Monday, June 24, 2019

Governor's office asks President Trump for major disaster declaration after severe flooding

(From the Office of Gov. Mike Parson)

Today, acting on behalf of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe requested that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in 41 Missouri counties that have been hard hit by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms beginning on April 29 and continuing throughout the spring.

“Historic long-term flooding continues to devastate families, businesses, and communities across Missouri,”Governor Parson said. “As I’ve traveled across the state, I’ve seen families battling to clean up flood-damaged homes, and others struggling because their homes are still under water. In addition, in late May, our state was battered by tornadoes and storms that destroyed or heavily damaged almost one thousand homes. Communities and volunteers are working hard to help their neighbors, but there’s a clear need for federal assistance to help Missouri families recover.”

Governor Parson said joint Preliminary Damage Assessments, conducted by the State Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and local officials, examined 1,650 primary homes, of which 953 had been destroyed or sustained major damage. The assessments also showed that 125 of 251 businesses that were examined had been destroyed or sustained major damage.

Based on the joint assessments, the state requests Individual Assistance for 41 Missouri counties. Individual Assistance would allow eligible residents to seek federal assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles, and other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding and storms. Those counties are Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barton, Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Carroll,Chariton, Christian, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Dallas, Douglas, Gasconade, Greene, Grundy, Harrison,Hickory, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston,Macon, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Polk, Pulaski, Saline, St. Charles, St. Louis, and Ste. Genevieve.

Seven teams began conducting joint damage assessments today for Public Assistance, which would allow local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies to seek federal assistance for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs for damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

The state expects to request Public Assistance once joint Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed in 64 counties. Those counties are Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Bates, Bollinger, Buchanan,Caldwell, Camden, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Douglas, Dunklin,Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lewis, Linn,Livingston, Macon, Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, New Madrid, Nodaway,Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Ray, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler,Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright.

Additional joint damage assessments for public assistance may be conducted in more Missouri counties as additional information is gathered locally when floodwaters recede.

To assist families impacted by flooding and severe storms, several Multi-Agency Resource Centers are being organized across the state. MARCs are one-stop shops that pull together recovery resources in communities impacted by disasters. Among the agencies participating are SEMA, the American Red Cross,Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Insurance,Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, local public health agencies, and faith-based and volunteer agencies.

Three MARCs will take place this week, in Independence, Brunswick, and Boonville:

Tuesday, June 25

Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

19100 E. Valley Pkwy | Independence, MO 64055

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26

Brunswick R-2 High School

1008 County Road | Brunswick, MO 65236

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, June 28

Open Bible Praise Center

16991 Hwy 87 | Boonville, MO 65233

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Individuals with unmet needs should continue to contact United Way 211. Call 2-1-1 for assistance or visit Find more information as it becomes available about disaster resources, including additional MARC locations at

On May 20, President Trump approved Governor Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. 

The declaration made federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the storms and flooding. The Governor’s April 24 request stated $25 million in qualifying expenses had already been identified.

On May 21, Governor Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to continuing severe weather and forecasts for tornadoes and worsening flooding due to prolonged soil inundation throughout the state. On May 23, the Governor surveyed overnight tornado damage of Jefferson City, Eldon, and Carl Junction and thanked emergency personnel for their severe weather response. On May 27, Governor Parson activated the Missouri National Guard to assist with flood fighting efforts throughout the state.

Lieutenant governor to sign Senate Bill 397 enabling establishment of Museum and Cultural District in Joplin today

(From Connect2Culture)

Senate Bill 397, sponsored by Senator Bill White and handled in the House by Representative Lane Roberts, will be signed by Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe during a ceremony set for 3:00pm on Monday, June 24, 2019 at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (222 West 3rd Street, Joplin, MO, 64801).

Senate Bill 397 amended Section 185.815 of the Missouri Museum and Cultural District Act, extending the time period for property owners to form a Museum and Cultural District following a Presidential declaration establishing a disaster area from 5 to 15 years. For Joplin, this extends the time period that had expired as of May 2016 to May 2026.

