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Fri, Apr 25, 2008 1:23 PM
Thu, May 8, 2008 2:09 PM
NEOSHO, Mo. - An X-ray of the skull of some unidentified human remains recovered from a field near Granby showed a bullet lodged in
the decomposed tissue of the brain, the Newton County sheriff said Wednesday.
The preliminary finding of an autopsy conducted late Tuesday in Springfield confirmed the suspicions of sheriff's investigators
that the body was that of a homicide victim, most probably a man.
Sheriff Ken Copeland said a fragment of the bullet was removed by the pathologist who is conducting the autopsy. He said the bulk
of the bullet also is expected to be retrieved.
"It appears to be enough there that we can do some tests on it," the sheriff said.
Copeland said the caliber of the bullet had yet to be determined Wednesday. The victim's gender, age and approximate date of
death also remained uncertain.
A Missouri State University anthropologist who has agreed to examine the body for identification purposes will not be able to look
at it until Friday, the sheriff said. More about the victim may be learned at that time, he said.
The body was discovered Monday by a property owner who was using a brush cutter in a field along Raven Road, about 100 yards north
of Highway 86. The bulk of the skeleton - skull, torso, pelvis and one leg - was uncovered about 20 feet from the roadway.
The decomposed body had been ravaged by animals. Parts of one leg and both arms were scattered about the field. Most of the
victim's clothing had been pulled off. A pair of Levi's blue jeans, a pullover-type shirt believed to have possibly been gray in original color, some
men's underwear, and a black coat or jacket bearing the Claiborne brand label were recovered at the scene.
The skeleton had a gold chain necklace with an oval pendant around the neck. Photographs of the piece of jewelry were released
"We have hopes that someone's going to recognize the pendant and necklace, and come forward about it," Copeland
Investigators took the necklace to language instructors at Missouri Southern State University on Wednesday in an effort to learn
what language some lettering engraved on the back of the oval pendant might represent. The sheriff said it did not appear to be in any language or alphabet
that he recognized.
Copeland said the Sheriff's Department had received numerous calls by noon Wednesday from in-state and out-of-state
law-enforcement agencies with unresolved missing-person cases who were interested in descriptions of the clothing and necklace, and what little is known about
Mark Bridges, the county coroner, told the Globe on Tuesday that the body was in such a state that it was difficult even to
estimate the height of the victim. Little flesh was left on the skeleton, leaving a mummified appearance and confounding any attempt to discern race, he said.
The sheriff believes the clothing would seem to indicate an adult man.
How long ago the homicide may have taken place and where remain mysteries as well. The location of the body along a rural road
suggests it most likely was dumped there in the aftermath of the slaying.
"I can tell you from experience that I think we're looking at four months ago, four to six months," Copeland said.
"But that's not an expert opinion."
A suspected bullet hole in the skull had been noted by investigators, but the autopsy was needed to confirm the cause of death. The
sheriff declined to discuss, for investigative reasons, where the bullet had entered the skull.
Mark Bridges, Newton County coroner, has said a femur will be sent to Texas for DNA analysis and entry into a DNA database.
Thu, May 8, 2008 11:38 PM
By Greg Grisolano
NEWTONIA, Mo. - A bill calling for a study of Newtonia's two Civil War battlefields as possible candidates for the National
Park Service became federal law Thursday.
For Connie Langum and other members of the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association, phase one of the group's mission to
preserve the battlefields is complete.
"It's a good first step, a big one," said Langum, who also is the historian for Wilson's Creek National
Battlefield near Republic. "But we'll have to wait until there's money and go from there."
The bill, introduced by Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., aims to determine the best way to preserve the sites. It authorizes the National
Park Service to conduct a study to determine if the battlefields could be made a separate unit of the National Park Service or brought under the management of
For more than a decade, the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association has led efforts to preserve the area, including purchasing
11 acres of land and the historic two-story Ritchey Mansion, which served as a headquarters and a field hospital during both engagements.
The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, in a 1993 survey by leading Civil War historians, ranked protecting the 1864 battle site
as Priority I and the neighboring 1862 battlefield as Priority II.
Langum said a feasibility study typically costs around $300,000.
The first battle at Newtonia in 1862 saw American Indian units fight on both sides. The 1864 battle was one of the last fought west
of the Mississippi River. About 350 soldiers were killed or wounded in 1862, and 650 casualties were reported in the 1864 battle.
In a statement issued Thursday, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., praised the signing of Public Law 110-229, authorizing a feasibility
study on the Newtonia battlefields.
"More than 10,000 bills have been introduced in this Congress alone - and very few have had the chance to be studied by
committee, debated on the floor, passed by both chambers and signed into law by the president," Blunt said.
Fri, May 9, 2008 11:40 PM
An anthropologist from Missouri State University determined Friday that a skeleton discovered this week in Newton County is that of
"Her opinion is that the skeletal remains are those of an Asian male, possibly around 40 (years old)," Newton County
Sheriff Ken Copeland said.
The anthropologist needs to do more testing to firm up her opinion and to try to pinpoint an approximate date of death for the
unidentified homicide victim, he said. A bullet was found in the decomposed brain tissue inside the skull of the remains, supporting the Newton County
Sheriff's Department officials' belief they have a homicide investigation in progress.
The sheriff said the university anthropologist in Springfield took numerous measurements of the remains Friday morning as well as
tissue and bone samples for study. More may be known about the victim as early as next week, he said.
The remains were found in a field along Raven Road just north of Highway 86, south of Granby. They were discovered about 20 feet
off the roadway, along with various items of clothing believed to have belonged to the victim and a gold necklace with an oval pendant around the neck.
The set-stone pendant has an inscription on the back in what appeared to investigators to be a foreign language. The inscription
has been shown to language instructors at Missouri Southern State University in an effort to identify the language and the meaning of the inscription.
Copeland declined to say if those instructors had identified the language as any particular Asian tongue.
Items of clothing recovered from the area include a pair of Levi's jeans, a pullover-type shirt thought to have been gray in
color, a black jacket or coat bearing the Claiborne brand label, and one Doc Marten brand shoe.
The sheriff has said that the body appeared to him to have been decomposing for about four to six months. But investigators are
hoping to get a more expert estimation of the date of death from the anthropologist or a forensic pathologist in Springfield after tests are completed.
Sat, May 10, 2008 1:30 AM
On Monday, the price for a single, first-class postage stamp for a one-ounce letter will increase one cent to 42 cents.
While for some people buying stamps might be the last thing they want to do in the face of a rate increase, one particular stamp
has been selling briskly in bulk.
Sharron Davis, manager of customer service at the post office at First and Main streets in Joplin, said Forever stamps, which until
Monday will cost 41 cents, have been selling well.
