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Zachary Dodge
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Zach started at KOAM as a news assistant in December 2015. He quickly moved into a photographer position, where he covered news around the four states for 2 years. He then moved into a reporter position in May of 2018.

Zach is a Missouri native, calling La Russell his hometown. He looks forward to continuing to provide coverage in the four states.

Contact Zachary:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
zdodge@koamtv.com

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  • Arson Suspect Arrested in Miami, Oklahoma

    Arson Suspect Arrested in Miami, Oklahoma

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 20:47:50 GMT
    Anders Shoes (7/10/18)Anders Shoes (7/10/18)
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    The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department makes an arrest in a recent arson case. On July 10th, 2018, Anders Shoes was destroyed in a suspicious fire. The store is one of Miami's oldest businesses. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander. The fire came after the store was burglarized on July 7th and again on July 9th. The store had also been recently vandalized. On July 17th, police arrested a 29-year-old in connection to the arson fire. Authorities say he became a person o...More >>
    The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department makes an arrest in a recent arson case. On July 10th, 2018, Anders Shoes was destroyed in a suspicious fire. The store is one of Miami's oldest businesses. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander. The fire came after the store was burglarized on July 7th and again on July 9th. The store had also been recently vandalized. On July 17th, police arrested a 29-year-old in connection to the arson fire. Authorities say he became a person o...More >>
  • Child Death Investigation in Jasper County, MO

    Child Death Investigation in Jasper County, MO

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 3:58 PM EDT2018-07-18 19:58:36 GMT

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigates the death of a 3-year-old. On July 16th, 2018 just before 4:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the area of County Road 118 and Jolt lane. Authorities say the call was about a 3-year-old male that was found to be deceased. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has been scheduled. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says a preliminary investigation suggests that this was an accidental death. No other details have been released.

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    The Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigates the death of a 3-year-old. On July 16th, 2018 just before 4:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the area of County Road 118 and Jolt lane. Authorities say the call was about a 3-year-old male that was found to be deceased. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has been scheduled. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says a preliminary investigation suggests that this was an accidental death. No other details have been released.

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  • Miami Public Schools Adding 3 & 4 Year Old Classes: Impacting Local Daycare

    Miami Public Schools Adding 3 & 4 Year Old Classes: Impacting Local Daycare

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 2:59 PM EDT2018-07-18 18:59:40 GMT

    Miami schools is expanding its four year old pre-kindergarten program and adding a class for three year old children.  

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    Miami schools is expanding its four year old pre-kindergarten program and adding a class for three year old children.  

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  • Joplin Relay for Life

    Joplin Relay for Life

    Saturday, July 14 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-07-15 00:13:13 GMT
    Dozens in Joplin are putting forward momentum into the fight against cancer.  The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life took place at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center this evening.  The walk was started by several cancer survivors and their families.  There was also information available on cancer and ways to help prevent it.  Funds raised at the event go toward research efforts for curing several kinds of cancer. Ashley Clair, Relay for L...More >>
    Dozens in Joplin are putting forward momentum into the fight against cancer.  The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life took place at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center this evening.  The walk was started by several cancer survivors and their families.  There was also information available on cancer and ways to help prevent it.  Funds raised at the event go toward research efforts for curing several kinds of cancer. Ashley Clair, Relay for L...More >>
  • Joplin Pride Fest Comes to Downtown

    Saturday, July 14 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-07-15 00:00:54 GMT
    An annual event that advocates for equality and diversity.. almost didn't happen this year.  Joplin Pride Fest 2018 kicked off on Joplin Street in downtown Joplin.  Jackson Crawford, Joplin Resident:"It is more than   I imagined." To say that Jackson and Jeannine Crawford are excited about this years Joplin Pride Fest.. would be an under statement.  The siblings came out to their parents and people at school a little over a year ago - and they say...More >>
    An annual event that advocates for equality and diversity.. almost didn't happen this year.  Joplin Pride Fest 2018 kicked off on Joplin Street in downtown Joplin.  Jackson Crawford, Joplin Resident:"It is more than   I imagined." To say that Jackson and Jeannine Crawford are excited about this years Joplin Pride Fest.. would be an under statement.  The siblings came out to their parents and people at school a little over a year ago - and they say...More >>
  • Both Sides of the Aisle: Missouri Right to Work

    Both Sides of the Aisle: Missouri Right to Work

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:34:44 GMT

    Missouri Senate Bill 19-- commonly referred to as "Missouri Right to Work" -- mandates that no person can be required to pay dues or join a labor union as a condition of employment. The bill was passed by the general assembly and signed into law by former governor Greitens in 2017 - but enough signatures were gathered to put it on the august ballot as "Proposition A". Nick Myers with the Newton County Republican Committee says it is right for the state because it...

