battle. The event started to honor a soldier who was at Normandy.

KOAM Photojournalist Ty Parks headed to Wyandotte to check it out. Watch the video above to learn more.