"People have been buying those stamps over everything, usually people buy rolls of the flag stamps or books, but since the
increase was announced, we have been selling more of the Forever stamps," Davis said. "People have been buying 500 to 600 stamps at a time.
"They came out last year when we had our last increase. The No. 1 seller in the past was the Elvis stamps, but the Forever
stamps have even beaten that."
Judy Herron, of Joplin, said she and her husband, Floyd, bought several of the Forever stamps on Friday.
"We just ran out of stamps, and we were tired of making the trip to get more and we knew the price was going up, so we just
thought we would get enough to last us six months or so," Herron said.
"We bought 50 books of stamps. It was $410. We usually just buy the rolls of stamps that are around $50, but we go through
them in a couple months."
On Monday, the Forever stamps will still be available for purchase, but they will be sold at the increased rate of 42 cents.
But Davis said the Forever stamps will never expire, remaining good for first-class postage regardless of any other increase that
Sat, May 10, 2008 1:38 AM
Suitcase? Check. Airplane ticket? Check. Hawaiian shirt? Check and recheck.
Joplin's new airline service will sport a Hawaiian theme on its planes and its employees when it lands this summer.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for Essential Air Service (EAS) at the Joplin Regional Airport to
Island Air, a Hawaiian carrier that will expand to the mainland by serving Joplin and some of its EAS sister cities: Grand Island, Neb., and Harrison and Hot
"We want to bring our sense of Ohana to the community," said Jeffrey Hartz, spokesman for Island Air. Ohana is the
Hawaiian word for family.
"Our airline is like a family atmosphere," he said. "We try to treat everybody like family. We like to treat our
customers more like family than just customers."
That includes bringing Island Air's tropical-painted airplanes to Joplin, he said, and decking out employees in Hawaiian
"We don't want to shy away from our heritage," Hartz said. "We want to bring it as a unique market
The bid approved will provide three trips a day to and from Kansas City for an annual subsidy of $1.27 million to be paid by the
federal government. Ticket prices were estimated in Island Air's bid to be about $49 for a one-way fare, but that will be set when service starts and fuel
costs are known.
City and airport officials had recommended a bid by another company, Mesaba Airlines, doing business as Northwest Airlink, for
three trips a day to Memphis. That would have required a federal subsidy of $2.1 million a year.
Airport Manager Steve Stockam had said the Mesaba bid was preferred by he city because Northwest Airlink is a national-brand
carrier that might make for easier transitions for passengers to connect to flights with other national airlines at Memphis. The company that is ending service
to Joplin because it is liquidating, Mesa Airlines, is flying passengers to Kansas City.
"It will work fine," Stockam said Friday of the Island Air service versus flights to Memphis. "We have already
proven that the Kansas City service has revitalized our air-service issues."
A third bidder for the Joplin service was Great Lakes Aviation, of McCook, Neb. That company proposed service to Kansas City at a
cost of $671,977, but that option did not provide enough seats for the number of passengers using the Joplin airport, Stockam told the DOT.
Hartz said Island Air will serve Joplin with Dash 8 aircraft that are larger planes than those used by other carriers. The planes
have a restroom and will be staffed with an attendant, he said.
Island Air will target late June to have plans and equipment in place to start airline service at the Joplin Regional Airport this
summer, spokesman Jeffrey Hartz said.
Wed, May 21, 2008 6:19 PM
NEOSHO, Mo. - A Newton County deputy shot and killed a large, black cat of uncertain species Monday morning when the animal, either
a leopard or a jaguar, charged him.
Capt. Richard Leavens of the Newton County Sheriff's Department said Vickie Sanders, 61, called shortly after 6 a.m. Monday to
report what she took to be "a black panther" at the door of her home at 9555 Orchid Drive, southwest of Neosho.
When Cpl. Donn Hall of the Sheriff's Department arrived, he spotted a large, black cat standing on its hind legs and pawing at
a storm door of the home.
"When he got out of his car, it charged him," Leavens said. "He fired on it and wounded it. It ran past him to the
end of the driveway and then came back at him."
Hall left his patrol car with a shotgun and fired two shots on the cat's initial charge, Leavens said. As the cat charged a
second time, Hall fired additional shotgun blasts and then pulled his .45-caliber Glock handgun, he said.
"It took several shots with that to get one that took effect," Leavens said.
Hall escaped any injury from the cat, as did Sanders and her dogs, Leavens said.
Sanders had been hanging some laundry on a clothesline in her yard when the cat appeared and started toward her, Leavens said. She
told the Sheriff's Department that one of her dogs "intercepted" the cat, allowing her time to get inside her home along with her dogs.
The cat then began pawing on the door of the home and kept it up until Hall arrived, Leavens said.
A state Conservation Department officer was called to the scene after the animal was killed. While the species of the animal was
not immediately certain, the suspicion was that it was not accustomed to living in the wild.
"This most likely was a kept animal that either had been dumped out or had gotten away," Leavens said.
He said officers could see, after it had been killed, that its claws had been surgically removed.
He said there has been some speculation that the cat might have been on the loose in the wake of the recent tornado damage in the
The animal's body was taken to Scott's Taxidermy in Newton County. James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist with the
Missouri Department of Conservation office in Springfield, went there to take a look at it late Tuesday afternoon.
"We're going to have to do some further research to tell exactly what it is," Dixon told the Globe after his initial
look. "It's either a leopard or a jaguar."
Leopards are native to both Africa and Asia, with black leopards found in Africa. Jaguars are indigenous to South America, Central
America and certain parts of the southwestern United States. But black jaguars are practically unheard of in the United States.
"When you look at it very closely, you can see spots," Dixon said of the animal that was killed.
He said it will require some skull and teeth measurements to ascertain the species. Tissue samples could be taken if those
measurements are not conclusive, he said.
The fatal shot appeared to have been a round from the Glock that struck the cat in the chest, Dixon said.
Even the weight of the animal remained uncertain Tuesday. The Sheriff's Department had estimated it at 50 to 60 pounds, the
taxidermist at 40 pounds. Dixon said the animal appeared to have been well-fed, even fat, perhaps from having been kept in a cage. But its stomach seemed
empty, which might explain its behavior, he said.
"He could have just been coming around looking for a handout," Dixon said. "Who knows what it was thinking? But
that's pretty odd behavior."
Jaguars and leopards are seldom seen in the wild because they sense humans long before humans see them and usually have no
interest, Dixon said. He said the Department of Conservation does not regulate either leopards or jaguars because neither is deemed a species indigenous to
"I guess the important thing about this from a conservation standpoint is that people should know there is not a population of
large, black cats wreaking havoc across southern Missouri," he said.
Large cats are required to be registered with sheriff's departments in Missouri, but this cat was not registered with the
Newton County Sheriff's Department, Capt. Richard Leavens said.