Senate Bill 397 passed as a “clean bill” with no amendments by a vote of 33-0 in the Missouri Senate and a vote of 140-3, with 17 abstentions, in the Missouri House of Representatives. “Passing this bill by such strong votes as a ‘clean bill’ is a testament to the outstanding work and effort by Senator White and Representative Roberts with the full support of all Southwest Missouri Legislators,” said Clifford Wert, Connect2Culture President & CFO.

The Missouri Museum and Cultural District Act allows non-contiguous property owners to form a District within an approved redevelopment plan area, as adopted by municipal ordinance, within three years after a Presidential declaration. The proposed map for Joplin will be available at the signing ceremony on June 24, 2019. The purpose of the District is to promote community culture and the arts, recreation and knowledge – including supporting or promoting the performing arts, theater, music, entertainment, public spaces, public libraries, or other public assets.

Section 184.840 states that a district may receive and use funds for the purpose of planning, designing, constructing, reconstructing, maintaining and operating one or more museums and cultural assets, and conducting educational programs in connection with the museum or cultural assets.

Funding for the district may be generated in the form of: 1) sales tax collected at a retail operation of a participating property owner at a rate of either one-half of one percent, three-fourth of one percent, or one percent; 2) admission fee at a rate no more than one dollar per seat or admission; 3) a combination of a sales tax and admission fee.

This change to the Missouri Museum and Cultural District Act was one of the recommendations proposed in the final Vision Joplin 2022 report to the Joplin City Council through the efforts of its Quality of Life – Arts & Culture Subcommittee. Connect2Culture took the lead on this initiative, encouraging the City of Joplin to pursue this one-word change. Connect2Culture requested a partnership with the City to engage Burton/Liese Government Relations represented by Gary Burton. Mr. Burton worked with local legislators to get the bill filed.

“This partnership action between Connect2Culture and the City of Joplin, through the outstanding efforts of Mr. Burton and our elected State legislators, specifically Senator White and Representative Roberts, translates into a future opportunity for Joplin property owners to support operations of museums and cultural assets in Joplin,” said Wert.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Carthage man crashes into bridge, tells police he's "too drunk" to take field sobriety tests

A 1:30 p.m. July 1 arraignment is scheduled for a Carthage man who was arrested on a felony driving while intoxicated charge after slamming into a bridge on Central Avenue.

According to the probable cause statement, when Carthage Police arrived, multiple beer bottles were strewn along the roadway near the vehicle that had been driven by Stephan Winans, 32.

Winans was unable to stand without swaying or falling over. Winans' eyes were bloodshot and glossy Winans was so impaired that he was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Winans stated he was "too drunk to do it."

The investigation determined Winans was traveling east on Central when he struck a traffic light pole, disabling his vehicle.

The probable cause statement indicates Winans' blood alcohol content registered at .282, more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Online court records show Winans was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2012 and is two years into a five-year probation after pleading guilty to a felony non-support charge in 2017.

Winans is free after posting $10,000 bond.

Nancy Hughes: Praying as long as it takes

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has
granted me what I asked of him.”
I Samuel 1:27 (NIV)

I loved tucking my small children into bed at night. All I have to do is close my eyes and I can still smell the scent of Ivory soap on freshly scrubbed little faces as they snuggled into sheets that had been drying on the line outside. But perhaps the most fun of all was bowing my head with them as they said bedtime prayers.

Children have a way of stating simple but profound truths and I have no doubt that God smiles and lovingly focuses on each one. On one particular evening I listened as my seven-year old son asked the Lord to watch over an elderly neighbor who had not been feeling well for a few days.

Next my almost three year old asked God to help her catch Penelope, her cat, so that she could, in her words, “put my doll clothes on the poor, ole thang.” The last one to pray was my five year old. She put her little hands together, closed her eyes, and prayed with all her heart “Lord, Lord, when I grow up, help me to find the right man!”

