‘Pride in the Park’ to be held in Nevada, MO

NEVADA, Mo. – Nevada, Missouri’s Marmaduke park will play host to the first ever Pride in the Park Festival. The event will be Saturday, June 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Four-State Staycation: Zena Suri Alpacas

JAY, Okla. – Normally if you want to see an alpaca in person, you would have to book a flight to South America… or at the least find a nearby zoo. But there’s a ranch near Jay, Oklahoma that not only lets you see the wooly animals, but let’s you pet them as well.

Zena Suri Alpacas was formed by Tom and Kathleen Callan in 2008. Both come from a broadcast journalism background and have since made Northeast Oklahoma home. What started as business geared toward the buying and selling of alpacas, quickly became a local tourist attraction.

People can schedule a visit of the 78 acre ranch where they can make their own fleece, get a tour of the property and of course hangout with the alpacas. You can call (804) 389-2579 to schedule a tour.

For more information visit zenasurialpacas.com


Local children’s author & veteran tackles tough subjects in book series

Brave Mee Book Interview Part 1:

Brave Mee Book Interview Part 2:

ARMA, Kan. – Four-State children’s author and marines veteran Laura Wright talked with Michael Hayslip about her Brave Mee book series and the upcoming reading at ArtForms Gallery in Pittsburg.

On June 1st from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wright will be at ArtForms to read her first book, Brave Mee and the Forest of Tangled Lies. Afterwards she will answer question about self-publishing and the writing process. She will also sign copies of her book.

In the first book, the protagonist “Brave Mee” realizes that she is unhappy and sets out on an adventure to seek out the source of unhappiness. Traveling through the forest of tangled lies, Mee is confronted by three lies, and is assisted by three adorable and relatable characters, to find the truth. Once Mee finds the truth a piece of happiness is restored. The other two books also feature Brave Mee and follow a similar theme.

In the second book, to be published in May 2021, Brave Mee Navigates the Angry Sea of Past Deeds, Mee goes out to sea and soon realizes that anger and resentment are the causes of unhappiness. Assisted by a beautiful blue butterfly, a playful sea serpent, and a knowing turtle, Mee confronts the anger to find forgiveness, including self-forgiveness, restoring a piece of happiness.

In the third book, to be published in June 2021, Brave Mee and the Variety Show of Anxiety, Mee is unaware that the symptoms that Mee is suffering are from anxiety. Mee just knows that it steals happiness. To get that happiness back, Mee goes on an anxiety inducing gameshow, assisted by a bouncing frog, a sweet young rhino, and an elegant fox, Mee must overcome the anxiety to win what is behind the curtains and the bonus round, a piece of happiness.


Four-State Staycation: Brown Mansion

COFFEYVILLE, Kan.  – Built in 1904, the three-story, 16-room Brown Mansion has become a fixture of Coffeyville, Kansas. Once owned by wealthy natural gas tycoon W. P. Brown, the colonial style home now sits on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mansion was designed by Edward Wilder and Thomas Wight. Some features of the home were designed to accommodate Brown’s petite wife, Nancy, who was only 4’11”. Their sole heir to the mansion, Violet Brown sold the home to the Coffeyville Historical Society in 1970.

The mansion has a living room, parlor, music room, library, conservatory, dining room, billiard room, kitchen, maid’s quarters, five bedrooms and three full baths. The basement includes butler’s quarters, additional bath, laundry, wine cellar, single bowling alley, and other storage rooms. The entire third floor is a ballroom.

Tours are given at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Mansion can also be rented for special events such as weddings. More information can be found at coffeyvillehistory.com/brown-mansion


News to Know (5/31/2021)

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Crews in Newton County recover the body of a 12-year-old girl swept away by Shoal Creek. Authorities say they found her body just before 7:00 p.m. yesterday about three miles downstream from Lime Kiln Park. Kaylin went missing last Wednesday after being pulled under the water by strong currents. 34-year-old Trevor Hicks also went under while trying to rescue here. Crews rescued Hicks and transported him to the hospital in critical condition. (Body of 12 year old girl swept away in Shoal Creek found)

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – One man is dead and another behind bars in a homicide investigation in Barry County. Officials with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office say just after 6:00 p.m. yesterday, they received a call of a body in a field near Farm Road 1078 and Farm Road 2140. Deputies found 25-year-old Daylon Michael Anderson of Monett dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Authorities arrested 21-year-old Dylan Rixon Williams of Monett, in connection with the investigation. Williams has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and armed criminal action. (Homicide investigation in Barry County)

ALTOONA, Kan. – After a fire damaged the elementary school in Altoona, Kansas Saturday, members of the community came out to start the cleanup-process. The school’s damage was extensive, two classrooms, a storage room, and the cafeteria were completely destroyed. There’s no word yet on what caused the blaze. Officials say the state fire marshal will investigate. (Community steps in to help following fire at Altoona-Midway Elementary School)

JOPLIN, Mo. – Volunteers came out to Landreth Park Saturday to work on cleaning up after Thursday’s flooding. The Joplin Little League says this is the worst flooding they’ve ever experienced. They say everything is fixable, but to do so will take a lot of time and money, which is difficult because they are a non profit. They hope by cleaning up, they can get ready to play again by Tuesday night. But they say that eventually they will need to move to a new home. (Volunteers from Joplin Little League work to clean Landreth Park)

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