Wed, May 21, 2008 6:28 PM
Courtesy/Jeanine Gilbert A black bear pauses near a pan of corn and seeds set out for
birds in the yard of Jeanine Gilbert, south of Joplin.
The area south of Joplin offers tranquil surroundings replete with wooded hills and homesteads.
Oh, and bears too.
Yes, at least two black bears have been regularly sighted and photographed in that area in recent weeks, according to area
residents and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The two are likely part of a resurgence in Missouri's bear population.
Conservation officials are strenuously urging residents not to feed the animals.
"We think we have at least a couple of bears wandering around in that area," said James Dixon, a wildlife damage
biologist with the department. "They act as if they are being fed by local people. I don't know that they are, but they are behaving like they
Dixon said the two probably are related because bears are habitually solitary animals and two normally would not be seen in the
same area unless they were related, although he acknowledged that he could not confirm it. He said he could not determine the sex of either bear based on the
photographs he received. Conservation officials are investigating whether the bears hail from the area or have migrated from somewhere else, such as Northwest
Dixon said he started receiving reports of the bear sightings a few weeks ago. He said those reports are now coming in almost
The two bears have been seen most regularly around parts of Greenwich Lane, a private road south of Joplin.
Lynn Mahan, 5138 Greenwich Lane, said she has not yet seen either of the bears. But she has received a letter from a neighbor
containing a photograph of one of the bears in the couple's back yard and alerting the neighborhood to the animals' presence.
The bear, according to a copy of the letter, climbed into the couple's fenced yard, played on a swing set and with the family
dog's toys, and looked around the grill before leaving.
At the end of Greenwich Lane, where the road dead-ends, is the home of Jeanine Gilbert, where both bears have been sighted
separately by Gilbert or by construction crews that are building an outbuilding behind the home.
Royce Cantrell, of Galena, Kan.-based Cantrell Building Services, has been working at
the Gilbert home and said he saw one of the bears less than two weeks ago. He said another member of his crew has seen the other bear.
Cantrell said the bear wandered onto the property while the crew was working. It appeared healthy, he said, and lingered in the
area for a little while before leaving. It was not aggressive.
"It (could be) more a nuisance than anything," said Cantrell, who photographed the animal before it left.
Gilbert told a Globe photographer that the bears might have been drawn to the sunflower seeds, corn and other seeds that she put
out for birds. The bears have been seen eating that food.
Gilbert described the bear as gentle, but conservation officials warn that feeding the bears, even accidentally, could trigger a
disastrous chain of events for the animals.
"They don't realize that doing it just that one time might lead to that bear's demise," Dixon said.
The fear, he said, is that feeding the bears only encourages them to stay in a residential area and to venture onto people's
property in search of food.
And while some property owners might like to have bears on their land, the risk is that those bears will start venturing onto
neighboring properties, even if they are unwanted.
That could mean bears inflicting unwanted property damage, Dixon said. It also could lead to the property owner shooting the animal
or someone being injured.
That argument was echoed by Jeff Beringer, a resource scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Missouri's black bear population has increased over the past few decades, particularly since the state of Arkansas initiated
efforts in the 1980s to replenish its dwindling population, according to the department. Missouri's black bear population remains concentrated in the
southern part of the state, according to the department.
Beringer said firm estimates for Missouri's current bear population remain elusive. He said he is fashioning a proposal for a
statewide study based on the success of a pilot program undertaken by the state last year.
Under the pilot program, the state set out bait stations to attract black bears and placed strands of barbed wire nearby to snag
fur samples. DNA tests on those samples will allow conservation agents and biologists to identify the bear and determine its sex.
The frequency with which different bears wander into the bait stations and the ratio of males to females that go to the stations
should allow the state to extrapolate the total bear population, Beringer said.
Whether the study is implemented will depend on whether state funding for the project is approved, he said.
"It is competitive," he said of the funding application. "It has to be considered an important question to
Globe photographer T. Rob Brown contributed to this report.
Safety tips - for you and the bear
The state Department of Conservation is urging residents whose neighborhoods have reported bear sightings to take certain
n Do not feed the bear(s).
n Do not approach the bear(s).
n Put up and/or secure any garbage, birdseed or pet food that might attract a bear.
n Upon seeing a bear, call the state Department of Conservation. The number for the Joplin office is 629-3423.
Sat, May 24, 2008 1:48 PM
But a genealogy buff from Gladstone is determined that they will be remembered.
After searching for a decade to fill in the last hole in her family tree, Gloria Lundy finally traced her grandfather to Kansas City's old potter's
field where paupers, influenza and tuberculosis patients, and murder victims were unceremoniously buried.
Now on weekends Lundy, machete in hand, hacks her way to the past. Trampling through rugged terrain, the 62-year-old has rediscovered hundreds of metal
stakes with broken glass nameplates that once marked graves dug by city jail inmates. The scene was described, by former gravediggers, in decades-old newspaper
The bodies were interred in flimsy boxes that often broke apart. Boxes were buried on top of one other, and not very deep, because the ground was rocky.
Guards would open them to look inside. With each new burial in the 1920s and 1930s, a new piece of paper bearing a new name would be slipped behind the glass
window on the stake. Of course, all the slips disintegrated.
No friends, relatives or clergy were present.
"None of these people ever had any words said over them," Lundy noted during a recent visit to the site. "I want them to have a memorial
service and I want their descendants to be able to find them."
An informal service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. May 31 in the meadow north of the National Guard Armory, 7600 Ozark Road.
Lundy has begun the tedious task of poring through death certificates hoping to create an inventory of the people buried in the field. She has allies.
Audreay McKinnie and Corinne Patterson, members of the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition, have been working for about a year to compile
names of people buried in the area by combing the records of black funeral homes. They will make their research available to others.
"If we don't keep our history together so others can research it, what good is it?" asked Patterson, who discovered that her aunt, Mary
McCanse Brown, was buried in the potter's field in the 1930s.
Preston Washington, a former Kansas City police officer and now a drug and alcohol counselor, has visited the site as a member of the black genealogy group.
Part of the area later became the Kansas City police firing range. Washington practiced on that range but had no idea there was a cemetery below.
"I was too busy trying to qualify, man," he said. "I don't know what I'd have thought if I'd known I was shooting over dead
There are two areas of the potter's field, now separated by Interstate 435. The older section on the east was used from the 1910s to the 1930s and was
not segregated between white and black. The later section on the west was used until the 1960s and was segregated.
But over the years the burial grounds were forgotten. Nancy Leazer, superintendent of the municipal jail, said that she had heard about them and that
occasionally people ask for permission to tramp around back there. She said no records of the cemeteries remain at the jail.
Earlier this year Lundy, a school nurse, was searching old death certificates available online at the Missouri secretary of state's Web site. She found
her grandfather, Robert William Jones, who died in 1929 of diabetes, apparently penniless, and was buried at "Leeds."
