Huey and Cobra take a break at Joplin Regional Airport

JOPLIN, Mo. – Friday afternoon just before 3 p.m. our friend Stephen Miller caught a “Huey” helicopter and “Cobra” heilicopter taking off from the Joplin Regional Airport. You have seen his images many places before, he is known as Reflections of Life Photography. Click to take a look. Thanks Stephen!

Sources tell us the two military helicopters were refueling and taking a break on to their unknown destination.

A Bell AH-1G in flight
Role Attack helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight 7 September 1965
Introduction 1967
Retired 2001 (US Army)
Status In service
Primary users United States Army (historical)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Republic of Korea Army
Royal Jordanian Air Force
Produced 1967–2019
Number built 1,116
Developed from Bell UH-1 Iroquois
Variants Bell AH-1 SeaCobra/SuperCobra
Bell 309 KingCobra














A Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Role Utility helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight 20 October 1956 (XH-40)
Introduction 1959
Status In service
Primary users United States Army (historical)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Australian Army (historical)
See Operators section for others
Produced 1956–1987
Number built >16,000
Variants Bell UH-1N Twin Huey
Bell 204/205
Bell 212
Developed into Bell AH-1 Cobra
Bell 214
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Wyandotte Nation holds Summer Youth Intern Program

WYANDOTTE, Okla. — Wyandotte Nation is holding its Summer Youth Intern Program.

The intern program is for tribal youth who are a part of the Wyandotte Nation.

Assignments in the program range from education, fitness, elder services, and gaming.

It also provides the opportunity to learn more about their heritage.


Joplin group holds rally following overturn of Roe v. Wade

JOPLIN, Mo.–Now that the supreme court has struck down Roe v Wade, a Missouri trigger law now effectively ends access to legal abortion in the state

“We all knew it was coming,” said Jamie Lindsey, Editor and Chief of Julie Joplin Media. “They had with the leak that came out a few months ago, like they had told us, that this is essentially what it was going to be. So we all knew it was going to happen any day.”

After the supreme court ruled to overturn roe v wade, Missouri’s trigger law went into place, essentially banning most abortions in the state.

Some women like Natalie Noel say they fear what comes next.

“As a young woman, I think it’s a really scary day in America and in Missouri,” Noel said.

In reaction to the ruling, Julie Joplin Media held a rally Friday evening in opposition of the decision.

Melissa Antone, a Joplin resident in attendance says she showed up to protest the government regulating women’s health.

“It is not the government’s position or place to get involved in medical decisions about a person’s body. And…I think we could all agree, I can’t think of one law that regulates a man’s body. And so this is just a matter of health care privacy,” Antone said.

Missouri’s trigger law bans all abortions in the state except in cases of medical emergency, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Noel said the lack of exceptions scares her.

“I was really scared, especially with there being no exceptions for rape or incest…my biggest fear is that people are going to die. I think whenever you ban abortion, you don’t ban abortion. You ban safe, legal abortion. Women are going to die trying to give themselves at home abortions.”

Not only was the rally a way for people to voice their opinions following the ruling, Lindsey said it was also a space for women to support one another.

“I really wanted to make sure that we had networks around the area, people that we can just turn to and go to whenever we need help or support questions,” she said.

“We want people out there who maybe are afraid, like we are, to know they’re not alone. There’s a support system here. But second, when we’re done making our voices heard here on the street, we’re going to go have a planning session and we’re gonna figure out what we can do today. This week.”

Missouri has become the first state in the country to effectively end abortion following the supreme court decision.


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.


Garbage truck catches fire on US-59 near Elwood Junction

NEWTON, COUNTY, Mo. — About 1:30 p.m. Friday reports along US-59 near Elwood Junction a garbage truck that was showing fire.

Neosho Rural Fire, Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Deputies responded. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

The truck was traveling south on US-59.

Witnesses tell us traffic was limited at first and then came to a complete stop as the garbage truck pulled over became fully involved.

No reports of injuries.

M&M Wrecker were summoned to remove the WCA Garbage truck.

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Carver Cemetery wall rebuild

DIAMOND, Mo. — Concrete is a basic ingredient in constructing most kinds of walls, but it’s not being used to rebuild one of the Four State’s most historic walls.

Rocks may last for millions of years, but that’s not always the case for rock walls. Case in point, the structure that surrounds the graveyard at the historic Carver National Monument.

For the first time since it was built, it’s getting a complete makeover thanks to a historic preservation crew from the National Park Service.

The project is being paid for by the Legacy Restoration Fund through the Great American Outdoors Act.

“It was constructed in the 50s and then over time, you know, there were repairs that were done here and there, but this is the first full-scale restoration of the wall,” said James Heaney, Park Superintendent, Carver National Monument.

But this particular wall is being constructed without concrete.

“So dry stone masonry is all about gravity and friction. So, when your doing dry stack walls, retaining walls, you build them with a little bit of batter or back lean instead of building them plum and so if they’re ever falling into what they’re retaining, they’re gonna last a lot longer,” said Derek Beitner, Mason, N.P.S. Historic Preservation Crew.

You can tell how this inner portion of the existing wall has lost its structural integrity, and the goal is to rebuild it to look just like it did when it was first built.

