Miami superintendent apologizes; explains decision keeping schools open Monday

MIAMI, Okla. – Recent weather advisories in Miami, Oklahoma have raised concerns about the safety of in person learning. So when Miami Public Schools announced they would be in session Monday morning, parents were frustrated.


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“It’s icy, my driveway my porch, everything was just covered in ice,” said Miami mother Heather Vana.

Although she was nervous to drive in today’s slippery conditions, she believed having her kids stay home would cause them to fall behind.

“All I was thinking is should I make that call of keeping my kids home or not,” says Vana. “And I was like I’m gonna do it because if not, my kids are going to be counted absent.”

Miami school superintendent Jeremy Hogan clarified that they want to work with students who originally stayed home

“We had families who kept kids home today which is perfectly fine,” said Hogan.

He says Monday morning he felt comfortable that the school district could get students to class safely, but once the weather took a turn so did their decision

“I apologize, it was a mistake,” confessed Hogan. “If I could roll back time we wouldn’t have had school today, but we did and we worked to ensure they were safe in the school buildings. And if we could get them home earlier in a safe manner, we would do that.”

Later that morning Hogan issued out an apology and allowed parents to pick their kids up at any time in the day, to make up for any issues that came from bringing them to school. Hogan says the district makes sure to use data from the National Weather Service, as well as from local officials to ensure they are making the safest possible decision for staff and students.

Miami Public Schools cancelled school on Tuesday.



Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Marty Schottenheimer, who won 200 regular-season games with four NFL teams thanks to his “Martyball” brand of smash-mouth football but regularly fell short in the playoffs, has died. He was 77.

Schottenheimer died Monday night at a hospice in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through Bob Moore, former Kansas City Chiefs publicist. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. He was moved to a hospice on Jan. 30.

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history. He went 200-126-1 in 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.

His success was rooted in “Martyball,” a conservative approach that featured a strong running game and tough defense. He hated the then-Oakland Raiders and loved the mantra, “One play at a time,” which he’d holler at his players in the pre-kickoff huddle.

Winning in the regular season was never a problem. Schottenheimer’s teams won 10 or more games 11 times, including a glistening 14-2 record with the Chargers in 2006 that earned them the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

It’s what happened in January that haunted Schottenheimer, who was just 5-13 in the postseason.

His playoff demons followed him to the end of his career.

In his final game, on Jan. 14, 2007, Schottenheimer’s Chargers, featuring NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and a cast of Pro Bowlers, imploded with mind-numbing mistakes and lost a home divisional round playoff game to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 24-21.

A month later, owner Dean Spanos stunned the NFL when he fired Schottenheimer, mostly because of a personality clash between the coach and strong-willed general manager A.J. Smith.

Schottenheimer was 44-27 with the Cleveland Browns from 1984-88, 101-58-1 with Kansas City from 1989-98; 8-8 with Washington in 2001 and 47-33 with San Diego from 2002-06.


Nixa assistant principal facing child porn charges fired

NIXA, Mo. – An assistant principal at a southwest Missouri junior high school who is facing charges related to child pornography has been fired by the local school board.

The Springfield Leader-News reports that the Nixa school board voted Monday to fire 41-year-old Colby Fronterhouse. Fronterhouse was charged last month in federal court with sexual exploitation of a child for the purpose of producing child pornography. A court affidavit says Fronterhouse pretended to be a 14-year-old girl sending sexually explicit messages to a 13-year-old boy. Federal authorities said Fronterhouse gained access to the victim’s cell phone through school records.

He had been on administrative leave from the junior high until the board’s vote to fire him Monday.

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News to Know (2/9/2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial gets underway in the Senate today. The first day of the proceedings will consist of a debate and vote as to whether the trial itself is constitutional. Former President Trump faces a single article of impeachment… it accuses him of inciting the January 6th attack on the U-S Capitol.

NEVADA, Mo. – Authorities in Nevada, Missouri arrested two suspects in an early Saturday morning raid looking for drugs at a Nevada motel. There they found evidence — about a quarter of a pound of meth, money, and a handgun — among other things. Authorities also arrested two people during the raid. Those suspects are 30 year old Emily Collar of Nevada and 35 year old Joshua Stoneking of Independence, Missouri. Both are charged with second degree trafficking drugs and delivery of a controlled substance. Stoneking is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri tasked nine regional groups across the state with making sure black and latino communities had equitable access to covid-19 vaccines, but the effort is off to a slow start. Just 5% of doses in Missouri have gone to black residents even though black people make up about 11.5% of the state’s population. But regional officials say the effort is being hampered by a lack of state funding and confusion about what they see as vague state expectations.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin city staff has come up with a master plan aimed at growing and improving the city’s many parks over the next decade. It’s called the “Joplin Parks and Recreation Road Map,” and it has five main goals – including educating the masses, cultivating health and wellness, improving connectivity, developing destinations, and prioritizing safety.

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Joplin ready to present its parks master plan to city council


JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin city staff has come up with a master plan to upgrade and possibly even expand on Joplin’s many parks, and they’ll soon be presenting it to the city council.

The city says it has one of the largest municipal park departments in the entire state, and city management believes growing and maintaining those parks is integral to improving life in Joplin.

“Parks in this day and age are seen as an economic development driver. We need to make sure that we’ve got something that is a destination for Joplin so that we’re attracting others,” said Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards.

