By Scott Meeker
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In the spur of the moment, Arianna Russell decided to go rogue Tuesday evening.
The 22-year-old Ozark resident was driving to Warsaw when she learned that Sarah Palin would be holding a book signing the next morning in Springfield. She turned the car around and made her way to Borders, where a line had already started to form. She spent the night in a camping chair for the chance to meet the former vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska.
“It was cold,” Russell said of the night spent waiting outside Borders, 3300 S. Glenstone Ave.
But worth it, she said.
“(Palin) is different than the other candidates who were running in the last election,” Russell said. “She’s straight with you and doesn’t try to hide things.”
Hundreds of supporters from throughout Southwest Missouri were on hand Wednesday morning to greet citizen Palin, who is in the midst of a tour in support of her new memoir, “Going Rogue.”
Brandon Shilling and Chris Fleming drove to Springfield from Joplin early Wednesday morning, arriving at Borders at about 6:30 a.m.
“I didn’t expect to see people with pillows and air mattresses camped out here,” Shilling said. “But I’ve followed (Palin) ever since the campaign and I’ll do anything I can to support her.”
Fleming said he looked forward to being able to meet Palin and express his appreciation.
“It’s an opportunity to shake her hand and tell her that we’re behind her,” he said.
Some of those in attendance Wednesday morning didn’t mince words when it came to why they were there to show support for Palin.
“Obama is a communist and McCain is a socialist,” said Springfield resident Mark Blumenstock, who identified himself as a Ron Paul Republican. “I don’t know what kind of president (Palin) would make, but she’s the voice of the conservative movement right now.”
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By Scott Meeker
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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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