Local hospital hosts lunch to show appreciation for first responders

MONETT, Mo. — A local hospital showed its appreciation for first responders.

Cox Monett Hospital hosted Salute to First Responders.

The annual event offered those on the front lines a free barbecue lunch, including a burger and chicken sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, chips, a cookie, and a drink.

Organizers say it’s a way to say thanks to our hometown heroes.


2nd Annual Tractor Pull rolls into Seneca for a good cause

Don Bock and Galen Zook sat down with Chris Warner to talk about the upcoming 2nd Annual Tractor Pull in Seneca, Missouri. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Seneca veterans as well as funding for a new handicap swing in Seneca city park. If you are interested, here’s all the information you’ll need:

  • Saturday, August 13th @ 4 p.m.
  • Rodeo Grounds @ 13976 Bethel Road in Seneca, Missouri
  • Food vendors, craft vendors, a cooler raffle, a 50/50 pot and backpacks for kids with supplies
  • 30 Classes plus exhibition pulls
  • Admission for adults: $12
  • Admission for children: $7

You can contact the following for more information:

  • Don Bock @ 417-850-0624
  • Amanda Busick @ 417-385-8550
  • Treva Golden @ 417-592-2947



The Big 3: dump truck crash and burn, fatal crash in Jasper county, stranger with candy and “Grease” is the word

BIG STORY #3: About 11:15 a.m. on August 8th, a dump truck went through a guardrail on I-44 near mile marker 10 in Joplin. The driver was not able to get out of the doors, so he climbed through the windshield just a short distance to the west on Outer road where a crew from Liberty Electric was working. They ran to the crash and used all their extinguishers to help with the fire. We have more on this story if you like to click here.

BIG STORY #2: About 1 p.m. on August 9th reports of a serious crash on Baseline Boulevard near Civil War road alerted Jasper county e911. Mark Tidball, 64, was driving a 1988 Freightliner pulling a lime spreader trailer west on Baseline Boulevard nearing CR150 when he went off the right side of the road. Jasper county coroner Randy Nace claimed the body about 2:15 p.m. Next of kin were notified. Click here if you would like more information about this story.

BIG STORY #1: Authorities are looking for a Grove, Oklahoma man who reportedly gave children candy and got personal information. According to the Crawford county sheriff’s office, on July 31st, they took a report of an older white male driving a white 2011 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. the man allegedly spoke with several male juveniles at a park in Cherokee, Kansas. They identified the man as Kirk William Owen from Grove, Oklahoma. the sheriff’s office released a photo of Owen. On august 3, at around 9:30 am, authorities say Owen returned and was drove by the same children’s home, however a neighbor stopped him. Owen was driving the same white corvette convertible. After the neighbor confronted him, Owen reportedly fled the area and has not been found. If you are interested in reading more about this story, click here.

BONUS STORY: 66 Drive-In theatre, 17231 Old 66 Boulevard, in Carthage this weekend is planning a throwback double-feature showing “Grease” and “Footloose”. Olivia Newton-John who starred in “Grease” in 1978 passed away on Monday at the age of 73. Here’s more information about movie times this weekend:

  • Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th
  • Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Showtime is around 8:45 p.m.
  • Ages 13 and up – $8
  • Ages 6-12 – $4
  • Ages 5 and under – free

Click here to read more about this story.

Read more Big 3 stories from Shannon Becker:

The Big 3: Christian’s Journey, hit and run motorcycle incident and body discovered at farmhouse

The Big 3: shooting near Cunningham Park, no survivors in head-on crash, Newton County brush fire and “bear in the air”





Utilities take today to remind public of '811' or Call Before You Dig

JOPLIN, Mo. — Today’s date is a good reminder to use caution when working outside.

It’s “8-11 Day,” a reminder to call before you dig. Representatives with Spire say with more utility companies putting things in the ground, calling is more important than ever. They say 90% of the time, the place someone wants to dig is safe but it’s that 10% where it isn’t, and it can lead to a very dangerous situation.

“We have quite a few people that will put in a tree or the birdhouse or a mailbox and hit one of the service lines and that scares anybody, especially people who don’t know anything, that haven’t been around gas it can be a dangerous situation so that’s why we really stress the 8-11 call and get locates,” said Michael Fornelli, Spire Regional Manager.

Michael Fornelli says people should call three days before they plan on doing a project. Someone will then come and either put up flags or spray paint, marking the dig area.

One other note —not only can hitting a utility line be dangerous, but the person responsible could also be liable for damages.


Miami’s new Utilities bill charge

MIAMI, Okla. – Residents of Miami, OK are noticing extra charges on their utility bills.

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is imposing new rates and charges on the City of Miami’s utilities. Power Cost Adjustment (PCAx) is the new charge on residents’ utility bills.

