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Columbus righty Stover named 3A Pitcher of the Year

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Seth Stover got the good news earlier this week.

“I was just sitting on my couch watching TV and my mom came in and said “Hey, did you know you’re the 3A Pitcher of the Year?””

The junior right-hander for Columbus has been named 1st team All-State and the 3A Pitcher of the Year by “Sports in Kansas” after a dominant spring.

The honors come after being named 2nd team All-State by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.

“I was quite surprised. I didn’t think I was up there, just because I was 2nd-team All-State,” Stover says, “Then I started getting all the tweets and all that. Everybody was letting me know. It’s a real honor, honestly. It means a lot.”

Stover had a stellar year on the mound for the Titans.

He threw 41 innings for Columbus this spring, racking up 56 strikeouts along the way. He finished with a 5-1 record and a .85 ERA.

Stover led the Titans to their first ever appearance in the 3A state tournament – where they finished as state runner-up in Manhattan.

Columbus finished the season with a 22-3 overall record, and earned a share of the CNC league title in the regular season.

“We came up short last year, but I think this year we had a great run,” Stover says, “We’re going to come up big next season. We have big expectations. We have to come out and do the best we can, and hopefully go back to (state) next year.”

Click HERE for the full “Sports in Kansas” All-State list for the 2022 season.

 

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Weekend Wrap (June 25 & 26)

Nearly 3,000 without power in Joplin area, temps 20° cooler today

JOPLIN, Mo. – Liberty crews are currently working to safely restore power to more than 2,800 customers in Joplin, Missouri. To read more, click here.

Miami, Okla. man 4 years prison, after school attack left victim quadriplegic

TULSA, Okla. – A 23–year-old Miami, Okla. man was sentenced to federal prison Friday for a 2017 attack that left the victim paralyzed from the neck down. To read more, click here.

Firefighter dies of injuries suffered fighting Pleasanton, Kan. fire

LINN COUNTY, Kan. – Monday Linn County Rural Fire was called to a fire at Carpenter Chiropractic Clinic, 714 Main, Pleasanton, Kan. To read more, click here.

Joplin group holds rally following overturn of Roe v. Wade

JOPLIN, Mo.–Now that the supreme court has struck down Roe v Wade, a Missouri trigger law now effectively ends access to legal abortion in the state. To read more, click here.

 

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Services set for fallen Linn County, Kan. firefighter Josh Haynes

PLEASANTON, Kan. — Services are set for a fallen Linn County, Kan. Rural firefighter who died of injuries fighting a fire Monday, June 20.

Joshua “Josh” Clyde Haynes, age 35, Pleasanton, Kan. passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in a Kansas City hospital.

> RELATED >> Linn County Rural Firefighter dies of injuries suffered fighting fire Monday.

The fire at Carpenter Chiropractic, 714 S Main, Pleasanton, was determined accidental however the Kansas State Fire Marshal continues to investigate.

  • Funeral service will be 10 am Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the Pleasanton High School.
  • Burial will be in the Pleasanton Cemetery.
  • Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the Pleasanton High School. 

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Josh Haynes Children’s Memorial, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, KS  66075.

Online condolences can be left on the funeral home website. Click to Schneider Funeral Homes website here.

CODOLENCES:

  • I worked with Josh laying fiber optical line. We went on a trip together to get supplies in Girard. It was raining so hard we had to drive 40 miles an hour. He was the passenger and took a picture making fun of the situation. He bought me breakfast that morning. I will miss his enthusiasm and smile. God speed my friend.” — J.G.

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Nearly 3,000 without power in Joplin area, temps 20° cooler today

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Sunday, Liberty crews are currently working to safely restore power to more than 2,800 customers in Joplin, Missouri.

UPDATE: Liberty Utilities Central states, “The outage was caused by a fallen tree. Our line crews have isolated the area and are working to ensure there are no other issues. Most customers should have their power restored soon. Some residents will be without power for a while longer as they work to fix the damage. Thank you all for your patience as our lineworkers safely restore power.”

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin News First followers began messaging us regarding a power outage across the Joplin area

Nearly 3,000 without power across the Joplin area. Some businesses along S Rangeline have no power.

Doug Heady, KOAM Chief Meteorologist stated this morning in his 7 a.m. forecast, “Hey guys and gals, I wanted to make sure you had an update this morning … temperatures are about 20 degrees cooler for us today! Have a great Sunday.”

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Miami, Okla. man 4 years prison, after school attack left victim quadriplegic

TULSA, Okla. — A 23–year-old Miami, Okla. man was sentenced to federal prison Friday for a 2017 attack that left the victim paralyzed from the neck down.

In February this year a federal jury found Jace C. Williams, of Miami, Okla. guilty of maiming in Indian Country and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

In a surprise attack, Williams approached the victim from behind, then used a maneuver similar to what is commonly referred to as a “suplex”, Williams wrapped his arms around the victim’s body, lifted him backward and slammed him head-first onto the ground. While the victim was on his stomach on the ground, Williams proceeded to spat on the victim and repeatedly punch him in the back.

The victim was rushed to a Joplin, Mo. hospital suffering a C6-7 fracture-subluxation with bilateral locked facets and paralysis. As a result of the injuries inflicted by Williams, the victim is a quadriplegic.

> RELATED >> AFTON TECH SCHOOL FIGHT LEAVES ONE MAN PARALYZED AND ANOTHER FACING PRISON

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Williams to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Frizzell will determine restitution at an Aug. 26 hearing.

Prosecutors had argued for a ten year federal prison sentence, which is an upward departure from the federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors stated that both the extreme nature of Williams’ criminal conduct and the victim’s resulting physical and mental suffering warranted the departure.