After receiving input from Joplin residents, the park plan’s authors zeroed in on 5 main goals they think will improve the city’s parks systems. They include prioritizing safety, educating the masses, cultivating health and wellness, improving connectivity, and developing destinations.

“One of the big themes in the parks master plan is the idea of creating more destination-like parks. A lot of our parks could stand to have a good upgrade. There are other amenities that the community wants such as some trails and connectivity efforts,” said Edwards.

Attracting visitors and new residents is the goal of every growing city, but city officials say the parks plan was also developed with oplin’s 50,000 current residents in mind, which is why a big part of the plan is keeping those parks many Joplinites have grown up with in tip top shape.

“There’s also some infrastructure things that we need to address with your traditional lighting and security systems, and other things we need to do to protect our parks and protect our citizens,” said Edwards.

If you’d like to take a look at the entire 159 page Joplin Parks and Recreation Roadmap which is meant to guide the growth of the city’s parks for the next decade, click here.


A local ministry is preparing for Super Bowl LV

JOPLIN, Mo. — A local ministry is preparing for Super Bowl LV.

The Watered Gardens Ministries “Worth Shop” is celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs while raising money for a good cause.

Heather Sales, Worth Shop Partner, says, “It feels good. It feels like I’m contributing to something greater.”

Watered Garden Ministries “Worth Shop” is creating Chiefs bracelets from Leather And Copper.

The craft is helping those in need earn clothing, food and a place to stay.

Volunteers work alongside the partners teaching them how to make the crafts.

“I worked on a couple different projects from dyeing the leather that they used for the coffee mugs to signing the journals that they use with the leather as well. I made the bags and what not that they cut and make into blankets.”

Partners say it feels good making the crafts and helping others.

“It helps me by getting me the things I need and feeling a little more at ease with my day knowing that i did something to help somebody else.”

Worth shop recycles copper from old air conditioners and radiators to create the bracelets.

Clayton Patrick, Worth Shop Director, says, “We know that these are things that have been thrown away in the past and like some of the people we work with we know there’s value in things that can be done. So we take things that maybe part of the community has thrown out and we rework them and make them into something profitable and beautiful.”

Worth Shop came up with the idea last year after the Chief’s went to the Super Bowl.

“We tried doing this last year, but we got a late start so we were excited that the chiefs were successful again this year so we could do it again and had some good support from the community buying these and wearing these around.”

The bracelets come in three different sizes and all the money goes back to the ministry.

Leather cuffs cost $12and the copper cuff costs $10.

To buy a cuff go here.


JPD issuing alert due to emergency road conditions


Due to deteriorating road and driving conditions, the Joplin Police Department is officially going to Emergency Road Conditions. JPD has worked 5 vehicle crashes and currently have 8 crashes holding and are continuing to receive calls on additional crashes. During emergency road conditions officers will not be responding to non-injury crashes. Drivers will have to exchange information. We ask that everyone please stay off the road if at all possible. If you have to venture out, please drive with extreme caution.

There is also a multi-vehicle pile up on 171 in the Southbound lanes just northeast of Carterville.

As of 4:30pm MODOT shows there are 23 incidents impacting travel.


Newton County Library will now have free Wi-Fi for residents

STELLA, Mo. — There is a new way for Eastern Newton County residents to have access to internet service.

With the help of an $11,000 broadband grant, the Newton County Library in Neosho was able to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots.

Some of them can be checked out at the library right now, but Carrie Cline wanted to save a few for all of Eastern Newton County residents who don’t have access to internet.

The hotspots are LSTA provided so they have filtering on what people can access while on the internet, there is no password, and the Wi-Fi is free of charge for all residents.

This will provide signal for phone calls and have internet access for classes.

Carrie Cline Library Director, says, “Just because you live in a rural area does not mean you should be restricted in what you are able to do.”

Locations for the hotspots are at the senior center in Stella, Fairview at the community center, one is at the country cupboard in Stark City, and a few in Diamond until next fall.


Big Apple Travel Center recognized as a top truck stop in America

JOPLIN, Mo. — Truck drivers have determined the best truck stops in America and one of Joplin’s has made the list.

The Big Apple Travel Center, located off Exit 13 on Interstate 44, has been named the second best for independent truck stops for 2020 in the nation.

Rankings were determined by driver reviews using the trucker path mobile app — which was then compiled into a list of the 20 best stops.

More than one-million drivers then voted on which stops were most deserving to be in the top five.

The Big Apple Travel Center will receive a window decal that will be displayed at the store, honoring their achievement.

Big Apple opened for business on Prigmor Avenue just last year,


Valentines Day fundraiser held by YMCA

JOPLIN, Mo. –If you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day treats, listen up!

The Joplin Family YMCA is preparing boxes of ten chocolate covered strawberries for $20.

You only have through tomorrow to pre-order a box.

To do that, you can call the YMCA at 417-781-9622, or you can stop by their facility.

After tomorrow, it’ll be first come, first serve for cash only, until they run out of supply.

There are no limits on how many boxes you can buy.

Volunteers are also needed this coming Friday and Saturday to help prepare the treats for pickup.

Kelsey Reynolds, YMCA Membership Coordinator, says, “Last year, we sold three-hundred fifty one boxes. This year, we’re going to plan for one-hundred seventy five. We’ll be spacing out volunteers for social distancing. Everybody will be wearing gloves and masks and just taking all the necessary precautions.”

All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the YMCA’s healthy kid day event, which is scheduled for April 24.