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    Missouri Senate Bill 19-- commonly referred to as "Missouri Right to Work" -- mandates that no person can be required to pay dues or join a labor union as a condition of employment. The bill was passed by the general assembly and signed into law by former governor Greitens in 2017 - but enough signatures were gathered to put it on the august ballot as "Proposition A". Nick Myers with the Newton County Republican Committee says it is right for the state because it...

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  • Missouri Income Tax Cuts

    Thursday, July 12 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-07-13 01:34:35 GMT
    Tax payers in the show-me-state could see more of the money they earn.. thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Parson. Thursday morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 2540 into law.  The governor's office says it's the first step to long -term tax reform in the state.  The legislation reduces the top income tax rate in the state by four-tenths of one-percent. That means that Missouri's current income tax rate of five-point-eight-percent will reduce ...More >>
    Tax payers in the show-me-state could see more of the money they earn.. thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Parson. Thursday morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 2540 into law.  The governor's office says it's the first step to long -term tax reform in the state.  The legislation reduces the top income tax rate in the state by four-tenths of one-percent. That means that Missouri's current income tax rate of five-point-eight-percent will reduce ...More >>
  • Bronson Livestock Concerns

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-07-12 00:41:11 GMT
    Proposed plans for a piece of property in a Southeast Kansas town.. are causing quite a bit of controversy. Some residents in Bronson, Kansas are concerned that a property owner plans to use a lot in town for livestock. Linda Sprague, Bronson Resident:"We're adamant, no cattle in town. It's enough." Linda Sprague and Heather LaRue live in Bronson.. and neither of them think there should be cattle kept at a lot at 607 Randolph street.  Sprague:"Th...More >>
    Proposed plans for a piece of property in a Southeast Kansas town.. are causing quite a bit of controversy. Some residents in Bronson, Kansas are concerned that a property owner plans to use a lot in town for livestock. Linda Sprague, Bronson Resident:"We're adamant, no cattle in town. It's enough." Linda Sprague and Heather LaRue live in Bronson.. and neither of them think there should be cattle kept at a lot at 607 Randolph street.  Sprague:"Th...More >>
  • Jasper County Youth Fair

    Jasper County Youth Fair

    Saturday, July 7 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-07-07 22:27:31 GMT
    A long standing tradition in Jasper County kicked off this weekend.  Municipal Park in Carthage is the place for this years Jasper County Youth Fair.  The fun started with an arts and crafts competition -- which featured projects ranging from cookies and cakes to painting and scrap booking and everything in between. The competition is held so everyone gets a chance to participate in the fair.. Even if they aren't quite old enough to show animals. Molly Russell, Youth Fai...More >>
    A long standing tradition in Jasper County kicked off this weekend.  Municipal Park in Carthage is the place for this years Jasper County Youth Fair.  The fun started with an arts and crafts competition -- which featured projects ranging from cookies and cakes to painting and scrap booking and everything in between. The competition is held so everyone gets a chance to participate in the fair.. Even if they aren't quite old enough to show animals. Molly Russell, Youth Fai...More >>
  • Nature Center Clean Up

    Nature Center Clean Up

    Saturday, July 7 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-07-07 22:09:28 GMT
    Some kids in Joplin are getting the chance to learn how to care for the environment. Raking leaves and pulling weeds at the nature center. That's what part of the Stapleton Elementary nature club was up to this morning at the school.  The nature center is an outdoors scientific learning environment at the school. One parent thinks helping clean up the center can teach his son responsibility.  Justin Ward, Parent: "There could be anything else he could be doing toda...More >>
    Some kids in Joplin are getting the chance to learn how to care for the environment. Raking leaves and pulling weeds at the nature center. That's what part of the Stapleton Elementary nature club was up to this morning at the school.  The nature center is an outdoors scientific learning environment at the school. One parent thinks helping clean up the center can teach his son responsibility.  Justin Ward, Parent: "There could be anything else he could be doing toda...More >>
  • Route 66 Signs Stolen