Workers disassemble sections of the wall then decide which stones they want to keep, and then they add new stones along with those to rebuild that section.

Although George Washington Carver himself, his mother, father, and brother weren’t laid to rest here, Moses Carver and his wife Susan, who helped raise George after his mother’s disappearance, as well as several other carver family members are.

Even though some of the rock used to rebuild the wall will be new, it will be hard to differentiate.

“It’s basically the same material. It’s a mix of chert and sandstone found fairly locally so it should match up, and it’s about the same stuff really,” said Derek Beitner, Mason, N.P.S. Historic Preservation Crew.

The $272,000 project started last week and is expected to be finished in late July.


Very hot and humid Friday and Saturday; Relief by Sunday

Friday and Saturday will likely see dangerous heat and humidity. Temperatures today will warm into the middle 90s with a heat index about ten degrees above that. Southerly winds will pick up overnight as we only cool into the upper 70s with mostly clear skies. The Four States will warm to near 100° tomorrow with another heat index potentially near 110° in the afternoon.

Rain chances will increase Saturday night into Sunday morning along the passage of a cold front. Rain will not be continuous or long-lasting, but spotty showers look possible during this time. Everyone will see temperatures cool into the 80s for Sunday and into early next week. Enjoy the more comfortable air while it’s here, because temperatures will warm back into the 90s by the middle of next week.


TRAFFIC ALERT: I-49 Bridges Over Opossum, Coon Creeks in Jasper Co. Reduced to One Lane June 27-29

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Contractor crews will soon be working to repair bridge and driving surfaces over Opossum and Coon Creeks reducing traffic to one lane during that time.

Beginning Monday (7 AM – 7 PM), June 27th crews will start work on northbound I-49/Coon Creek bridge near Mile Mark 67 and southbound I-49/Opossum Creek bridge near Mile Marker 65. Work will last until Wednesday, June 29th.

This will reduce both bridges to one lane in each direction and the speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph through work zones.


FBI investigating Kansas Co. officials for misuse of COVID-19 money

SHERMAN COUNTY (KSNT) – The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has announced that federal investigators are involved in examining the case of misappropriated COVID-19 relief money by local county officials.

The sheriff’s office acknowledges the coverage of the “alleged corruption” that was brought to light by 27 News’ Kansas Capitol Bureau in a Facebook post. According to the sheriff’s office, they are aware of the issue and have referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as this case involves federal funds.

The sheriff’s office goes on to say that the FBI is currently gathering information and evidence regarding this case and are preparing their findings for presentation to the U.S. Attorney Office for determination of prosecution.

Further details won’t be released as this is an ongoing investigation. When Kansas Capitol Bureau reached out to the FBI for comment on the case, a representative said confirmed that no details would be released regarding current cases. Lastly, Sherman County Sheriff’s Office said that they are prepared to pursue charges locally should it become necessary.

27 News’ Kansas Capitol Bureau first broke the story on the missing COVID-19 relief money in Sherman County on June 22. A new update to the original story contains direct quotes from a June 23 Sherman County Board of Commissioners’ “special meeting.”

To see the full Facebook quote from the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, see below:

Many Sherman County Citizens have been inquiring about the breaking news story of the alleged corruption in Sherman County. The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has known about this and has referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since this incident involved Federal funds. The FBI has been investigating and gathering evidence in this case. They are preparing their findings for presentation to the US Attorney Office for determination of prosecution. Because this is an ongoing investigation, I can not comment on further details. Please know the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office is prepared to pursue charges locally should it become necessary.

Sherman County Sherriff’s Office, Facebook page

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Gov. Parson Signs Proclamation to End Elective Abortions in Missouri

The following is a release from the Office of Governor Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Friday, in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Governor Mike Parson signed a proclamation giving legal effect to Section 188.017 RSMo and activating the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act.”

“Nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the United States Constitution gave un-elected federal judges authority to regulate abortion. We are happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions,” Governor Parson said.

“With Roe v. Wade overturned and statutory triggers provided in HB 126, we are issuing this proclamation to restore our state authority to regulate abortion and protect life. Thanks to decades of conservative leaders, Missouri has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation, and our Administration has always fought for the life of every unborn child. Today, our efforts have produced what generations of Missourians have worked and prayed for: Today, we have won our fight to protect innocent life,” Governor Parson continued.

Governor Parson’s proclamation notifies the Missouri Revisor of Statutes of the effective date of Section 188.017 RSMo.

Section 188.017, or the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act,” includes several provisions:

  • Prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless there is a medical emergency;
  • Creates criminal liability for any person who knowingly performs or induces a non-medical emergency abortion and subjects his or her professional license to suspension; and
  • Protects any woman who receives an illegal abortion from being prosecuted in violation of the Act. 

The “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” was included in HB 126 and contingent upon the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade in whole or in part. Governor Parson signed HB 126 in 2019. 

Governor Parson’s Administration is coordinating with the Missouri Attorney General to quickly resolve any litigation against HB 126 before the Courts that is currently preventing implementation of the law.

See attachment for the proclamation that has been signed by Governor Parson and sent to the Secretary of State’s Office to be attested.