Lundy had never heard of a cemetery called that. Asking around the genealogy center at the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence and elsewhere, she
began to hear stories of the old potter's field, which was sometimes called Municipal Farm Cemetery or Leeds Farm.
Lundy eventually found her way to the site and now visits about every weekend. Leazer gave Lundy permission to do this on the east side because she has
family buried there. The western section by the police range is posted "no trespassing."
David W. Jackson, archivist for the Jackson County Historical Society, also has trekked the site. Using coat hangers bent into dowsing rods, Jackson said he
was able to locate several round concrete markers just under the sod in the western section. Prisoners at the Municipal Farm apparently made those markers
using empty food cans as molds and inscribed them with numbers that corresponded to a partial list of names that survived.
Records of the others, especially in the section on the east side, apparently have been lost. Lundy estimates there are thousands of bodies in the eastern
section alone and as many more in the western section.
To protect the sites, she enlisted the help of area archaeologist James Roberts, who called in colleague Gary Walters of Versailles, Mo. Together they
determined the coordinates for the burial grounds and sent them to the Missouri State Historical Preservation Office, which recently listed them as
archeological sites. State law offers some protection for old cemeteries, and the listing also brings federal protection.
The land containing Kansas City's old potter's field is not prime real estate, and the number of graves that would have to be relocated for
development would be very expensive. Still, Lundy wants to make sure the burial grounds are respected. She also would like those empty metal grave markers to
be protected and, perhaps, to create a meditation area.
"I want it recognized as a cemetery by the city," Lundy said. "I want it marked."
The African-American genealogy group is equally determined that the people in the potter's field not be forgotten.
"They need some kind of honoring," said McKinnie, a founder of the group. "They do need some kind of recognition that they're buried out
Sun, Jun 1, 2008 1:57 PM
Entertainment headlined by "American Idol" performers Phil Stacey and Joplin's own
Asia'h Epperson, an appearance by the Incredible Hulk, and fireworks are lined up for this year's
The family-friendly festival is booked Friday through Sunday at Landreth Park.
For the second year, admission will be $5 per person for all activities, including concerts, and will be done with
"Boomer buttons" rather than tickets or stamps. "Boomer buttons" depict the city's groundhog mascot, a cartoon character named
"Boomer" in honor of the city's mining past.
Phil Stacey, a country music artist and former "American Idol" competitor, will headline Saturday
night's show. Stacey's hit, "If You Didn't Love Me" recently ranked 31st on the Billboard Top 100 country chart. That song is the title
cut for a CD he recently released titled "If You Didn't Love Me." It was co-written by Gary LeVox, frontman for Rascal Flatts.
Stacey made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., this year.
An appearance by Asia'h Epperson, a Joplin contestant this year on "American Idol," has been added
to the entertainment lineup. She will open the Saturday concert at 7 p.m., followed by Rissi Palmer. Palmer, a country and western artist,
also has ties to Missouri. She grew up in a suburb of St. Louis. Her songs include "Country Girl" and "Hold On to Me."
Grammy award winner "Jars of Clay" will headline Friday night's show of Christian music along with
an appearance by "NEEDTOBREATHE." Church choirs will perform Sunday.
"The music has become one of the well-known events," said Mark Williams, the festival's past chairman. "The
other is the children's activities. We're doubling the kids' area again but not doubling the price."
Williams said organizers hope to offer more activities for "tweens" and teenagers by providing a full-size carnival and
activities that involve the popular video games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band."
"The Hulk" will make an appearance on Sunday.
Other events will return, including the Boomtown Days 5/10K Run and Fun Run/Walk and the car show.
Attendance has doubled since the festival started, Williams said. "Last year we had 40,000 in attendance."
"Boomer Buttons" are on sale at The Joplin Globe, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Joplin Convention and
Visitors Bureau at City Hall.
Main grounds: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Childrens' area: 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
4 p.m. - Boomtown Idol registration begins.
5 p.m. - Festival Gates open. Boomtown Idol contest begins on main stage.
7:30 p.m. - NeedtoBreathe performs on main stage.
9 p.m. - Jars of Clay on main stage.
6:15 a.m. - 5/10K Run registration.
7:30 a.m. - 5/10K Run begins.
8:45 a.m. - 5/10K Run awards on main stage.
9 a.m. - Festival gates open.
1 p.m. - Beer garden opens.
3:30 p.m. - Boomtown Idol finals.
6:30 p.m. - Boomtown Idol winner performs.
7 p.m. - Asia'h Epperson performs.
8 p.m. - Rissi Palmer performs on main stage.
9 p.m. - Kids' area closes.
9:10 p.m. - Fireworks display from Dover Hill.
9:30 p.m. - Phil Stacey on the main stage.
10 a.m. - Festival gates open.
10:30 a.m. - Worship service on main stage.
Noon - Resonate performs on Main Stage. Kids' area opens with appearance by the Incredible Hulk, who will be on hand until 5
12:45 p.m. - Joy Jammers perform on main stage.
1 p.m. - Joint choir finale on main stage.
5 p.m. - Festival closes.
Wed, Jun 4, 2008 3:58 PM
Jasper County deputies were forced to use their cars as obstacles to get an erratic driver, swerving from ditch to median Thursday
morning on Interstate 44, stopped before anyone was injured, including a baby girl inside the driver's vehicle.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Department said three deputies responded shortly after 9 a.m. to reports of a Chevrolet Suburban
swerving from side to side at varying speeds in the eastbound lanes of I-44.
They located the vehicle near mile marker 25 and tried to pull it over, the Sheriff's Department said in a news statement. The
female driver slowed to about 35 mph but would not stop, the statement said.
When one deputy maneuvered his vehicle in front of her and tried to force her to come to a stop, she accelerated and her vehicle
struck the rear of the deputy's vehicle and then struck its passenger side as the deputy attempted to move his car to the side, the statement said.
The second impact caused the vehicle to stop, and the deputy got out and ran to it as the other deputies tried to block the vehicle
in front and rear, the Sheriff's Department said. The doors to the vehicle were locked and its windows rolled up, and the driver ignored deputies'
commands to put her vehicle in park and roll down a window, the statement said.
The driver reportedly tried once again to drive forward but came to a stop, and one of the deputies was able to break out the
window of a rear passenger seat and unlock the front passenger door. Another deputy then was able to get inside the vehicle, place it in park and remove its
keys from the ignition, the Sheriff's Department said.
Deputies found a 4-month-old girl in a car seat inside the van.
"The child was properly secured and appeared normal, fine," Deputy Brandi Richardson told the Globe.
