The two major regional newspapers, the Joplin Globe and the Springfield News-Leader posted their first stories on the McDonald County sex cult story today.
Since the Globe has apparently written off the McDonald County area, today's news that a Lambert/Epling relative, George Johnston, a pastor in the East Newton area, had been charged with eight counts of statutory sodomy in Newton County, enabled the Globe to piggyback onto the story. Of course, if Globe reporters had checked earlier, they would have had no problem finding a Newton County connection to the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church. The Eplings were located in Newtonia prior to moving to McDonald County.
The News-Leader posted a story this morning about the Oct. 2 hearing for the Raymond Lambert, Patty Lambert, Tom Epling, and Paul Epling. Oddly, this story, though well-written by former Globe reporter Melissa DeLoach, was termed "breaking news," even though The Turner Report and the local TV stations had the story two days ago and the Neosho Daily News ran it in its Tuesday edition.
Obviously, newspapers are joining in on the nonsense of terming everything "breaking news," that has made the term almost useless in television news. The fact that a hearing in a criminal case was scheduled two days ago is not breaking news.