“Jace Williams’ intentional, violent attack has forever changed the life of the victim in this case,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “His egregious actions are inexcusable. This type of criminal conduct cannot and will not be tolerated.”

“In a cowardly attack, Mr. Williams blindsided and paralyzed a fellow student, then remorselessly bragged about his crime,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “We hope that today’s sentence serves as a warning for other individuals who think they can harm their fellow citizens without facing any repercussions.”

The victim and defendant attended the same technical school in Afton and knew one another prior to the incident. In the days leading up to the crime, Williams repeatedly expressed anger toward the victim because he felt the victim had interfered and ruined Williams’ chances of having a sexual encounter with two women. Williams went as far as to tell one student that he would to make sure the victim couldn’t “use his arms or legs for five months.”

On Nov. 3, 2017, a classmate drove Williams and two friends to E. 200 Rd in Afton, in order to watch an unrelated fight between two different men. After arriving, the driver remained in his truck, scrolling through his phone. Other students, including the victim, also drove to the location in order to watch the fight.

While the victim and other students assembled in a circle waiting for the fight to begin, multiple witnesses from different vantage points saw Williams suddenly attack the victim from behind.

Williams’ two friends then returned to the truck and told the driver Williams had jumped the victim and that it was bad. Soon after, Williams returned to the truck, breathing heavily, and demanded the driver take him home. The driver testified that Williams ripped off his own shirt and bragged that what he had done to the victim was “fun” and that he wanted to do it again. The driver said he feared the defendant at that point and complied.

In 2021 charges were dropped since the crime occurred within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation reservation. Federal charges were immediately filed. The FBI and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard M. Cella and Brandon A. Skates prosecuted the case.

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Pop-Up art exhibit Sunday at Joplin Public Library

JOPLIN, Mo. — There are always beautiful works of art on display throughout the Joplin Public Library which is curated by the Post Art Library. This Sunday they are featuring something special for one afternoon only.

The metalworking art and sculptures of Zach VanBecelaere.

VanBecelaere uses a variety of metalworking techniques to manipulate materials into new forms. He incorporates welding used for harsh texture, high mirror polished finishes, and patinated rusted finishes to create contrast and duality in his work. His work stems from a fascination with the natural processes of growth and decay while exploring the relationship between the two.” — CONNECT2CULTURE RELEASE OF INFORMATION 

Sculptures by VanBecelaere will be on exhibit in the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library.

  • WHAT: Zach VanBecelaere art showing
  • WHERE: Joplin Public Library, 1901 E 20th
  • WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • FREE to the public

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CONNECT2CULTURE … (C2C) is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. Unlike any organization in the Joplin area, C2C is a respected community arts agency, a champion of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, and a performing arts presenter. C2C strives to expand audience and resources needed to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment” in the Joplin area.

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Tommy Myers named to Pitt State 2022 Hall of Fame class

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Pitt State athletics announced it’s 2022 Hall of Fame class and former PSU baseball player and coach, Tommy Myers, is one eight individuals selected.

“To be considered for the Hall of Fame is an honor, but to get in is something I wasn’t really expecting, but obviously I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” Myers says. “Pitt State baseball is recognized in the MIAA and beyond, so it’s just part of coach Bever’s legacy and we’re all wanting to play for him.”

Myers earned all-region and all-conference recognition in the 1998 season. He set multiple school records including career runs scored (142), single season runs scored (72) and single season home runs (21). Myers also served as the head coach of the Gorillas from 2017 to 2018.

“When you’re involved with the players and coach Bever and the rest of the staff, you just get to build bonds and friendships that you’ll have for life,” Myers says. “I think more than anything that’s what Pitt State means to me. It’s just a place where you make lifelong friends and on the baseball team I got to to do some special things with them.”

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Fast start leads Mustangs to quarterfinal win

WATCH: The Midwest Mustangs top the Texas Desperados 5-3 in the quarterfinal round of the Connie Mack WS Qualifier. Cade Beshore and Wyatt Foley pick up two hits each. The Mustangs advance to the semifinals tomorrow at 11:30 am.

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Huey and Cobra take a break at Joplin Regional Airport

JOPLIN, Mo. – Friday afternoon just before 3 p.m. our friend Stephen Miller caught a “Huey” helicopter and “Cobra” heilicopter taking off from the Joplin Regional Airport. You have seen his images many places before, he is known as Reflections of Life Photography. Click to take a look. Thanks Stephen!

Sources tell us the two military helicopters were refueling and taking a break on to their unknown destination.

A Bell AH-1G in flight
Role Attack helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight 7 September 1965
Introduction 1967
Retired 2001 (US Army)
Status In service
Primary users United States Army (historical)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Republic of Korea Army
Royal Jordanian Air Force
Produced 1967–2019
Number built 1,116
Developed from Bell UH-1 Iroquois
Variants Bell AH-1 SeaCobra/SuperCobra
Bell 309 KingCobra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Role Utility helicopter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight 20 October 1956 (XH-40)
Introduction 1959
Status In service
Primary users United States Army (historical)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Australian Army (historical)
See Operators section for others
Produced 1956–1987
Number built >16,000
Variants Bell UH-1N Twin Huey
Bell 204/205
Bell 212
Developed into Bell AH-1 Cobra
Bell 214
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Williamson drives in 6, Post 64 rolls by Houston in Joplin tournament

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Pittsburg Post #64 Patriots top Houston, Missouri 16-0 in the AABC Connie Mack WS qualifier tournament in Joplin Friday.

Baxter Springs product and Neosho CC signee Kameron Williamson goes 3-3 on the day with two doubles, a triple and 6 RBI.