Spongebob Squarepants comes to the Joplin High School

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? “The Spongebob Musical” cast members Emilia Campbell and Briton Szydloski sat down with Tawnya Bach to discuss just that. This family-friendly and fun production runs for just two days – June 24th and 25th but promises to be a great time for everyone! Here’s all the information you need:

  • The Spongebob Musical
  • June 24th & 25th @ 7:00 pm
  • Joplin High School Performing Arts Center
  • $8 for students and seniors & $10 for adults


Click here for more information about “The Spongebob Musical”.

If you’d like more information about the Joplin High School, click on this link.


News to Know: Oklahoma charter school founders face embezzlement charges, and MODOT & KDOT weigh in on a proposed gas holiday

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma law officers arrest three top officials in the state’s Epic Charter Schools program on multiple felony charges. On Thursday the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests of Epic Charter School founders Ben Harris and David Chaney and former Chief Financial Officer Josh Brook. They face a slew of charges including embezzlement of state funds, racketeering and conspiracy to commit a felony. The OSBI says their investigation began nearly a decade ago. Investigators claim the men were involved in a scheme that cost Oklahoma taxpayers more than 22-million dollars.

QUAPAW, Okla. – Authorities deploy a tactical team to end a police standoff in Quapaw, Oklahoma. Marshals responded to a report of shots fired in a domestic disturbance Wednesday. Authorities say they cornered a suspect in a home on Cayuga street in Quapaw. Officials say after he refused to come out, a Cherokee Nation Tactical Team used OC gas to force him from the home. Other people inside were removed safely. Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.  Find more here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden proposes a ‘gas tax holiday’ which would suspend the national gas tax for three months. According to AAA, the Joplin area has the lowest average price for a gallon of gas right now in the state, at $4.44 a gallon. The gas tax holiday, would drop that by around 18 cents. Officials with MODOT say it’s too early to know if the holiday, if approved, would impact current or future projects in the state. KDOT officials say they’re not worried.  Read more about the proposed tax holiday here.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Some 4-staters get a lesson on human trafficking in the work-place. The Crawford County Mental Health Center brought together area human resource professionals for Thursday’s seminar. The guest speaker of the meeting was Adah Hutchcraft, a spiritual care specialist, from Ascension Via Christi. The presentation stressed the importance of observable signs to look for in the workplace and stigmas the professionals should be aware of. The participants were also taught about how to approach sensitive situations involving trafficking to protect the victim and themselves. Read more about the seminar here.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: NCAA athletes can now make a profit from their own name, image or likeness. Some have already begun using their social media following to sign deals and publish books. This morning we are asking if you think student athletes should be allowed to make money from their image? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.


Chef Anthony talks barbecue competition and chops up an amazing salad

Chef Anthony Fischer sits down with Tawnya Bach to talk about the Smokin’ In The Jungle barbecue competition and had some of the prizes on hand, such as a beautiful hand-crafted knife. Judging starts at 2:00 pm on Saturday the 25th. Not only will plenty of great barbecue be on display, but the event serves as a fundraiser to benefit the Pittsburg High School Culinary Dragons and a trip to Italy in 2023. Click here for more information on the competition.


The Chef also came into the studio to prepare a salad with the help of some friends: Aubry Ross, science teacher at Pittsburg High School, and Grayce Chamberlain, a student farmer. As always, the recipe was not only quick and easy to prepare, but fresh and delicious.

Chef Anthony Fischer is a culinary instructor at the Pittsburg High School. Click here for more about PHS.

If you’re interested in more great Chef Anthony segments:

Chef Anthony cooks up a Father’s Day dish and talks up a barbeque competition

Chef Anthony makes a birthday poke cake


News to Know: Springfield Child Abuse and a Joplin organization meets its goal


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Authorities have arrested a Missouri couple accused of abusing their son in ways that might be considered child torture. The probable cause statement says Joseph and Peggy Flores would put their teenage son naked in a puppy cage with two dogs, pour urine on him, and hit him with an extension cord as a form of punishment. Authorities say the parents would refer to their son using racial slurs. Investigators think the abuse began in March of 2020 when the boy was home-schooled during the covid shutdown of Springfield Schools.