    Route 66 Signs Stolen

    Friday, July 6 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-07-06 23:15:15 GMT
    Several signs along Route 66 have gone missing in the last week -- and officials are investigating the thefts.  Renee Charles, Kansas Historic Route 66 Association:"For that many signs to be cut down and taken, somebody's either just doing vandalism, or their gathering up signs to sell somewhere. And it's really depressing." Last Friday, two signs in Baxter Springs Kansas went missing.  Since then, seven others along the route in Galena and Riverton have also di...More >>
    Several signs along Route 66 have gone missing in the last week -- and officials are investigating the thefts.  Renee Charles, Kansas Historic Route 66 Association:"For that many signs to be cut down and taken, somebody's either just doing vandalism, or their gathering up signs to sell somewhere. And it's really depressing." Last Friday, two signs in Baxter Springs Kansas went missing.  Since then, seven others along the route in Galena and Riverton have also di...More >>
  • Fundraiser for First Responders

    Fundraiser for First Responders

    Thursday, July 5 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-07-05 22:42:35 GMT
    Mental health among first responders is the focus of a fundraiser in Southeast Kansas.  Post traumatic stress is something that is commonly associated with military veterans. But one organization is working with first responders who experience similar problems.  Eric Seabolt has been with the Colony, Kansas Fire Department since 19-92.  During that time, he's seen more than his fair share of tragic events.  Eric Seabolt, Colony Fire Department Chief: "...More >>
    Mental health among first responders is the focus of a fundraiser in Southeast Kansas.  Post traumatic stress is something that is commonly associated with military veterans. But one organization is working with first responders who experience similar problems.  Eric Seabolt has been with the Colony, Kansas Fire Department since 19-92.  During that time, he's seen more than his fair share of tragic events.  Eric Seabolt, Colony Fire Department Chief: "...More >>
  • MO Tax Credit Encourages Donations to Pregnancy Clinics

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 2:03 PM EDT2018-07-04 18:03:16 GMT

    A new tax credit in Missouri is being used to encourage donations to pregnancy clinics. Last week, Missouri Governor Parson signed House Bill 12-88.  The bill establishes a tax credit for donations made to "pregnancy resource centers" - such as Choices Medical Services - that don't offer abortion services, or perform childbirths in house.  Jordynn Griffith, Choices Medical Services:"It's a huge benefit to organizations like ours cause it ...

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    A new tax credit in Missouri is being used to encourage donations to pregnancy clinics. Last week, Missouri Governor Parson signed House Bill 12-88.  The bill establishes a tax credit for donations made to "pregnancy resource centers" - such as Choices Medical Services - that don't offer abortion services, or perform childbirths in house.  Jordynn Griffith, Choices Medical Services:"It's a huge benefit to organizations like ours cause it ...

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  • Humane Society holds Low Cost Vaccine Clinic

    Humane Society holds Low Cost Vaccine Clinic

    Saturday, June 30 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-07-01 00:10:39 GMT
    A low cost animal vaccine clinic is helping people protect their furry friends ahead of the fourth of July. People started lining up at 7 a-m outside the Joplin Humane Society for their low cost vaccine clinic.  The shelter offered several vaccinations for dogs and cats, as well as flea treatments and microchips for as low as 10 dollars each. Officials with the shelter say it's important to get your pet vaccinated and microchiped before the fourth.. So they are protected if a ...More >>
    A low cost animal vaccine clinic is helping people protect their furry friends ahead of the fourth of July. People started lining up at 7 a-m outside the Joplin Humane Society for their low cost vaccine clinic.  The shelter offered several vaccinations for dogs and cats, as well as flea treatments and microchips for as low as 10 dollars each. Officials with the shelter say it's important to get your pet vaccinated and microchiped before the fourth.. So they are protected if a ...More >>
  • Mudstock Uses Mud to Teach Drug Abuse Prevention

    Saturday, June 30 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-07-01 00:05:42 GMT

    Mud is being used as an educational tool to teach kids about the dangers of drug abuse in Carthage, Missouri. Cory Heinz joins his sons Johnathan and Sawyer - and two thousand others - in an obstacle course that combines dirt and thousands of gallons of water to make... Mudstock.  Cory Heinz, Carthage Native:"It's fun. We've been almost every year." But - it's not just about playing in the muck. It's also about teaching kids about drugs and substance abuse.  ...

