By Greg Grisolano
For Jeff Clyde and his relatives, military service is a family affair.
Clyde, the cadet battalion commander of Joplin High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served as a cadet in the same program back in the 1940s, and his mother, Terri Birch, who was a member of Webb City High School’s battalion. His younger brother, Grant, is a sergeant in the Joplin program as well.
“My mom was the first female full-bird colonel of Webb City High School,” he said. “The sense of tradition in the entire city is just amazing. The support of the military is amazing.”
Having her two sons follow in her footsteps is a source of pride for Birch.
“Both of them grew up with me in the Army,” she said. “I know that it’s a good living, and it’s an amazing opportunity. It’s something they’re not going to get anywhere else.”
Clyde was one of dozens of students taking part in drill exercises and marching exhibitions at Memorial Hall on Saturday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Joplin’s JROTC program. The program provides leadership training for young men and women in high school, and can serve as a precursor to military officer training.
“I plan on making it a career,” said Clyde, who has an ROTC scholarship to Missouri State University in Springfield. “I want to be an Apache helicopter pilot.”
The event also included an exhibition by the U.S. Army Old Guard drill team. The soldiers also worked individually with cadets to improve their poise and precision on drill routines.
The Old Guard Drill Team is the escort to the president, guards the Tomb of the Unknowns and performs military honors for funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. The soldiers are charged with maintaining the traditions of the Army, and showcasing those traditions to the world during state and federal funerals and parades.
By Greg Grisolano
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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.
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.
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.
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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