JOPLIN, Mo. — COVID-19 vaccines are now available to children as young as six months old, but not every local hospital has them in stock yet. While vaccines are not yet available at Freeman, hospital staff say they plan to meet in a few weeks to discuss available options for children to receive the vaccine. Jessica Liberty, manager of infection prevention at Freeman says it may be time to start having conversations with your pediatrician to determine if your child should be vaccinated.

JOPLIN, Mo. — A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for residents around south Joplin. It was issued after a water main break caused water pressure to drop in the affected area. The advisory affects about 150 customers.

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin United Micro Housing partnership has completed its goal of adding more low-income housing for residents of Joplin. The 500-square feet tiny-duplexes are for low-income individuals trying to become independent. The Joplin United Micro Housing partnership built this program after noticing the rise in homelessness in the community. Catholic charities are also helping families with rental and utility assistance.


Celebrate Neosho has something for everyone

Lauri Lyerla sat down with KOAM’s Tawnya Bach to talk about the upcoming Celebrate Neosho festival. The festival takes place June 25th on and around the Historic downtown Neosho courthouse. You can expect outdoor games and tournaments, kids games and activities, and much, much more!

Lauri Lyerla is CEO at the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for more information about Celebrate Neosho.

Click here if you would like more information about the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce or call 417-451-1925.

You can reach Lauri Lyerla at lauri@neoshocc.com


The Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce sets its sights on the Small Town Showcase

Cavanaugh Studyvin stopped by the KOAM studio to talk to Tawnya Bach about the Small Town Showcase “Featured Five” contest held by Missouri Humanities. Carl Junction hopes to be featured as one of the “Featured Five” small towns in the state and Cavanaugh believes Carl Junction has more than enough praise-worthy attributes for them to qualify!

If you would like to vote in the “Featured Five” contest, simply click the link here.

Cavanaugh Studyvin is the executive director of the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce. Call 417-649-8846 for more information or click here to go to the chamber’s website.

You can also visit the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce at the following address:

  • 205 N. Main Street
  • Carl Junction, MO 64834

Or contact them at the following address:

  • P.O. Box 301
  • Carl Junction, MO 64834

News to Know: Kansas courts rule on gerrymandering, and Pride month boosts sales for Independence business

TOPEKA, Kan. – The highest court in Kansas has declared that the state constitution does not prohibit partisan gerrymandering. On Tuesday the justices split four-three in explaining their reasons for previously upholding a Republican congressional redistricting law. The State Supreme court issued only a brief opinion last month in approving the new congressional map. The court’s majority said the Kansas constitution permits legislators to consider partisan factors in redistricting.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin residents get an update on the process to add East Town to the Historic National Register. The Broadway district of East Town has now been nominated to that register. If it becomes approved it would recognize the significance and history of the area to its community, preserve and archive the generated research, and allow for special funding for the district. The district would need to be approved by the state first, then the federal registry. Read more here.

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – Pride month is celebrated nationwide and in the 4-state area. One small business in Independence, Kansas, is reaping the benefits this June. Magnolias Scents By Design is widely recognized in the community for being proud supporters of LGBTQ+ groups. The store that was started by a gay couple notices an increase in sales every year June. The diverse group of employees and owners have made it their mission to provide an inclusive environment with progressive values.  The couple and employees have continued to make it a mission for their store to grow in acceptance. To learn more click here.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – According to the CDC more than 600 heat-related deaths occur annually in the U.S. One of the most common places is at construction work sites. The construction crew of RFB Construction in Pittsburg say they combat the heat by wearing hats, thin long-sleeved shirts, staying hydrated with water and electrolytes, and adjusting start and stop times. For more tips on staying safe in the heat click here.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: We all call something home…whether it’s a house, a mobile home, an apartment or maybe even an RV. This morning we’re asking where do you call home? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.