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    Mud is being used as an educational tool to teach kids about the dangers of drug abuse in Carthage, Missouri. Cory Heinz joins his sons Johnathan and Sawyer - and two thousand others - in an obstacle course that combines dirt and thousands of gallons of water to make... Mudstock.  Cory Heinz, Carthage Native:"It's fun. We've been almost every year." But - it's not just about playing in the muck. It's also about teaching kids about drugs and substance abuse.  ...

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  • Dental Care for the Homeless

    Dental Care for the Homeless

    Friday, June 29 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-06-29 23:16:45 GMT
    It was free dentistry day at Bridgestone Dental Center today -- but not for just anyone. The office partnered with Watered Gardens Rescue Mission to provide free dental work to the homeless.  Terrie Spence has been battling homelessness for the past 3 years. Over the course of that time.. taking care of her teeth wasn't always an option.  Terrie Spence, Homeless:"I didn't always have access to a dentist, and I didn't always have a job." She...More >>
    It was free dentistry day at Bridgestone Dental Center today -- but not for just anyone. The office partnered with Watered Gardens Rescue Mission to provide free dental work to the homeless.  Terrie Spence has been battling homelessness for the past 3 years. Over the course of that time.. taking care of her teeth wasn't always an option.  Terrie Spence, Homeless:"I didn't always have access to a dentist, and I didn't always have a job." She...More >>
  • Local Fire Departments Aid in Eureka

    Local Fire Departments Aid in Eureka

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:06:33 GMT
    Members of a local disaster response task force have spent the last two days helping with tornado recovery in Eureka, Kansas. Today, they came home.  Taylor Cerne, Pittsburg Fire Department:"As you moved more into the path of the tornado, then you started getting big trees down, you started getting roofs off of the houses." That's just a small part of the devastation that occurred in Eureka, Kansas Tuesday night - as an EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of t...More >>
    Members of a local disaster response task force have spent the last two days helping with tornado recovery in Eureka, Kansas. Today, they came home.  Taylor Cerne, Pittsburg Fire Department:"As you moved more into the path of the tornado, then you started getting big trees down, you started getting roofs off of the houses." That's just a small part of the devastation that occurred in Eureka, Kansas Tuesday night - as an EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of t...More >>
  • Craw-Kan Expansion

    Craw-Kan Expansion

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-27 22:58:59 GMT
    Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.
    Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.
    People in parts of rural Kansas and Missouri will get more access to faster internet in the future.  Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative was recently approved for a 59 million dollar loan through the Department of Rural Utilities.  The company plans to bring fiber optic internet to seventeen of its coverage areas throughout rural Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  It's going in right now in Pittsburg, Frontenac, Franklin, and Arma Kansas. Officials with Craw-Kan say having...More >>
    People in parts of rural Kansas and Missouri will get more access to faster internet in the future.  Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative was recently approved for a 59 million dollar loan through the Department of Rural Utilities.  The company plans to bring fiber optic internet to seventeen of its coverage areas throughout rural Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  It's going in right now in Pittsburg, Frontenac, Franklin, and Arma Kansas. Officials with Craw-Kan say having...More >>
  • Carthage Could Be Getting a New Water Park

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:24 PM EDT2018-06-27 00:24:03 GMT

    There was a full agenda tonight at the "Carthage City Council". 

    One of those items had to do with a grant.. for a new water park in Carthage.

    There's no denying the fact that it's been a hot summer already.. and for many people, that means going to the local pool. 

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    There was a full agenda tonight at the "Carthage City Council". 

    One of those items had to do with a grant.. for a new water park in Carthage.

    There's no denying the fact that it's been a hot summer already.. and for many people, that means going to the local pool. 

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  • Young Herpetologist Helps Others Conquer Fears of Reptiles

    Young Herpetologist Helps Others Conquer Fears of Reptiles

    Saturday, June 23 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-24 01:12:43 GMT

    Are you afraid of snakes, turtles or other scaly things?  One 9-year-old Liberal boy - was using his passion for Herptiles today, to show people, they're not so scary. Kadin Lemmons is not your typical 9 year old.  Hadin has had a love for reptiles for as long as he can remember - and it all started the first time his dad took him searching for the scaly animals. 