The driver also did not appear injured, she said. But the 55-year-old woman from Joplin appeared disoriented and was not responsive
to deputies' questions, she said. The deputies learned who she was through identifying information she had in her possession and learned the baby girl was
The baby's father was notified and the child turned over to him, Richardson said. The grandmother was taken to McCune-Brooks
Hospital in Carthage for examination, she said.
The incident remained under investigation Friday by the Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Richardson
said no charges had been filed pending the outcome of those investigations.
Wed, Jun 4, 2008 4:12 PM
Globe/T. Rob Brown With the Lentz-Carter Mercantile building in the background, Chuck
Dalbom talks about what could be the focal point of an effort to revitalize the Newton County town of Stella.
STELLA, Mo. - One step at a time, Chuck Dalbom and others are working to put Stella back on the map.
The latest step came last month when the Lentz-Carter Mercantile Store, which Dalbom owns with his wife, Doris,
was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The building has been a fixture in Stella since 1890. It is Stella's oldest surviving building.
"It was a mercantile store, and of course at the time, it sold everything," Dalbom said. "One gentleman said that
the Lentz-Carter building was the mall of yesterday."
Brooms, pots and pans, chicken feed and fencing, the store sold it all. In 1899, Stella's first telephone was installed in the
store. For a brief period, the upstairs was used as a Masonic lodge.
"Later, it was used as a flea market and was allowed to deteriorate," Dalbom said. "The building has changed very
little since they built it."
The site went up for sale because the previous owners hadn't paid taxes. Dalbom, who has lived in Stella for 40 years and is a
former principal of the town's school, jumped at the chance to buy it.
He was inspired to refurbish it after the Environmental Protection Agency took down Stella's old hospital.
"The old Cardwell Hospital was taken down about a year and a half ago by the EPA because it was filled with asbestos, and the
windows were broken," Dalbom said. "Wind was blowing the asbestos out into our air, and it presented a real hazard to not only our young people but
everyone who lived in town."
After the EPA tore down the hospital, the agency's representatives told the residents of Stella, which is home to 174 people,
that their town could be revitalized.
"The EPA gave us a master plan on how Stella could be rebuilt to attract new residents and businesses," Dalbom said.
"At one time, there were 500 to 600 people here."
As part of that plan, residents are planting about 100 trees on a tract of land south of a bridge that spans Indian Creek so they
can convert the land into a city park.
Not far from that site, Dalbom and others have mounted a separate campaign to convert land adjacent to the Stella Senior Center
into a Veterans Memorial Park, complete with tree-lined walkways, a flag and a five-pointed star. The walkways would be paved with bricks engraved with
veterans' names. Dalbom said he and other committee members are pushing for the veterans park to be complete later this year, in time for the town's
annual Stellabration on Nov. 1.
Dalbom and his wife decided to try to get the Lentz-Carter building classified as a historic site because state and federal tax
credits provide an incentive for restoration. After several unsuccessful attempts, the building finally was approved for the list.
"We had to dot all of our I's and cross all our T's," he said. "It was like writing a term paper for a tough
Dalbom said the town has the potential to grow because it has its own sewage system, water system and state-of-the-art
communications company complete with fiber-optic capabilities. The store would serve as an anchor for redevelopment.
"I think it could be the drawing card that a small town needs," he said. "There's a lot of potential here. When
you look at Stella, with everything that's here, it's wide open for development. Someone is going to find Stella one of these days."
Dalbom said that after recently visiting Ireland and seeing the small, European-style cafes there, he was inspired to turn the
building into a restaurant.
"We'd like to have an upscale soup-and-sandwich restaurant, including a bakery, like the Cafe Angelica in Neosho or the
Panera Bread chain," he said.
Thu, Jun 19, 2008 11:57 AM
By Greg Grisolano
A petition drive to put a marijuana-decriminalization proposal before the city of Joplin is close to having the necessary number of
signatures, according to organizers.
"I'm feeling pretty good about it," said Kelly Maddy, head of Sensible Joplin, the organization behind the effort.
"We've put a lot of hard work in it, and we're feeling pretty confident."
Maddy said his organization has rounded up about 6,000 signatures and hopes to increase the number to more than 7,000 by the time
it presents the petition July 7 at City Hall.
Maddy, who also is president of the Joplin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has been heading
up the "sensible sentencing" drive since last September.
If the group's proposal is endorsed by voters, possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana or possession of marijuana
paraphernalia would become an administrative infraction - like a traffic ticket or nuisance violation - and not a criminal violation in Joplin. Thirty-five
grams is about 1 1/4 ounces.
Possession cases currently are not referred to the county prosecutor unless the amount of marijuana is 35 grams or more, making it
a felony offense, according to Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department.
Numbers provided by the Joplin Police Department indicate that the average age of those arrested for marijuana possession from July
2006 to July 2007 was 26.5 years. They were overwhelmingly male and predominately white.
The proposal says adults arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, which is 35 grams or less, or for possession of
marijuana paraphernalia would not be jailed or have to post bond. Those found guilty in municipal court would be subject to a $250 maximum fine.
City Attorney Brian Head said the city clerk's office will have 20 days to authenticate the signatures on the petition. If the
group has met the quota of about 4,700 signatures, the issue would be brought before the City Council.
Joplin's charter provides the council an opportunity to approve a petition measure outright, or reject the motion and set it
for the next general election ballot, which would be in November.
Mayor Gary Shaw said he could not speak for the council, but he expects that if the petition is valid, the voters will have the
"Personally, if I were to make a guess, the council would leave it up for the people to decide," he said Wednesday.
"I have no idea how the council would vote, but I suspect something of this magnitude would be left up to the people."
Under current law, those convicted of marijuana possession or possession of paraphernalia within the city are subject to a fine of
up to $500 fine and/or up to 100 days in jail, based on the judge's discretion at sentencing.
No howard...*correction* writes:
"You have to pick your battles" - correction
No howard... writes:
This group was designed to save city resources, help police focus on serious crime, and end the
ridiculousness of arresting adults for marijuana. Who is to say they don't care about poverty or the environment? You have to pick their battles and they
are fighting and winning this one..
Sensible Joplin writes:
You can contact us @ 417-291-0135 to sign the petition or visit our blog on
Since the "slippery slope" argument is, by definition, a logical fallacy, you'll have
to forgive me for not being swayed by it. Present facts and use logical arguments if you want to convince people. By the way, I'd love to sign the
petition--where/when can I do that?
It is just sad that with everything wrong in the world today that priority number one for this group
is to minimize the legal repercussions of their lifestyles. Kudos for getting people politically active, but pathetic that this is the cause they throw their
energy behind. Who cares about poverty or the environment as long as I can smoke some weed and watch some mindless comedies and have psuedo-intellectual
conversations into the night.
