CHC/SEK partners with Wesley House to help families in need

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Wesley House, Pittsburg’s First United Methodist Church, and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas are working together to expand services to some of the area’s most needy citizens.

Pets in Cold Weather

SOUTHEAST KANSAS – Leaving pets in the cold for long periods of time can harm them. While some animals have fur built for the cold, other animals do not. “What people have to understand is that all these breeds are manmade.” said Eva Dudek, owner of Parson’s Pet Hospital, “We develop them for a certain area of the world, for a certain job. Not everybody can grow the coat that they need to stay warm in our weather. So that is an important factor. The fact that they have a coat means nothing.” 

If you witness a pet fighting the cold elements and need help, call animal control or your local police department. “And so our police force is a big key to this.” said Betty Lessen, Arma’s city clerk, “Because they’re the ones out there checking the houses, checking the backyards, and seeing whether or not these animals do have the protection from the weather.”

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Putting straw inside dog houses or cat boxes is an easy way to insulate. The town of Arma will be passing out straw for those who need them. “Let’s say the city of Arma is, and I will challenge other towns and cities to do the same. We are getting our straw for the season. It’s supposed to be here tomorrow. And we will be handing that out to folks that do need it. To keep their animals warmer. And they just need to stop by city hall here and hopefully, other towns will do the same.”

Mr. Food: Chili Cheese Dog Ring

Here’s an easy-to-make dinner that you can really sink your teeth into! We made a crescent roll ring and filled it with all the fixins’ for a chili cheese dog, which means you can expect flavorful ground beef, hot dog pieces, and plenty of cheese. Our Chili Cheese Dog Ring is so good, it’s almost spooky!

What You’ll Need

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 hot dogs, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mix well. Add hot dogs and heat 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese; set aside.
  4. Unroll crescent rolls. Place wide end of triangles in center of pizza pan, forming a ring, overlapping dough as necessary. Spoon meat mixture into center of each triangle. Bring smaller ends of triangles over meat, tucking ends under.
  5. Bake 20 minutes, sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake 5 more minutes, or until heated through and golden. Serve warm.

Nice Halloween with Warm Week Ahead

Showers will be ending by tomorrow morning with cool lows tonight.

Tomorrow will have sunshine return with mild temperatures along with cool conditions for the trick or treaters.

Tomorrow night will be cool with mostly clear conditions.

Tuesday will be mild to warm with south winds.

Tuesday night into Wednesday morning has south winds and mild conditions.

A big storm system will be organizing during the week out to our west and then will move towards us on Friday into the weekend.

Over the weekend, rounds of thunderstorms with some possibly heavy to severe have the potential to produce copious amounts of rainfall. One model indicates several inches are possible that could lead to flooding conditions in parts of our area. Stay tuned for further updates on this significant storm system.


News To Know: fallen hero, Halloween safety

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has charged a suspect they say is responsible for the hit-and-run death of an Aurora, Missouri man. The crash occurred on July 15, 2022, on Farm Road 1180. Authorities say they have probable cause to believe Derek Christopher Coburn, 19, is responsible for the collision. A warrant has been issued and police are requesting the following charges:

  • Murder 2nd Degree – Felony Murder
  • Flight From Officers – Drug Perpetration
  • Leaving Scene Of Accident – Accident Resulting In Death
  • Tampering With Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree

Click here if you would like to read more about this story.

PITTSBURG, Kan.– Halloween is almost here and kids will be heading out the door to collect candy. According to Pittsburg Chief of Police, Ben Anderson, it’s important to have reflectors if wearing all dark clothing. He also reminds kids to only go to houses that are well lit, or where people sit in the front. Chief Anderson says they haven’t found any suspicious goods, but parents should still check their children’s candy to make sure it is safe to eat. He also recommends walking in familiar groups.

MISSOURI – Those for and against the legalization of recreational marijuana in Missouri are speaking out. On November 8th Missourians will vote on Amendment 3. If passed, the constitutional amendment will remove state prohibitions on purchasing, possessing, consuming, using, delivering, manufacturing and selling marijuana for personal use for adults over the age of 21. Some marijuana crimes could also be expunged from criminal records.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – McDonald County High School honored a fallen hero by dedicating a memorial highway. Christopher Lee Marion graduated from McDonald County High School in 2005 before joining the US army. In February 2006, Private First Class Marion was killed while on patrol in Iraq when his military vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

A new amendment could change how Missouri uses its National Guard

JOPLIN, Mo. – A new amendment on the docket could mean big changes in how Missouri responds to major emergencies.

If passed, Amendment 5 would establish the Missouri Department of the National Guard as an administrative department within the State’s executive branch.

As of now, the MDNG belongs to the Missouri Department of public safety.

The amendment change would give Missouri’s Executive Branch more control over how the State chooses to deploy the reserved troops.

To learn more about the amendment, KOAM’s Segun Bamidele spoke with Missouri State Senator Bill White.

“The Amendment would give the executive branch the ability to exercise direct control of the National Guard, which is what it’s supposed to be right now,” White said.

Watch KOAM Evening News to see the whole story or check back later for additional content.


Mr. Food: Banana Pudding Dream


This creamy-dreamy version of banana pudding is easily going to become a new favorite! Our Banana Pudding Dream is decadently delicious and so easy to throw together. Since there’s no baking involved, it can be made ahead of time or as a last-minute dessert. Bring it to your next family get-together or potluck and you’ll receive lots of compliments!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 (11-ounce) package vanilla wafers, broken into pieces, divided
  • 3 (4-serving size) packages instant banana pudding mix
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) sour cream
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

What to Do

  1. Reserve 1/2 cup vanilla wafer pieces; place remaining wafer pieces in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. In large bowl, combine pudding mix and milk; whisk 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth and thickened. Add half the whipped topping (about 2-1/2 cups) and sour cream; mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine bananas and lemon juice; toss until evenly coated, then drain.
  4. Spread half the pudding mixture evenly over  wafers. Arrange banana slices over pudding mixture. Evenly spread with remaining pudding mixture.
  5. Top with reserved 1/2 cup wafers over pudding. Dollop with remaining whipped topping.


  • Go ahead and garnish with extra banana slices for a nice finishing touch!

Windy Sunday followed by Rainy Monday

Windy and dangerous fire conditions persisted across the region on Sunday with multiple grass fires. A big change is coming within the next few days as a big storm system gathers strength in the Rocky Mountains and pulls out into the Plains on Monday. This storm will also pull in tropical moisture from the remnants of a hurricane that hit Mexico’s west coast.

Storms will be developing by Monday morning as a cold front moves in from the NW. Some storms could be heavy with downpours.

During the day Monday, scattered storms with heavy rain will move across the region as the front makes its way across the area.

Tuesday morning will see cooler conditions with off and on rain especially in the morning.

Tuesday afternoon will see the rain coming to an end from west to east with cooler air filtering in from the NW.

By Wednesday morning, much cooler and drier air will allow lows to drop into the 30’s.

Rainfall totals from this next system will be generous and should help put a dent in the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the region. Heaviest amounts should be in NW AR into South Central Missouri.