By Roger McKinney
Joplin’s homeless residents seeking services turned out Wednesday at Memorial Hall for Project Homeless Connect.
It was the second event this year to bring services under one roof for one-stop shopping for the homeless population. The first was in February at the Joplin Salvation Army. The Homeless Coalition of the Jasper and Newton County Area organized both events.
A man who said he wanted to be called Heart, when asked what he was seeking at the event, said: “A way out of homelessness, I guess.”
The man said he lost his job in July 2008, and since then has been living in his car, in shelters and with friends. He said he has no health insurance, so he was grateful for the blood pressure check offered by St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
Carol Thomas is chairwoman of the Homeless Coalition. She said that without the event, people would have to travel all over town to try to obtain assistance. That is nearly impossible for those without transportation, she said.
She said the Economic Security Corp. was assisting people with identification cards and birth certificates. The Social Security Administration was helping people obtain Social Security cards. Without those items, Thomas said, people can’t get jobs.
“Those are some of the barriers that the homeless face,” she said.
Dulise Dean, who said she is known in the homeless community as Mama Harley, was at the event with a man known on the streets as Turtle and her two dogs. Dean said she got the name Mama Harley because she once owned a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and she acts as everyone’s mother among the homeless.
Dean said she has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and needs to be on oxygen, but she has no health insurance.
By Roger McKinney
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
The top three vote-getters for open seats on the board were Debbie Fort, with 4,765 votes; Lynda Banwart, with 4,532 votes; and incumbent Randy Steele, with 3,300 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.
Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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