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    Are you afraid of snakes, turtles or other scaly things?  One 9-year-old Liberal boy - was using his passion for Herptiles today, to show people, they're not so scary. Kadin Lemmons is not your typical 9 year old.  Hadin has had a love for reptiles for as long as he can remember - and it all started the first time his dad took him searching for the scaly animals. 

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  • Fiddlers on the Route

    Fiddlers on the Route

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:51:40 GMT
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    A music festival is using Route 66 to connect bluegrass and gospel musicians from across the four states.  The 2nd annual Fiddlers on the Route bluegrass festival is this weekend at Memorial Hall in Joplin.  It kicked off with a performance by Grammy winners Dailey and Vincent last night.  Today, eight bands from across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas are featured. 

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    A music festival is using Route 66 to connect bluegrass and gospel musicians from across the four states.  The 2nd annual Fiddlers on the Route bluegrass festival is this weekend at Memorial Hall in Joplin.  It kicked off with a performance by Grammy winners Dailey and Vincent last night.  Today, eight bands from across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas are featured. 

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  • Lamar Aquatic Park Update

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:40 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:40:51 GMT
    It's been a shaky start to the season for the Lamar Aquatic Park. Open.. and then closed indefinitely. But the summer won't be an entire wash.  Mary Bean, Lifeguard:"Well, I was just really sad when I heard about it because I've grown up in this pool." That's what Mary Bean - and pretty much all the lifeguards at the Lamar Aquatic Park were thinking last week when the city council decided to close the center - due to a massive leak in the leisure pool....More >>
    It's been a shaky start to the season for the Lamar Aquatic Park. Open.. and then closed indefinitely. But the summer won't be an entire wash.  Mary Bean, Lifeguard:"Well, I was just really sad when I heard about it because I've grown up in this pool." That's what Mary Bean - and pretty much all the lifeguards at the Lamar Aquatic Park were thinking last week when the city council decided to close the center - due to a massive leak in the leisure pool....More >>
  • New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years

    New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:57:23 GMT

    A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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    A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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  • Rodeo Bible Camp

    Rodeo Bible Camp

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:43:23 GMT

    Girard Kansas is the place for a unique summer camp this week. A camp where kids are getting the chance to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.  Bull fighting.. bareback horse riding.. and calf roping. Those are just a few things campers are learning at the 4th annual "Cross Trails Cowboy Ministry" rodeo bible camp.  One of those campers.. is Karson Harris.

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    Girard Kansas is the place for a unique summer camp this week. A camp where kids are getting the chance to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.  Bull fighting.. bareback horse riding.. and calf roping. Those are just a few things campers are learning at the 4th annual "Cross Trails Cowboy Ministry" rodeo bible camp.  One of those campers.. is Karson Harris.

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  • Fathers Day at the Ballpark

    Fathers Day at the Ballpark

    Sunday, June 17 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-06-17 23:13:43 GMT

    Some dads in southeast Kansas got to celebrate their Father's Day morning doing something a little unique. A church service.. at the ballpark. It's not peanuts.. hotdogs.. and homeruns. The Community Christian Church of Fort Scott- brought prayer and song to the LaRoche Baseball Complex Diamond.. and focused on making Father's Day memorable for all its dads. One of them.. was Chad Cosens.

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    Some dads in southeast Kansas got to celebrate their Father's Day morning doing something a little unique. A church service.. at the ballpark. It's not peanuts.. hotdogs.. and homeruns. The Community Christian Church of Fort Scott- brought prayer and song to the LaRoche Baseball Complex Diamond.. and focused on making Father's Day memorable for all its dads. One of them.. was Chad Cosens.

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  • Rummage Sale helps Animal Shelter deal with Rising Numbers

    Rummage Sale helps Animal Shelter deal with Rising Numbers

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:11:25 GMT

    Rising numbers in puppy and kitten births prompts a local animal shelter to raise funds.  The SEK Humane Society held a rummage sale behind "The Doggie Bag" resale store in Pittsburg. People could buy books, movies, clothes and other things for as low as a quarter. The sale was held to raise funds for the shelter during kitten and puppy season.. when more of both are being brought into the shelter.

