Liberty helps spread a little holiday cheer this holiday season

JOPLIN, Mo — Liberty Utilities and the community team up to bring a little holiday cheer to senior citizens who don’t have family or close friends to celebrate with. Lasting until December 12th, the program gets senior citizens from local agencies to help make their holidays brighter. Lasting until December 12th, you can pick up a list from Liberty at their office 602 S. Joplin AvenueJoplin, Missouri from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Two local food banks tell us how to help them during the holidays

Fox 14 and Westco Home Furnishings team up together to help give the 4-states food during the holidays. Fox 14’s 16th annual Feed the 4-States is happening until December 31st. We had Kelly Pulliam — the Operations Manager of Wesley House in Pittsburg — and Rodney Rambo — Executive Director for Crosslines Churches of Joplin — stop by. They tell us how you making a donation to them helps them feed those who need it most. If you want to make a donation to Feed the 4-States you can do so at our website until December 31st.

SEK Animal Advocates hosts a Santa Paws picture event

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Do you want a picture of your dog with Santa? Well, the SEK Animal Advocates has the event just for you. Happening at the Crawford County Historical Museum — there are several options and costs for photos. Plus, you can get a cute ornament for your tree! Options and prices are as follows:

  • a 14×6 photo and 4 wallets – $10
  • 14×6, 2 wallets, and an ornament – $15
  • 4×6 only – $5
  • 2 wallets and an ornament – $6
  • 4 wallets – $5

All proceeds from the photos will benefit SEK Animal Advocates to provide homeless dogs with basic veterinary care needed and to help them find their “fur-ever” home.

Charlene Patton teaches us to make spicy party nuts

Charlene Patton from the Kansas Soybean Commission is back in the studio! Today, she teaches us how to make spicy party nuts. Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon smoky flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup roasted edamame
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup cashews


  1. Combine in a mixing bowl: melted margarine, smoky flavoring, and hot pepper sauce.
  2. In a large bowl: add edamame, pecans, walnuts, and cashews; add the margarine mixture and stir to coat the nuts.
  3. Add chili powder, curry powder, and salt to the nut mixture; stir to coat the nuts.
  4. Spread nuts on a baking pan covered with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until nuts are crisp and toasted. Stir occasionally.

The SEK Humane Society introduces us to Maverick

Jasmine Kyle — Director of the SEK Humane Society — stopped by the studio with Maverick. Not only did she introduce us to Maverick — she talked about pictures with Santa at the Meadowbrook Mall. Your dog can get an adorable picture with Santa for $5. The event is happening between 5 PM and 8 PM. Another thing happening at the shelter is reduced adoption fees!  Happening from December 9th – 11th you can adopt a dog for $10 and a cat for $20. The best part is they’re all neutered/spade and come microchipped in case they ever get lost.  Plus, you get to help give an animal in need a new home!


Upcoming performances via the Springfield Symphony Orchestra

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Celebrating and promoting the arts is important. So, we brought in a special guest to talk about upcoming performances with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Rachel Lambert — the market director for the symphony — made her way down to the studio. She shared with us what’s upcoming at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield.

In Love at Christmas

  • December 10th at 7:30 PM
  • December 11th at 2:30
  • Cost: Between $32 & $60 for tickets

Holiday Matinee:

  • December 10th at 2:3o
  • The cost is $0
  • It’s their free annual holiday concert

You can call 417-864-6683 for more information or go to their website for more information.

Wildcat Wednesday: 4-H Record Books

Will Morris from the K-State Extension office stops by the studio to talk about 4-H Record Books. For those not in 4-H — it’s a book that keeps track of details of projects. From the financials to what it even is. Will sat with Tawnya to talk about the importance of them to those in 4-H.


Previous Wildcat Wednesday Segments:

Wildcat Wednesday: What are champion trees?

Making a soy-based turkey casserole with Charlene Patton

Charlene Patton from the Kansas Soybean Commission stops by the studio and teaches us how to make a turkey casserole. However, this isn’t just any casserole — it’s soy-based! Want to make it yourself? Well here’s how!

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup soy cream cheese
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup soy sour cream
  • ½ cup plain soy beverage
  • 1/3 cup instant rice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and sauté onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic.
  2. Add soy cream cheese and stir to combine.
  3. Lower heat; add turkey, cheese, soy sour cream, soy beverage, rice, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper;
    stir to combine.
  4.  Spoon the mixture into greased 8×8-inch baking dish.
  5.  Combine panko bread crumbs and melted margarine.
  6.  Sprinkle crumb topping over turkey casserole.
  7. Bake uncovered

Carl Junction and its upcoming Christmas parade

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Cavanaugh Studyvin stops by our studio to talk about the upcoming Christmas parade in the city. Hosted by the Carl Junction Lions Club — the theme for the parade is “a small-town Christmas.”  If you’d like to attend the parade it is on December 4th at 2 PM on Carl Junction’s Main Street.

Joplin’s first ever JoMo GameCon

JOPLIN, Mo. — An event for those that love video games is coming to Joplin this weekend: Joplin’s first-ever JoMo GameCon! It started with an event held by the youth pastor at Celebration Joplin. What started out as a LAN party bloomed into a first-ever GameCon! With games, cosplay, tournaments, guest speakers, vendors, and more — there’s something for everyone to check out. Do you have any questions? Want to know more about the event? Then you can check out their Facebook or email them at