By Linda Greer
NEOSHO, Mo. — Paddling to shore with a decaying door from a Hotpoint refrigerator atop his flat-bottom boat, Craig Jones said Saturday was a “great day to be out on the creek.”
Jones and 10 other volunteers spent three hours Saturday gathering trash along an eight-mile stretch of Shoal Creek in Newton County.
Pointing to a rusty metal trap taken from the creek, Jones said, “That would do damage to a toe.”
Stan Carter and his wife, Misty, members of the Shoal Creek Watershed Partnership, organized the cleanup to make people aware of the amount of trash polluting Missouri waterways.
Stan Carter, a Galena, Kan., high school biology and physics teacher, said people should enjoy bringing children to the creek to swim, fish or boat without encountering garbage.
Four boats of volunteers returned to the take-out point at Shoal Kirk, a private retreat near Missouri Highway 59, with the refrigerator door, a rubber raft, metal minnow cage, towels, pillows and beverage cans.
“There were lots of beer cans,” Stan Carter said.
A second cleanup in September also is planned.
Most of the rubbish was gathered near seven access points along the creek or under bridges where motorists threw trash into the water. The trash will be sorted and recycled, he said.
Another volunteer, Linda Phipps, a Galena, Kan., kindergarten teacher, said she does not want the cleanup effort to stop in Neosho. Shoal Creek runs into Kansas, she said.
Jack Andris, education director for the Shoal Creek Watershed Partnership, said the group formed last year and has 15 regular members although 40 to 50 people attend the quarterly meetings.
Andris said he hopes that people using the creek for recreation will not leave trash behind. The group intends to install signs at access points to remind people not to litter, he said.
“You can see that we picked up a lot of stuff in a short time,” Andris added.
The Shoal Creek Watershed Partnership’s mission is to protect, conserve and restore water quality and quantity through scientific and educational programs. For information, write them at P.O. Box 23, Neosho, Mo., 64850, or call Stan Carter at (417) 472-6528.
By Linda Greer
- Local News
Salvation Army: Secret Santa drops two hefty gifts
Secret Santa struck earlier than usual this year, according to Joplin Salvation Army Lt. Jamie Curry. Curry said the donation usually comes closer to Christmas.
Playground in Pittsburg close to becoming reality
A $25,000 grant and several small private donations this week brought the goal of Phase 2 of an accessible playground closer to reality, organizers of the project said, but a few thousand more is needed to help close the gap on the cost of shipping.
PSU to once again host Baja SAE competition
For the second time in four years, Pittsburg State University will host the Baja SAE-Kansas competition, which officials anticipate drawing several thousand competitors from across the U.S. and numerous countries.
Special prosecutor named in family’s beef with police
A special prosecutor has been appointed for the misdemeanor cases of a father and son arising from a family member’s suicide in March and a resulting imbroglio with Joplin police and paramedics.
SLIDE SHOW: Snow almost over, but cold heads lower
When the snow stopped falling Friday afternoon, road-clearing crews across the Joplin area started getting an upper hand on the weather. But that could be short lived. More flurries and light freezing drizzle are forecast for tonight through Sunday morning.
Boeing deal takes flight; most area lawmakers support incentive deal for new Boeing plant
Southwest Missouri legislators almost unanimously endorsed an economic incentive package this week that is aimed at luring Boeing Co. to the state to build its 777X commercial jetliner. The bill passed the House by a vote of 127-20 on Friday, and follows Senate approval on Wednesday.
Cold places more demand on area homeless shelters
Local shelters expected increased demand on Friday, with overnight temperatures expected near zero and the lingering snow. Overnight temperatures in the teens are forecast for the rest of the weekend.
Nature center’s interim director promoted
Donna Whitehead, interim director and business manager of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, has been promoted to the position of director of the center.
Irving pupils dazzled by room sizes, colors in new school building
Ask 9-year-old Logan Foglesong what he likes about the new Irving Elementary School, and he’ll tell you he loves its size. “You might need a GPS for it,” he said. “It has so much stuff. I love the classrooms, and it’s just so big.”
Seven semifinalists selected for Crowder president
The Crowder College Presidential Search Committee is closer to making a selection, having narrowed the candidate field to seven semifinalists.
- More Local News Headlines
- Salvation Army: Secret Santa drops two hefty gifts