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    Rising numbers in puppy and kitten births prompts a local animal shelter to raise funds.  The SEK Humane Society held a rummage sale behind "The Doggie Bag" resale store in Pittsburg. People could buy books, movies, clothes and other things for as low as a quarter. The sale was held to raise funds for the shelter during kitten and puppy season.. when more of both are being brought into the shelter.

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  • Local Farm Celebrates a Milestone

    Local Farm Celebrates a Milestone

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:00:57 GMT

    A local farm celebrates seasonal  success with a festival for the community. The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott held it's first ever lavender festival.  It featured live music, food and games, tours, and people could pick their own lavender to use to make wreaths for decoration, to keep bugs away, or keep around for its pleasant smell.  The event served as a celebration for the farm.. one that's been eight years in the making.

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    A local farm celebrates seasonal  success with a festival for the community. The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott held it's first ever lavender festival.  It featured live music, food and games, tours, and people could pick their own lavender to use to make wreaths for decoration, to keep bugs away, or keep around for its pleasant smell.  The event served as a celebration for the farm.. one that's been eight years in the making.

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  • KCU Joplin Celebrates First Year

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:52 PM EDT2018-06-16 01:52:27 GMT

    The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year. It involved a special celebration tonight. Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year.  The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark. 

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    The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year. It involved a special celebration tonight. Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year.  The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark. 

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  • Pittsburg Bladesmith Featured on National TV

    Pittsburg Bladesmith Featured on National TV

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-06-13 02:34:30 GMT

    A Local "blade smith" is competing in tonight's episode of the History channel show "Forged in Fire." The question is.. how will it impact him in the future? We sat down with a few former contestants to find out.  Alen Kirby has been a bladesmith for a little over two years - that's why he was surprised - and a little nervous - to learn he would be on the History Channel show "Forged in Fire." 

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    A Local "blade smith" is competing in tonight's episode of the History channel show "Forged in Fire." The question is.. how will it impact him in the future? We sat down with a few former contestants to find out.  Alen Kirby has been a bladesmith for a little over two years - that's why he was surprised - and a little nervous - to learn he would be on the History Channel show "Forged in Fire." 

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  • Lamar Pool Closes Due to Leaking Pipes

    Lamar Pool Closes Due to Leaking Pipes

    Monday, June 11 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-06-12 02:07:19 GMT

    The city pool in Lamar, Missouri is closed until further notice.  The Lamar Aquatic Park was closed today - and could be for the rest of the season - because of severe damage to pipes for the leisure pool. We're told the pool has leaked for a few years - but has gotten much worse since the pool opened for the season. 

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    The city pool in Lamar, Missouri is closed until further notice.  The Lamar Aquatic Park was closed today - and could be for the rest of the season - because of severe damage to pipes for the leisure pool. We're told the pool has leaked for a few years - but has gotten much worse since the pool opened for the season. 

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  • Joplin Swim Meet Brings Big Crowd to Aquatic Center

    Joplin Swim Meet Brings Big Crowd to Aquatic Center

    Sunday, June 10 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-06-10 23:51:58 GMT

    If you were in Joplin this weekend, you might have noticed that Shifferdecker Pool was closed to the public.  Not for renovations.. but to play host to over 400 competitive swimmers.  Seth Jensen has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years.. and for him, it's a way of life. 

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    If you were in Joplin this weekend, you might have noticed that Shifferdecker Pool was closed to the public.  Not for renovations.. but to play host to over 400 competitive swimmers.  Seth Jensen has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years.. and for him, it's a way of life. 

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  • Fundraiser uses Music to Fight Bullying

    Fundraiser uses Music to Fight Bullying

    Saturday, June 9 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-06-10 02:23:13 GMT

    The CDC says suicides across the nation grew more than 25 percent between 1999 and 2016.  One group is working to keep children that are bullied from becoming part of that statistic. Blanca Molinero has wanted to be a singer ever since she was little.  Blanca Molinero, vocalist for The Less Fortunate:"I'd always tell my mom, hey mom I'm gonna be a rock star, I'm gonna be a rock star."

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    The CDC says suicides across the nation grew more than 25 percent between 1999 and 2016.  One group is working to keep children that are bullied from becoming part of that statistic. Blanca Molinero has wanted to be a singer ever since she was little.  Blanca Molinero, vocalist for The Less Fortunate:"I'd always tell my mom, hey mom I'm gonna be a rock star, I'm gonna be a rock star."

