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Humboldt man killed in a wreck with a semi

NEOSHO COUNTY, Kan. – A man dies following a crash in Neosho County, Kansas.

It happened Monday a little before 1:00 p.m. on K-47 at Elk Road. Kansas Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 71-year-old Carol Hucke of Parsons, Kansas and her passenger 71-year-old Charles Greer of Humboldt, Kansas were traveling east when they turned in front of a semi.

The semi hit the passenger side of the car, killing Greer. Hucke was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

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Crowder College hosts showcase for nursing students

NEOSHO, Mo. – Crowder College’s nursing program hosted a showcase Tuesday. It was aimed at showing prospective and pre-nursing students what they’ll be learning.

“(It’s a) short day to give you enough to get excited about nursing,” said Kristi Chatman of Crowder of College. “Hopefully today students leave feeling like ‘yes, nursing is where I want to be,’ or some ‘ok, this gave me just enough to understand maybe I want to go a different track.”

The future nurses saw a simulation lab and learned about being a nurse during a pandemic.

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Health experts remind residents to follow COVID-19 precautions

NEOSHO, Mo. – As COVID-19 cases remain high, its important to continue taking steps to protect yourself and others from the virus.

Newton County Health Director Larry Bergner says you should remain vigilant about washing your hands, social distancing and wearing masks when recommended. He also says cleaning surfaces regularly can help stop the spread.

“Certainly those disinfectants are effective,” said Bergner. “And so making sure that all of our services are clean, plenty of sanitizer, your hand sanitizer. So at the hand sink in those establishments, the food service establishments, and others restrooms.”

So far around 43 percent of people in Newton County have gotten at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

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News To Know (07/19/2021)

Atlanta, Ga- New covid-19 cases have spiked almost 70 percent in the U.S. over the past week, while 8 states are seeing rapidly rising infections. A new CBS news poll shows that a majority of Americans are worried about the more contagious Delta Variant.  It’s the fully vaccinated who are more concerned than the unvaccinated.

Joplin, Mo- Authorities say they’ve identified a body found Friday, July 16, evening in Shoal Creek in Joplin. The Joplin Police Department says it was 46-year-old, Brandon Vickers, of Joplin, Missouri. Saturday rescue crews from Joplin, Neosho and Redings Mill recover Vickers body from Shoal Creek near McIndoe Park after kayakers spotted the body around 5:30 Friday evening. Officials say detectives are conducting an active death investigation.

Oswego, Ks- 4-State summer rains can sometimes result in flooded parks, and that was certainly the case for our friends in Oswego, Kansas over the weekend.  The situation at Danny Elliot Park, but that didn’t keep a handful of people from coming down and checking out the watery scene. One park visitor who brought his son to see the water in their usual play area , he tells KOAM that he estimates, the Danny Elliot Park floods like this two or three times per summer.

Neosho, Mo- The City of Neosho announced Sunday, July 18 that there will be two road closures in town starting today. Hill Street will be closed to all traffic from Neosho Boulevard to Oak Ridge Drive. This is to allow work to be done to realign the street for the new construction of the Neosho school district’s performing arts center. Sherman Street will also be closed from Oak Ridge Drive to Highland Place, it will be open only to residents. These streets will be closed until further notice.

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Authorities Say Plane Crash Victims Not from Four States

((COLORADO)) Authorities have identified the couple as Kathleen Velazco, 65, and Antenor Velazco, 73, of Jonesboro, Georgia. A dog also died in the crash.

Preliminary findings from the Federal Aviation Administration say the couple’s sing-engine Lancair Evolution crashed shortly before 2 PM Wednesday afternoon in Englewood, Colorado. Neosho city leaders tell us the plane landed at the Hugh Robinson Airport just before noon Wednesday, after flying in from Atlanta. Investigators say as it was making its approach into Centennial Airport, just outside of Denver, it hit power lines and crashed.

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SW Missouri senior centers to full reopen July 12

 

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Area Agency on Aging Region X (AAAX) announced all seven of its senior centers in Southwest Missouri will fully reopen on July 12. That includes centers in Barton County, Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, Joplin, Neosho and McDonald County.

Jennifer Shotwell, AAAX CEO, says, “After having our soft opening in May and June we feel that we are in a great position to fully open the centers. Vaccination rates have increased, and cases of COVID-19 have decreased overall.”

Each center will resume all activities (pool, bingo, lunch, cards, puzzles, exercise classes, quilting, etc.) everyday Monday thru Friday with no limitation on capacity.  The Agency is adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that vaccinated patrons do not have to wear a mask or socially distance. However if a patron or staff member contracts COVID-19, AAAX will close the affecter center without notice.

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Live music returns to Neosho’s Big Spring Park

NEOSHO, Mo. – People in Neosho were invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy some music.

“Live Music in Big Spring Park” was sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council. It featured family-friendly music from performers like harmony street, folk roll, and whiskey outlaws.

The event was free of charge.

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Viewers submit photos of area flooding

Local residents share their flood photos with KOAM News. You can submit yours below.

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Neosho discusses performing arts center partnership with the school district

NEOSHO, Mo. – The City of Neosho, Missouri and the Neosho School District are looking into a partnership regarding the construction of a new performing arts center at the school.

The city will waive some project fees in exchange for the school district handling construction features including: two crosswalks and sidewalks, rerouting hill street north of the high school and improving storm water handling at the site.

“I appreciate their willingness to work with us, said Neosho School Superintendent Jim Cummins. “It’s one of those situations where we are all kind of here to support our kids and our town. They got to think about their bottom line, and we’ve got to think about ours.”

The Neosho City Council Tuesday considered initial approval of the agreement. The council also voted to accept a $2.5 million grant to address flooding issues.

The city is contributing $150,000 to that effort.