Anybody using this slippery slope argument should be prepared to tell us not only why they would
discount science and reason, but also what's at the bottom of that slope. Not what fantasy they can dredge up from fevered, frustrated-fiction-writer
imaginations, but what science, reasonable probability, other countries' experiences, and our own past experiences with prohibition tell us. (Tip:
prohibition is tailor-made for propping up and enriching gangsters, which you wouldn't think would be on the government's "to do" list.
Unless they need the crime lords to help them launder money for illegal arms deals, which is just so I-love-the-80s.) It is possible to be informed on this
issue; they remain, apparently deliberately, ignorant. If they had the fortitude to look honestly at all of those factors, they'd have to face the fact
that their position is running on fumes. Decriminalize Joplin!
Go Kelly go!
Slippery slope. They will tell you this is as far as they are going to go with this, but it's
not. This is part of the plan to decriminalize then legalize.
Mon, Jun 23, 2008 4:50 PM
By Greg Grisolano
NEOSHO, Mo. - Authorities with the Missouri Department of Conservation said last week they have identified the large, black cat
that was killed May 19 in Newton County.
James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist with the department's Springfield office, said the animal's hide was sent to a
mammal biologist at the St. Louis Zoo who identified the animal as a juvenile leopard.
"Once they saw the pattern on the coat, they knew," Dixon said Friday. "Because it was so young, we couldn't
tell the species from the carcass."
Dixon said the department received the carcass almost immediately from the Newton County Sheriff's Department, which responded
to a call on May 19 to the home of Vicki Sanders, at 9555 Orchid Drive, southwest of Neosho.
Hall left his patrol car with a shotgun and fired two shots on the cat's initial charge. As the cat charged a second time, Hall
fired additional shotgun blasts and then pulled his .45-caliber Glock handgun, according to reports. Hall escaped injury, as did Sanders and her dogs.
Based on photos taken after the incident, authorities were unable to determine whether the cat was a leopard or jaguar. Dixon said
the hide took an additional two weeks to get to the department because the deputy had taken it to a taxidermist.
According to a news release from MDC last week, the cat was declawed and had no food in its stomach, indicating it was a captive
animal that had escaped.
Reached for comment Friday, officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Department said they were expecting experts from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine the carcass and hide next week.
Large cats are required to be registered with sheriff's departments in Missouri, but no one has come forward to report it
missing, said Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings.
Leopards are native to Africa and Asia, with black leopards found in Africa. Jaguars are indigenous to South America, Central
America and parts of the Southwest United States.
James Dixon, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said this may be the first shooting of a leopard in the state of
Missouri since at least the early 1900s, when one that escaped from the circus was shot and killed in the state.
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 3:19 PM
Janine Hasselquist, Webb City: "People that are going to do bad things with guns are going to find a way to get them,
but people who are good are not going to have any way to defend themselves at all. I think it is an essential liberty."
Dirk Reese, Carthage: "Basically, I feel that I have the right to defend my home and my family at all times, and
having gone through the proper training and safety courses, I think anyone should be allowed to carry a firearm."
David Goodyear, Joplin "I am an individual-rights supporter, and guns are a part of that. I think every individual
has the right because the Constitution says we do. Whether it is guns or books or whatever it is going to be, we should protect those rights."
By Roger McKinney
Gun-rights advocates on Thursday hailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of individuals to own guns.
The 5-4 ruling was the first time the high court had interpreted the Second Amendment since it was ratified in 1791. The court
struck down the District of Columbia's total ban on handguns.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony
Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented.
Scalia wrote in his majority opinion that the District of Columbia was left with a variety of tools, including some handgun
regulation, for combating gun violence.
Among those who were pleased with the ruling was Brandon Spaugy, owner of Brandon's Gun Trading Co. in Joplin.
"The thing is, it's constitutional," Spaugy said. "What actually makes me unhappy is that they would bring it
up for re-evaluation."
He said he thinks gun-control advocates were hoping that the Supreme Court would find a way to erode rights of gun ownership.
State officials in Missouri were quick to praise the ruling. Attorney General Jay Nixon noted in a news release that he and 30
other attorneys general filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging it to adopt the position that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individuals to
"Today the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed what we in Missouri have long held as a mainstream value: that the Second Amendment
guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms," Nixon said in the statement. He said he supports measures to ensure that criminals don't get
guns, but that it is important to protect gun rights secured by the Founding Fathers.
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt also praised the ruling.
"Today's decision is a blow to those groups and liberal politicians who oppose gun rights and who seek to sabotage the
Second Amendment rights of Missourians and all Americans," Blunt said in a statement.
Joplin police Chief Lane Roberts said he is taking a matter-of-fact position on the ruling.
"When you're talking about a constitutional issue, whatever the Supreme Court decides, that's the law of the land
and that's what I support," Roberts said.
Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said he thinks the Supreme Court made the correct decision.
"I've always been for citizens to keep and bear arms," Copeland said. He said the Missouri law allowing concealed
handguns hasn't resulted in a single negative incident.
"The crooks and thieves get guns anyway," he said. "I think it's certainly the right of the good people who
follow the laws to protect themselves."
Randomly asked by the Globe for her opinion was Tracie Hudson, formerly of Goodman and now of Waynesboro, Pa., a few hours from
Washington, D.C. Hudson, who was at Northpark Mall on Thursday, said she agrees with the Supreme Court decision, but she doesn't think it's a
"I am kind of in the middle, because a family that feels they need protection, they should be allowed to own a gun,
something small and simple," Hudson said. "But I am against having, like, a lot of guns and things that are fully automatic. That I would be
against. So I wouldn't want to ban guns, but they definitely need restrictions on them."
Hudson said she owns a .22-caliber pistol that she bought for self-protection when she lived in Goodman. She said it makes her
The ruling is not being praised universally.
"This is an instance of right-wing judicial activism," said Paul Zagorski, a political science professor at Pittsburg
(Kan.) State University. "The court isn't supposed to make policy. They're supposed to interpret the law and the Constitution."
He said the court disregarded the opening clause of the Second Amendment, which reads: "A well regulated Militia, being
necessary to the security of a free State."
"If it had no meaning, the framers could have put in any other clause," Zagorski said. "The detachment of the
first clause and the second clause seems strained. It creates a strange way to read the amendment."
He said that by allowing continued regulation, the court also disregarded the second clause, which reads: "The right of the
people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
"I also think the court has read the Second Amendment in a way that is historically illiterate," Zagorski said.
"It pays very little attention to the reason for the Second Amendment in the first place. The militia was a big issue."
He said the conservatives on the Supreme Court, who claim to be strict constructionists about the Constitution, are having it
both ways by following that until the Constitution is in opposition to conservative principles.
Zagorski was asked how the Supreme Court managed to avoid ruling on the issue for more than 200 years.
"They've found a way, I think, to allow the local and state courts to do what they want without trying to weigh in on a
fundamental issue," Zagorski said. "That's often what courts will try to do."