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  • Small Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunities

    Small Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunities

    Saturday, June 9 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-06-10 02:13:55 GMT

    A small business expo in Neosho put the focus on networking this morning.  The Small Business and Craft Expo filled the Neosho Civic Center with more than 30 vendors.  They ranged from home-based businesses to distributors for major companies.  The event organizer is a small business owner himself - and says the event is about more than just buying items. 

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    A small business expo in Neosho put the focus on networking this morning.  The Small Business and Craft Expo filled the Neosho Civic Center with more than 30 vendors.  They ranged from home-based businesses to distributors for major companies.  The event organizer is a small business owner himself - and says the event is about more than just buying items. 

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  • Spiva Center for the Arts Holds Film Competition

    Spiva Center for the Arts Holds Film Competition

    Friday, June 8 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-06-09 02:30:26 GMT

    Films crews all over the area are hard at work on short films.. and they only have 48 hours to do it.  It's all part of the 9th annual Film Spiva 48-hour film competition.  More than 10 teams are spending only 48 hours creating 3 minute short films. Each will be shown - and judged by people in the community next week.  Organizers say it's all about fun and creativity. 

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    Films crews all over the area are hard at work on short films.. and they only have 48 hours to do it.  It's all part of the 9th annual Film Spiva 48-hour film competition.  More than 10 teams are spending only 48 hours creating 3 minute short films. Each will be shown - and judged by people in the community next week.  Organizers say it's all about fun and creativity. 

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  • Mercy Hospital Stick it to Diabetes

    Annual Fundraiser Draws Large Crowd

    Friday, June 8 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-06-09 02:18:12 GMT

    Mercy Hospital hosted a wellness and awareness fundraiser tonight in Joplin. Hope City church in Joplin was the site of the 2018 stick it to diabetes event. The Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the fundraiser which included diabetes-friendly meals and music with the band Delta Rae. The money raised will go to help those who cannot afford medication or supplies, and other innovative technologies related to diabetes. Dr. Gretchen Shull, M...

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    Mercy Hospital hosted a wellness and awareness fundraiser tonight in Joplin. Hope City church in Joplin was the site of the 2018 stick it to diabetes event. The Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the fundraiser which included diabetes-friendly meals and music with the band Delta Rae. The money raised will go to help those who cannot afford medication or supplies, and other innovative technologies related to diabetes. Dr. Gretchen Shull, M...

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  • Local Group Reaches Youth with Prayer and Basketball

    Sunday, June 3 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-06-04 02:28:40 GMT

    A local group is reaching out to youth by combining prayer.. and basketball.  Basketball isn't quite Rayiah Bryant's favorite sport.. but she's been playing here as part of Unity in the Community since it started three years ago. Rayiah Bryant, Joplin Resident:"I love it. I was kind of a quite child in high school, but coming here, everybody feels like family." The community led group meets at Cunningham Park in Joplin every evening during the summer.

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    A local group is reaching out to youth by combining prayer.. and basketball.  Basketball isn't quite Rayiah Bryant's favorite sport.. but she's been playing here as part of Unity in the Community since it started three years ago. Rayiah Bryant, Joplin Resident:"I love it. I was kind of a quite child in high school, but coming here, everybody feels like family." The community led group meets at Cunningham Park in Joplin every evening during the summer.

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  • Bike Tour honors lives lost and focuses on safety

    Saturday, June 2 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-06-02 22:02:14 GMT

    Cyclists from across the four states travel along Route 66, and remember two cyclists that lost their lives less than a month ago. Beth Bass has been a part of the mother road bike tour for 4 years.  Beth Bass, cyclist: "I'm a big advocate of the trails and I love to bike ride." Bikers could choose from five different routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles.. many spanning from Carthage all the way to Oklahoma.

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    Cyclists from across the four states travel along Route 66, and remember two cyclists that lost their lives less than a month ago. Beth Bass has been a part of the mother road bike tour for 4 years.  Beth Bass, cyclist: "I'm a big advocate of the trails and I love to bike ride." Bikers could choose from five different routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles.. many spanning from Carthage all the way to Oklahoma.

