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CARTHAGE, Mo. — Masks will not be required to be worn in public in Carthage; the city’s parks are not limited to gatherings of 10 people or fewer; and the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration and the Jasper County Youth Fair will continue as scheduled.


Confirmed COVID-19 numbers continued to rise Wednesday in the Joplin area. The tallies climbed, according to health department Facebook pages, from 582 to 636 in Jasper County, from 492 to 500 cases in Newton County, and from 152 to 165 in Joplin.

Jazuri and Jenari Lopez had strong senior seasons in cross country, but the coronavirus pandemic ended their school year early and ended their Carthage sports careers without getting to play soccer in their senior season.

After falling behind 6-4 following the opening round of doubles match play, the Springfield team rallied past Joplin on Monday to retain the Horton Smith Cup for a second straight season.

WEBB CITY, Mo — After losing their final season to the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball seniors from around the Central Ozark Conference converged onto the new turf at Chuck Barnes Field for a showcase doubleheader and one last chance to take the diamond together.

Carl Junction’s Brooke Buchele netted a game-winning goal in a penalty shootout to lift the North over the South in the girls soccer showcase of the Central Ozark Conference Senior Games on Monday night at Joplin High School.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers harshly criticized state corrections officials' “failure of leadership” Wednesday, saying they botched their handling of the coronavirus pandemic by inadvertently transferring infected inmates to a virus-free prison, triggering the state’s worst…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America's reckoning o…

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police officers can be heard laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality, according to newly released body camera footage.

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state for archery, muzzleloading and modern firearms.

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CARTHAGE, MO - Hal Dennis Heisten, 68, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020. Cremation will take place. a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.

William Williams, 68, passed away at his home in Jacksonville, Fl. on May 25, 2020 following a short illness. William was born on May 8, 1952 in Joplin, Mo. William graduated from Joplin High School and MSSC. He worked for Shell Oil and resided in Dallas, Tx. prior to his retirement in 2013.…

GALENA, KS - Patricia L. "Patty" Walker, 85, a retired dental assistant passed away Friday, June 26, 2020. No formal services will be held at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

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