Staff writer Dustin Shipman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed."
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 8:35 PM
Globe/T. Rob Brown -- Jim Hodson, owner of Jim's Place in Carthage, points to the spot that cameras picked up the strange
By Dustin Shipman
CARTHAGE, Mo. - It's closing time at Jim's Place, 1:30 a.m. on a Sunday.
The dim, neon light reflects through the whiskey bottles behind the bar, and the nasally voice of Bob Dylan plays on an old Rowe
The members of the Ghost Hunters and Investigators of the Ozarks begin setting up electromagnetic field meters, video cameras and
the audio equipment they'll need to look for any signs of poltergeists, phantoms of other paranormal activity in the establishment.
According to employees at Jim's, there have been several unexplained incidents and a general sense of something unworldly and
"spooky" at the bar, located at 324 W. Fourth St. Stories of supernatural encounters have been traded back and forth between the staff and customers
for years, but it wasn't until last month that a motion-sensing security camera captured something which has confirmed suspicions and made nonbelievers
The video is a short, 10-second clip from the security camera. A strange light - an orb of some kind - hovers over a chair, the
very seat favored by a longtime customer who is now deceased. The orb raises from its position and moves forward, then quickly away from the camera and out of
view up a staircase.
Shannon Silvey, a manager at the bar who lives in an apartment above it, said she has had several encounters with the
"ghost," which she believes has been captured on film.
"This kind of stuff happens all the time in this building, two or three times a week," Silvey said. "I will be here
late at night and hear footsteps in my kitchen. Once I was in here late one night and no one else was here and all the Tupperware flew off the top shelf in the
With the video evidence in hand and a curiosity to get to the bottom of these strange events, a call was made. No, not to the
Ghostbusters or X-Files agents, but to a paranormal investigation group called the Ghost Hunters and Investigators of the Ozarks.
"Basically, our job is to help anyone who thinks that they need help with a paranormal problem," said Rex Baldwin, lead
investigator for the group. "We try to see if we can find a natural explanation for things and a lot of the times it can be. But other times it can't.
We approach everything we do as skeptics. We try to disprove the activity, and when we are left with something you can't disprove, then we can consider
that as evidence."
The group originally started out based in Aurora, said founder Bill Hutson, but now has members from around the region.
"Twelve members in all and from as far away as Lawrence, Kan.," Hutson said. "We get pretty regular calls. We could
probably investigate something every other night if we had the available schedule, but right now we have something pretty much every weekend."
The Ghost Hunters is a nonprofit organization. They do not charge for their services in any way - they simply follow paranormal
leads to the best of their ability and offer the best explanation possible.
Since they formed, they have investigated several sites where unexplained phenomenon have occurred. Most of those locations have
resulted in seemingly normal findings; however, according to Hutson, there have been plenty of incidents which are unexplainable.
"We usually catch one or two EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena), which is the majority of paranormal activity that you
find," he said.
One of the more unusual things Baldwin said the group has been witness to took place at the Princess Theater in Aurora, where three
members of the group were investigating activity in the basement when a lightbulb dislodged itself from a railing and struck a door. While this incident was
not caught on video, a camera on the opposite side of the door did pick up the noise of the breaking bulb and what Hutson described as the sound of a
child's voice admitting to the incident.
He said the group takes their investigations very seriously and try to rely on hard evidence. They are driven not to make money or
interfere with anything paranormal that might be present, but out of simple curiosity.
"For most of us, it's curiosity. Everyone wants to know what happens after this life, if there is an afterlife, that's
the ultimate question," Hutson said.
After spending several hours in Jim's Place, the word is still out on their findings. The members of the Ghost Hunters and
Investigators of the Ozarks are studying the readings taken in the bar.
In the meantime, employees at the bar said they will continue to tell stories of their ghostly encounters and to look over their
shoulder late at night, watching for any sign of the unexplained.
Is the truth out there?
For more information about the Ghost Hunters and Investigators of the Ozarks, visit their Web site at www.ozarksghosthunters.com or e-mail them at [email protected]
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 8:40 PM
As most of you know, Joplin Public Library has a newly revised Web site at www.joplinpubliclibrary.org. When we revised the site, we changed the way we display the online databases. Categories
were created to help you find databases by subject. We also made links to parts of databases so you have a better idea what a database holds and to lessen the
steps you have to take to find your answer.
Most of the databases the library offers are available from home and they are being constantly updated. Two of the databases
reviewed this year have some changes. With a call to the publishers of "Salem Health," the confusing first login screen has been eliminated. Now when
you click on the icon for access, you go directly to the screen to input your library bar-code number. "Oxford Language Dictionaries Online" was
introduced at the first of the year with four languages in combination with English: Spanish, French, German and Italian. Chinese and Russian were promised for
later in the year and they are now available. Pronunciation software was also added so you can now hear the word pronounced in the language you are
As mentioned earlier, some of the databases cannot be offered to home users and are only available in Joplin Public Library. One of
the databases that the library has offered for many years, "American National Biography," falls into this category.
"American National Biography" is a database offered through Oxford University Press and is the electronic version of a
classic reference set, the "Dictionary of American Biography." The database has more than 18,000 biographies of deceased people who are significant
in United States history. It also includes 900 articles from "The Oxford Companion to United States History."
The people profiled include figures from government, politics, entertainment, science, labor, business and more. Biographies are
added and updated semi-annually with articles of recently deceased notables added more often. The latest update includes profiles of David Brinkley (reporter),
Bob Hope (entertainer), John Gotti (organized crime), Mary Kay Ash (business), Strom Thurmond (government), Emily Geiger (revolutionary war spy), Philip K.
Dick (author), Nathan Jacobson (math), Dale Earnhardt (race car driver) and Gregory Peck (actor).
"American National Biography" offers many different ways to search the database including name, full text, occupation,
gender, birth date, birthplace and death date. A simple search can be done from the home page, and other searches are done using the "Custom Search"
screen. Users can also do research by using specially selected collections or the research topics.
The specially selected collections are Black History, Women's History, Asian Pacific American Heritage, American Indian
Heritage and Hispanic Heritage. From the "Custom Search" screen, you would enter a search term and choose a category. For instance, if you were
searching for black military figures, you could choose Black History and enter "military" as your search term. The results list displays biographies
of people who are significant to black history and to the military.
The Oxford editors selected 12 research topics for students and others who are doing research. The topics have articles from
"American National Biography" and the "Oxford Companion to United States History." Researchers can choose from American Literature, Arts in
America, Black History, Civil Rights Movement, Civil War, Depression and the New Deal, Frontier and Western Expansion, Gilded Age, Hispanic American Heritage,
Native American Heritage, Women's History and World War II.