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  • Woodson Kansas Teachers work to improve learning and test scores

    Woodson Kansas Teachers work to improve learning and test scores

    Friday, June 1 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-06-01 23:13:15 GMT

    The Woodson School District is working to improve learning and test scores.  Sandra Heffern has been teaching in Yates Center for 35 years.  Sandra Heffern, 3rd grade teacher:"I grew up in this town.. It's a good community, good school system." Heffern is one of many teachers in the Woodson School District that are participating in a teachers academy.

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    The Woodson School District is working to improve learning and test scores.  Sandra Heffern has been teaching in Yates Center for 35 years.  Sandra Heffern, 3rd grade teacher:"I grew up in this town.. It's a good community, good school system." Heffern is one of many teachers in the Woodson School District that are participating in a teachers academy.

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  • High School students get to experience College

    High School students get to experience College

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 10:36 PM EDT2018-05-30 02:36:51 GMT

    Alaura Stockbauer is a high school student from El- Dorado Springs Missouri. She's also a senior.. and to her, the thought of going to college is a scary one. That's where the upward bound program comes in.  Stockbauer: "This program definitely does make the thought of going to college way less scary." Over 200 high schoolers just like Stockbauer moved into the dorm rooms at Crowder College today. 

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    Alaura Stockbauer is a high school student from El- Dorado Springs Missouri. She's also a senior.. and to her, the thought of going to college is a scary one. That's where the upward bound program comes in.  Stockbauer: "This program definitely does make the thought of going to college way less scary." Over 200 high schoolers just like Stockbauer moved into the dorm rooms at Crowder College today. 

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  • Joplin Lifeguard Shortage

    Joplin Lifeguard Shortage

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:01 PM EDT2018-05-28 00:01:41 GMT

    Joplin pools are facing a lifeguard shortage during a busy opening weekend.  The Parks and Rec Department currently has just under 70 lifeguards on staff. That's 20 under the 90 lifeguards they need to be fully staffed.  Aquatics Supervisor Chad Coleman says this isn't the first time the department has faced this problem.. Last year they were short several coming into the summer, but were able to hire enough to be fully staffed right before opening day. 

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    Joplin pools are facing a lifeguard shortage during a busy opening weekend.  The Parks and Rec Department currently has just under 70 lifeguards on staff. That's 20 under the 90 lifeguards they need to be fully staffed.  Aquatics Supervisor Chad Coleman says this isn't the first time the department has faced this problem.. Last year they were short several coming into the summer, but were able to hire enough to be fully staffed right before opening day. 

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  • OK Lt. Governor Candidates visit Grove

    OK Lt. Governor Candidates visit Grove

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:23:06 GMT

    Candidates for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor make a stop in Grove.  Delaware County Oklahoma Republicans held a candidate forum at the Grove Christian Center.  Republican candidates Matt Pinnell, Eddie Fields and Dominique Block discussed issues like education funding - taxes - and tribal gaming contracts in the state. 

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    Candidates for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor make a stop in Grove.  Delaware County Oklahoma Republicans held a candidate forum at the Grove Christian Center.  Republican candidates Matt Pinnell, Eddie Fields and Dominique Block discussed issues like education funding - taxes - and tribal gaming contracts in the state. 

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  • Family of Man who Died on "Route 66" Visit Site

    Family of Man who Died on "Route 66" Visit Site

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:38:16 GMT

    Simon and Anna Buchel were in Galena today. The brother and sister made the trip from Germany to visit the site where their father died on "Route 66".  Heinz-Gerd Buchel and his friend.. Also from Germany.. were both hit and killed by a vehicle while they were cycling along the "mother road" near Riverton  and Galena earlier this month. The Buchels placed crosses at the site.. and met with the emergency responders that tried to save the lives of b...

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    Simon and Anna Buchel were in Galena today. The brother and sister made the trip from Germany to visit the site where their father died on "Route 66".  Heinz-Gerd Buchel and his friend.. Also from Germany.. were both hit and killed by a vehicle while they were cycling along the "mother road" near Riverton  and Galena earlier this month. The Buchels placed crosses at the site.. and met with the emergency responders that tried to save the lives of b...

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  • Joplin School Board approves Suicide Prevention Policy

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:15:39 GMT

    The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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    The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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  • Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

    Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-22 02:53:21 GMT

    A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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    A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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  • Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

    Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:07:02 GMT

    The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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    The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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  • Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS

    Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:07:28 GMT

    Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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    Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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  • Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election

    Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:22 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:22:37 GMT

    Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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    Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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