The City of Miami owes the GRDA $2.7 million dollars. GRDA raised its prices for natural gas by over 200% due to the winter storms of 2021. The city of Miami has to pay the 2.7 million debt by October.

Earlier this year, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma offered an advance payment of $1.7 million to the city of Miami and received utility credit for 21 tribal facilities and properties until its repaid.

Miami commercial and residential utilities customers will pay the PCAx monthly charge. This wil happen until the Tribe recovers the credit of $1.7 million.

For more information about the PCAx charge: PCAxRates-PRESS RELEASE


Learn more about the ABCD’s of Medicare

Tara Solomon-Smith from the K-State Extension office and Melanie Smith from the Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging sat down with KOAM’s Chris Warner to help simplify the rules on Medicare, including not just who is eligible, but when. Here’s the information you need to learn the ABCD’s of Medicare:

  • ABCD’s of Medicare
  • No cost but must RSVP
  • August 31st @ 6 p.m.
  • Southeast Research and Extension Center – 25092 Ness Road, Parsons, KS

You’ll learn more about:

  • Medicare eligibility
  • Enrollment
  • Medicare parts A,B,C and D
  • Medigap and Medicare,
  • Advantage plans

For more information call 620-378-2167

You can contact Tara Solomon-Smith at tsolomon@ksu.edu or you can contact Melanie Smith @ 620-212-8054

Click here to find out more about the K-State Extension office.

Click here to find out more about the Southeast Kansas Area on Aging.



Joplin’s CFI celebrates woman in the trucking industry

JOPLIN, Mo. – A local trucking company today celebrated its female drivers by unveiling a new truck livery that features the text ‘She Drives’.

Joplin’s CFI officials say the program recognizes the excellence of its female drivers.

CFI says they also hope the ‘She Drives’ program encourages more women to seek a career in trucking.

“We want to be the employer of choice for women in trucking. One of the things that we want to be the choice really for women in trucking and the trucks draw attention to that,” said CFI Officials. “They’re able to point out that we honor and highlight and support women in the industry. ”

CFI says it began rolling out its commemorative liveries in 2018.





Victory Life Church talks their Back 2 School event


Pittsburg, KS. — Pastor Donnie Talent stops by to talk about Victory Life Church’s Back 2 School haircut event. It’s not just a haircut event, however. There are fun activities and school supplies for the kids as well!  This is happening on August 15th from 4-7 PM at Lincoln Park. You must go to Lincoln Center to register as the event requires it. However, that wasn’t the only thing that he talked about. Coming to Pittsburg in January is a child care and autism center as well thanks to Victory Life Church!




2 in 3 in new poll say US economy getting worse

Almost 70 percent of Americans said in a new poll that they believe that the U.S. economy is getting worse.

The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 69 percent of respondents said that they think the U.S. economy is getting worse, compared to 12 percent who said that it is getting better. 

Eighteen percent of those surveyed believe that the U.S. economy has remained the same.

Thirty-four percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they approve of President Biden’s handling of gas prices, a percentage that is up 7 points from a similar poll published in June. 

Forty-nine percent of respondents also said they will favor a candidate who supports keeping abortions legal, while 27 percent of respondents said they will support a candidate who supports limiting abortion access. Twenty-two percent of those surveyed said that they don’t care about their preferred candidate’s stance on abortions. 

And 75 percent of Republican respondents said they are very enthusiastic about voting in the midterm elections, while 68 percent of Democrats agreed as did 49 percent of independents.

The new ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted from August 5 to August 6 with a total of 665 respondents participating in the survey. The poll’s margin of error is 4.2 percentage points.


Carthage School District Plans After Performing Arts Bond Fails

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage School District is still looking for ways to fund a new performing arts center.  Even after the bond’s failure in the Missouri primary.

The bond proposal, a part of the August 2022 Missouri primary, for a new performing arts center did not pass.  The Superintendent Mark Baker said the remodel would include classrooms for the performing arts classes, and availability for the community.

The proposal was first introduced in May 2022. The bond asked for $18 million by extending the districts debt levy for two years in 2040.  However, it failed after 52.5% voted yes and 47.5% voted no.  The bond needed a four-sevenths vote, or 57% yes, to win.

Inflation is currently a concern for many Americans and Baker suspects it to be one of the main reasons for the bond’s failure.  “This was not a rebuke saying we do not wanna help the kids.” said Jasper County Clerk Charles Davis.  “At this present moment with the uncertainty there is, we don’t know what’s going to happen with the finances of the country.”

Superintendent Mark Baker has kept positive and understands the communities financial concerns.  Baker said, “We will continue to look at options regarding the performing arts center, and maybe some ways that we can get more support.”  Mark Baker feels the center is still needed but does not have set plans for the issue yet.

The next available time for the bond to be on a ballot is in April 2023.