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Jack Ballard pleaded guilty Monday to the beating of Michael Osborne with a baseball bat in a deal requiring Ballard to serve 120 days of shock time in prison in the Sept. 26 assault on the streets of Joplin.

Attempting to grow the sport in the region while also showcasing area athletes, the Southwest Missouri Vault Club hosted a free pole vault exhibition and youth clinic on Monday night inside Webb City High School’s Cardinal Stadium.

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Richard 'Dick' Cooper, age 80, Joplin, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Joplin Health and Rehabilitation Center after an illness. Richard was born January 3, 1939 in Lamar, Missouri to the late Harold B. Cooper and Hester Wagaman Cooper and had lived in Joplin most of his…

SARCOXIE, MO - Barbara Lee Fieker, 88, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Freedom Christian Fellowship Church, Sarcoxie. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home, Sarcoxie.

LANAGAN, MO - Katherine M. Hunter, 84, a retired property manager, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019. Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.

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