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Grand Lake boating accident victims identified
Two people who were killed in a boating accident on Grand Lake on Tuesday evening have been identified as Rachel Nicole Swetnam, of Grove, Okla., and William Lewis Varner III, of Texarkana, Ark., according to a statement released Wednesday by the Grand River Dam Authority.
Missouri capitalizes on unused railroads to build trails
Most of the great trails in American history — the Oregon, the Santa Fe, The Trail of Tears, even the route followed by Lewis and Clark — have one thing in common: Missouri. Now the state known as the gateway to the west in the 19th century is making a name for itself as a trail state of another kind in the 21st.
Land acquisition board agrees to add members
Three new members should be sought for the city board that is buying land for tornado redevelopment projects being overseen by the city’s master developer. That was the consensus by members of the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. who on Tuesday approved a change in bylaws to increase the panel by two new positions.
Miami bomb threat defendant granted probation
A federal judge granted probation Tuesday to a defendant who created a bomb scare at Miami High School on Sept. 11 of last year in an apparent attempt to extort money from a local bank. At a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell ordered that Bobby Ray Harris, 26, serve eight months of home detention and five years on probation on a conviction for willfully making a threat.
Shooting probe on hold; police wait to speak with wounded man
A young man who was shot in the chest during a confrontation with others at a Joplin residence early Monday morning is expected to survive. Police on Tuesday identified the man wounded in a shooting at a residence on East Sunny Acres Lane as Justin S. Johnson, 25, of Carterville.
House advances bill for vote on sales tax for road work
State lawmakers this week have advanced a call for voters to approve a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects. The bill, which passed the House on Tuesday morning, came as lawmakers moved forward on the dozens of bills remaining on their calendars in the final week of the General Assembly session.
LifeChoices slates fundraiser for new Carthage operation
A fundraiser to benefit LifeChoices is slated for Thursday night, as the organization that offers, among other things, pregnancy counseling prepares to open an operation in Carthage.
Mike Pound: Golf tournament built upon kind gestures
Chris Keller has known Shaun Hill since both were kids growing up in Parsons, Kan. So as Chris was getting ready for the third annual Marshall Dean Keller Memorial Golf Tournament, he called Shaun, who just happens to be an NFL quarterback with the Detroit Lions, and asked for a favor — and Shaun delivered.
Water shut-off notices to be mailed Wednesday
The city of Joplin today will start sending water shut-off notices to residents who have past due bills for wastewater and trash services, officials announced Tuesday.
Liberal girl receives high school, Crowder diplomas at ceremony
Whitlea Ulrich, 18, this week became the first high school student to receive an associate’s degree from Crowder College upon graduating from high school.
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