Update: Road open; Injury crash shuts down westbound lane of Will Rogers Turnpike near Miami

Update: 6:13 p.m. Highway open. Closed for one hour.


MIAMI, Okla. – The westbound lane of the Will Rogers Turnpike at mile marker 309 is shut down due to an injury crash, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported on Sunday.

Traffic is being diverted at Miami gate, mile marker 313, the patrol reported.


Sunny, calm and more fall-like weather to end September

After a ten degree drop in temperatures on Sunday, temperatures will likely only warm to the upper 70s for Monday afternoon. Temperatures will begin near 50° and we’ll see a lot of sunshine with a nice northerly breeze to start the week. Winds will shift out of the south as we enter Tuesday, which will be a touch warmer than Monday. As we sit in a calm weather pattern, expect a lot of sunshine, dry conditions and temperatures just above average this week.


Joplin Humane Society in need of donations

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some local furry friends are in need of donations.

The “Joplin Humane Society’s” community food bank is dangerously low.

Officials with the humane society say they are in need of dog and cat food for all ages of animals.

They will take any brand and any amount of pet food and there are donation bins in Joplin available for drop offs.

These red bins can be found outside of the “Joplin Humane Society,” as well as at “Champions Feed Store” and “Food-4-Less” in Joplin.

The humane society is also currently in need of cleaning supplies of any kind.

Officials ask that cleaning supplies not be left in the food drop off bins, but they can be dropped off at the humane society’s door.

You can also always donate online through the humane society’s “amazon” wish list.

If you’re interested in donating, you can do so here.


Serving a beloved community member

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some helping hands have been hard at work giving back to the community.

Throughout the week and into the weekend, “Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity” has been working with local construction companies and retired police officers to restore the house of a beloved community member.

J.D. Love served as a Joplin police officer for nearly three decades and as a Jasper County coroner for three years.

His house has been in need of some repair, and thanks to some volunteers, J.D. now has a new roof and a garage door.

Volunteers also dedicated this weekend to replacing vinyl siding and giving the yard a big clean up.

“I think there’s really only two things that you can control in life. And that is, how hard you work and how you treat others and being kind. And what we have here is a combination of those two things that you do have control over and that is to be kind and to work hard and here’s what we have here today. So, it’s a great reflection of the good part of the human spirit,” said Scott Clayton, Executive Director for the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity.

“It is wonderful. Like I said awhile ago, I didn’t expect it, but you know, it’s great to me, to the wife and I just think it’s a wonderful thing,” said J.D. Love, a retired Joplin police officer.

During work breaks volunteers took time to visit with J.D., to thank him for his years of service to our community.


Boy ran over by parade float in Stockton, Mo. seriously injured

STOCKTON, Mo. — Saturday afternoon about 3:30 p.m. a 12-year-old was run over by a parade float being pulled during the Walnut Festival Parade.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt M.D. Adams releases details in his initial report.

Kiley Robert, 47, of Fair Play, Mo. was driving a 2014 Chevy Silverado in the parade northbound on North St.

The boy, 12, suffered serious injuries and was flown by aircraft to Mercy Springfield.

“[Chevy] was pulling a parade float when passenger fell off the right side and was run over by the towed unit of [Chevy].” — Sgt M.D. Adams, Cedar Co., Troop D

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Explainer: Trail of lights in the north sky, what was it?

JOPLIN, Mo. — Messages, calls, texts, videos started coming in about 8:15 p.m. Sunday evening to Joplin News First.

  • “What are these lights in the sky to the northeast?” K.H.
  • “Did you see this in the sky it wasn’t a jet!” S.B.
  • “You get any messages about a line of lights flying over minute ago?” B.J.

On Saturday SpaceX launched a Falcon rocket that released 52 new satellites to join the chain of thousands of that are known as STARLINK.

What everyone saw was a line of the STARLINK satellites. They bring the internet to remote areas of the world.

“As of September 2022, SpaceX has over 2,300functioning Starlink satellites in orbit. and over 500,000 active subscribers. They continue to launch up to 53 more satellites per Falcon 9 flight.” — SPACEX

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Local church hosts 9th annual Potato Feed & Auction

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Mount Mariah United Methodist Church today hosted its 9th Annual Baked Potato Feed and Silent Auction.

The event began at 5:00 p.m. and participants enjoyed potatoes baked to perfection, all while raising funds for the local church.

The event featured items to bid on from local businesses that made donations to the cause.

Watch KOAM and Fox 14 Evening News tonight to watch the whole story.

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Neosho church kicks off family event


NEOSHO, Mo. – The First Free Will Baptist Church in Neosho today celebrated its community with free food, fun, and games.

Officials say the event featured:

  •  Music
  • Sermon
  • Food
  • Pony rides
  • Barrel train rides
  • Kids games
  • Door prizes

To learn more click here or watch KOAM and Fox 14 Evening News tonight at 9:00 p.m.


Weekend Wrap (Sept. 24 & 25)

Police pursuit ends with two dead in officer involved shooting

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — Saturday morning, September 24, just before 3 a.m. Ozark Missouri Police initiated a traffic stop on a suspected DWI driver near US-65 and MO-14. The Chevy passenger car fled. The Ozark Police officer did not initiate pursuit. Click here to learn more.

FBI offer $30,000 reward to locate missing man, connected to Southwest Missouri

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The FBI is offering a reward up to $30,000 for a missing man with connections to Southwest Missouri. Some of the man’s belongings were recovered in Eagle Rock, Mo. in Barry County. Click here to learn more.

Longtime Carthage R-9 administrator passes away

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Saturday, September 24, 2022, Carthage R-9 schools release information that a longtime beloved administrator has died. Click here to learn more.

Woman assaulted at storage units on Rangeline

JOPLIN, Mo. — Just after 7 p.m. Friday evening Joplin Police, Joplin Fire Rescue and METS ambulance responded to report of a female who had been physically assaulted at 2629 S Rangeline, Public Storage. Click here to learn more.


Local museum teaches residents what it’s like to be a pioneer

GROVE, Okla. – The Harber Village Museum on Grand Lake today hosted the last day of its Pioneer Days family event.

The event features heritage craftspeople who perform various skills like:

  • Blacksmithing and Tinsmithing
  • Weaving and Spinning
  • Basket weaving
  • Lace making
  • Daguerreotype photography,
  • Printing press demonstrations
  • Broom making
  • Banjo making

Officials say the heritage craftsmen and women offer an authentic learning experience for all ages and hobbies.

Some of the main draws of the event are the Living History Demonstrations which include:

  • Churning butter and hearth cooking
  • Making sausage
  • Old-fashioned games
  • Making dyes

Among these activities are other hands-on opportunities like using a loom, dipping candles, and creating old-fashioned toys.

Click here to learn more.