The database also includes a "Teacher's Guide to Using ANB Online." The teacher's guide has six lesson plans that
highlight the importance of studying biographies as an end in itself and as a starting point for doing further research.
Even though full access to this database requires you to come into the library, you can have free access to some of the content.
You can view, from home, the "Biography of the Day" and, by choosing "What's New," any of the biographies covered in the current
So the next time you are in the library, stop in the reference area and use one the computers reserved for database searching (no
library card required) and see what "American National Biography" has to offer you.
Patty Crane is the reference librarian at Joplin Public Library.
Wed, Jul 9, 2008 1:59 PM
Two-vehicle accident takes the lives of three area people
(July 9, 2008) According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, three persons died as the result of a nearly head on crash which occurred on
Highway 43, six miles southeast of Liberal at 9:35 p.m. on Sunday.
A 2007 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jesse Neal, 32, Joplin, crossed the center line and struck a 1998 Mercury nearly head on driven by Marya Toler, 50, Liberal.
Neal was southbound, and Toler was northbound at the time of the accident. The impact of the collision was so hard, the truck turned over and skidded on its
side before stopping.
Neal and Toler and one occupant in the Toler vehicle, Daniel Toler, 48, Liberal, were pronounced dead at the scene by Barton County Coroner Dr. Tucker Joustra.
Rebecca Toler, 26, Liberal, also a passenger in the Toler vehicle, was taken by helicopter to St John's in Joplin. She received serious injuries in the
DANIEL TOLER/MARYA TOLER
LIBERAL - Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at Faith Fellowship Church in Greenfield, for Daniel Toler, 49, and Marya Toler, 50,
Liberal, who died Sunday, July 6, 2008. Burial will be in a Liberal cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Konantz-Warden Funeral Home, Lamar.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rebecca Toler Fund or the Faith Fellowship Church, in care of the funeral home.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Jesse grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School. He has lived in Joplin for the past three and a half years. He worked for Building
Specialities in Joplin for the past four years. Jesse loved spending time with his son and enjoyed camping, boating, and water sports at Grand Lake with
his wife and family.
In addition to his wife Camie, he is survived by one son, Treysen Neal, Nevada, Mo.; four stepchildren, Austin, Cassidy, Jacob, and Michael; his mother
and stepfather Susan Kay and Wiley Boatright, Joplin, Mo.; his father, John Lee Neal and his wife Kim, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; two brothers, John Neal, El
Dorado Springs, Mo., Gary Neal, Joplin, Mo.; one half-brother, Nathan Neal, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; two half-sisters, Kimberly Massengail and Angie Neal,
El Dorado Springs, Mo.; two stepsisters, Tennille Lundien, Miami, Okla., and Jennifer Morrison, Battleground, Wash.; stepbrother, Jay Boatright,
Battleground, Wash.; grandmother, Maude Blodgett, El Dorado Springs, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael
Kristopher Neal in 1978; his grandmother, Leta Mae Moore in 1998, and one niece, Shaeleigh Kay Neal in 2000.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, July 10, at Ferry Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Friends
may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute to the Treysen Neal Trust Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo.
View obituary and send condolences online at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.
Wed, Jul 23, 2008 9:46 PM
From staff reports
The trial of a Stella man accused of raping and murdering his stepdaughter will take place in another county, a judge ruled this
Defense attorneys for David W. Spears, 25, had requested a change of venue earlier this year. That motion was
granted and the case transferred from Barry County to Pulaski County under the ruling by Circuit Judge Robert Wiley, according to court records.
Spears and friend Chris Collings, 32, of Wheaton, are charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape and
statutory rape in connection with the death of 9-year-old Rowan Ford last year. Spears and Collings have pleaded innocent to the charges.
Collings' attorneys are scheduled to be in court on Aug. 19, with a location for his trial possibly on the agenda.
Investigators believe Ford was abducted early Nov. 3 from her home in Stella in Newton County, raped and murdered in Barry County,
and her body disposed of in McDonald County. The body was found in a sinkhole after a nearly weeklong search by authorities and volunteers.
Authorities say both Spears and Collings have confessed to the crimes, but they are trying to reconcile discrepancies between their
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox is seeking the death penalty against the two men charged in the murder of 9-year-old Rowan
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 5:20 PM
By Melissa Dunson
Millions of dollars are going to spruce up Joplin's Main Street, but it was some broken windows and decaying brick that drew
some national attention this week.
"It's about the visual contrast of the new and the old," said Gary Valenti, art director for Marshall Advertising and
Design in Costa Mesa, Calif. "We want this worn and weathered backdrop with this shiny piece of jewelry."
Valenti was in Joplin Thursday with a crew of photographers to shoot photographs for a 2009 Yamaha Star Motorcycles calendar. The
photographs feature the winners of Star Motorcycles' annual online bike show, in which motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country submit photos of
their customized bikes in a contest to see who has the "sweetest" ride.
Six of the motorcycles were chosen from more than 400 entries. The winners got a free trip to Star Days annual motorcycle rally in
Bentonville/Rogers, Ark., and had their bikes professionally photographed by Valenti and his crew for use in the 2009 Star Motorcycles calendar and in
promotional posters and marketing ads over the next year.
Valenti photographed a 2005 VStar 1100 custom motorcycle, owned by Stuart Seifreit, of Winter Haven, Fla., in the parking lot of
the Joplin Family YMCA downtown building at Fifth Street and Wall Avenue. But they spent most of the day photographing a 2004 Road Star owned by Raul Valdez,
of Miami, Fla., in the Virginia Avenue alley between the old Christman building and Christopher W. Dumm's law office.
Valenti said he first noticed Joplin's deconstructed architecture five years ago during a trip through the area. He made a note
of what he liked, then sent a location scout to Joplin earlier this summer. He said the inner-city/urban look of Joplin's downtown reflects the personality
and passion that Star Motorcycle enthusiasts have.
"People who ride in cars do it because they have to," Valenti said. "People who ride motorcycles are passionate
about it. They tend to be more independent and have an aggressiveness about them. They want to go out and do this and a lot of it is about being
Some of the other locations for the calendar shoot include a scrap-metal yard in Rogers, Ark., a railroad in Springdale, Ark., and
a Los Angeles backdrop.
Valdez, owner of one of the motorcycles being photographed, was in Joplin Thursday to pose with his bike. He said he knew his
customized bike was going to be a little bit special when he designed it, but had no idea it would make it into the calendar.
"Even when I'm riding it, people are pointing," Valdez said. "It's a pretty wicked ride."
View the bikes
The calendars will be available sometime in November or December on Star Motorcycles' Web site, www.starmotorcycles.com, and at Yamaha motorcycle dealerships. Photographs of the six bikes to appear in the calendar can
also be seen online by visiting Star Motorcycles' site and clicking on the link for the virtual bike show at the bottom of the page.
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