News to Know: Watch for sidewalk improvements in Neosho, Juneteenth celebrations underway

NEOSHO, Mo. – Starting this week drivers in Neosho should watch for contractor crews making sidewalk improvements and working close to traffic along Route HH. Improvements include making sidewalks, curb ramps and pedestrian areas conform to Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements along Route HH between South Street and Shartel Road.

JOPLIN, Mo. – June is Pride month, it’s a month that recognizes the 1969 Stonewall riots, fighting for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. Now, it’s more widely celebrated as a month to highlight the LGBTQ community. JOMO Pride isn’t until September, but many Joplin bars host LGBTQ friendly events and shows year-round. Most recently, a new Joplin bar opened last month that aims to be a safe space where *anyone* can go no matter their race, gender, or sexuality. To learn more about Joplin bars celebrating pride month click here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Minnie Hackney Community Service Center is celebrating its inaugural Juneteenth celebration of Southwest Missouri. Organizers held what they called a living history event where different people portrayed historical figures such as Ida B Wells, Josephine Salone Yates, and others. Click here to here from one of the event participants.

JOPLIN, Mo. – This weekend, the East Town Dreams District hosted the 2nd Annual Black Expo at Empire Market. The event aims to invite the community together in celebration of Juneteenth weekend while giving African American vendors and small business owners an opportunity to exposure.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Do you support the legalization of marijuana? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and weigh in on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.



More Power tower project exclusive interview

KOAM’s General Manager Brook Arnold sat down with Tawnya Bach during the KOAM Morning News On Fox 14 to talk about the More Power tower project.

> You can find updates on the More Power project here!

KOAM is replacing its old transmission tower antennas and many people have had some questions about the transition. Brook addressed many of the concerns and questions people have had, from the reasons behind the new tower to digital transmission and on-air signals.

She also addressed details about the transition process and what a viewer will need to make sure they receive a clean KOAM signal when the time comes.


News To Know: Rescue team recovers body, fatal motorcycle crash, gas theft prevention and lifeguard shortage

JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities recover a body in Shoal Creek during their search for a missing man at Joplin’s Grand Falls. Water rescue teams searched the area since receiving a report that a man had gone underwater in the river Tuesday afternoon and never resurfaced. Crews searched for several hours Tuesday evening then resumed the search yesterday using boats and depth sonar. They recovered the body around 6:20 Wednesday evening. Authorities have not yet told the identity of the person. Click here for more information on this story.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – A Webb City man dies from a motorcycle crash in Joplin. On Wednesday police say 28-year-old Juan Gabria Gonzalez-Correa was riding a motorcycle at a high speed at the intersection of Zora and Rangeline. A car coming from the opposite direction made a left turn and the motorcycle hit the car. Gonzalez-Correa later died at the hospital. Click here for more details.

COLUMBUS, Ks. – Another impact of the rising fuel prices: a potential increase in gas thefts. The Cherokee County, Kansas sheriff says while they haven’t seen many of those thefts yet, the thefts typically increase when prices are high. Some tips to help protect yourself: one, get a gas cap with a lock and these usually cost less than 20 dollars. They also recommend park in a well lit area at night and, if possible, in front of a security camera. Click here for more details about this story.

JOPLIN, Mo. – And as you might imagine Joplin’s Schifferdecker Pool is busy during this heatwave, and it’s even more so as the pool at the Cunningham Park is closed due to a lifeguard shortage. It takes about 100 lifeguards to operate Joplin’s three pool, but the city currently suffers well short of that. Cunningham Pool needs about 30 more lifeguards to open.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Pain at the pump! It seems like the price of gas jumps everyday, and even though the Four State area sits below the current national average, we all feel the high price. Not knowing the reasons for the price of gas can add to the frustration, and even when you know the factors – such as taxes, distribution and marketing, refining cost and the price of crude oil – it does not make paying increasingly higher prices at the pump any easier. We want to know how much gas prices have affected you? Click here to weigh in.