I could not help but smile at her precious request of God as I kissed them all goodnight and shut the bedroom door. But before I could take two steps, the Lord spoke clearly to my heart: “Why are you smiling? That is exactly what you should be praying every day for your children.”

Instantly I was convicted of that huge responsibility and fervently prayed my sweet daughter’s prayer for a mate over each of them from that moment on.

Scripture tells us that Hannah had prayed fervently to become pregnant and God had granted her request. But what encourages me is that she didn’t pray once or twice and then sit back, waiting for an answer. I Samuel 1:3 says that year after year she and her husband went go to the sanctuary at Shiloh to worship and each time Hannah begged God for a child. Year after year after year.

Are you daily lifting up the future spouse for your son or daughter? That should be one of your first prayer requests each morning and the last one before you go to bed each night, year after year. We are encouraged in I Thessalonians to pray continually and to joyfully wait for an answer, even if it takes weeks or months . . . or years.

The Lord answered Hannah’s persistent prayer with a son that she named Samuel. And, in case you are wondering, He is answering my prayers for my children, too. Both of my daughters are married to Godly men who love the Lord and their families.

Join me in praying – as long as it takes – for Christian spouses for our sons and daughters.

Father, may I continue to be faithful in prayer, no matter how long it takes, for my children and their future spouses. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

R.A.P. it up . . .


Have you given serious thought to the spouse that your son or daughter will one day marry?
Are you willing to pray as long as it takes to ask the Lord to bring the right person into their lives?


No matter the age of your child, spend one minute each day asking God to bring a Christian spouse into his or her life.

Periodically share Scripture about a Godly spouse with your child and pray with them that God will bring that person into their lives in His timing.


I Samuel 1:27 (NIV) “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”

Galatians 6:9 (NIV) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) “Be joyful always; pray continually . . .”

(For more of Nancy Hughes' writing, eheck out her blog, Encouragement from the War Room.)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Some thoughts about Scott Smith, trucks, my next book signing and this week's top Turner Report/Inside Joplin posts

While I have written before about why I started posting free obituaries on the Inside Joplin Obituaries blog in November 2013, there has been an unexpected benefit that has come from that decision.

I have learned a lot about the people of this area, some of whom I knew before, but many, sadly, I never met until I became acquainted through their obituaries.

Many of the most visited obituaries on Inside Joplin Obituaries are of people whose lives were cut tragically short in their teens or 20s, or people who met horrific deaths in accidents or as a result of violent acts committed by others.

The obituaries of former teachers and school administrators usually draw heavy traffic because of the number of people who went through their schools or classrooms and often times those who have served in political office or whose names have been featured prominently in the news also receive a large number of visitors.

Sometimes, however, the people whose deaths are felt the most are not those we see every day or read about in the newspapers and see on television.

And this week, an obituary that grabbed my attention and the attention of a few thousand more of you was not the death of someone famous or someone notorious, but someone who greeted everyone with a kind word, a friendly smile and left you feeling good.

It almost made you wish you didn't see only see him every 3,000 miles.

The readership on Scott Smith's obituary started slowly when it was first published Tuesday, but has continued to grow through the week.

For a quarter of a century, he almost made the chore of getting your oil changed at Barney's Quick Lube in Joplin a regularly awaited pleasure.

When you pulled your car into the business on 32nd Street, you never felt like he was running it through an assembly line, though the business always had a steady supply of customers.

Scott Smith made you feel like your car was the most important one he was servicing that day and through a smile and a friendly conversation, he made you feel like you were the most important person who was going through the regular car maintenance.

That's a rare gift. He will be missed.

Trucks and pickups

I received an e-mail earlier this week that caught me off guard.

On Thursday, I ran a post on the Inside Joplin blog headlined "Barton County Sheriff investigating reports of men in trucks trying to lure children by using puppies, ice cream truck melodies."

The writer thought that I was giving truckers a bad name and stressed the difference between trucks and pickups.

The writer made excellent points and gave me something to think about if something like this ever comes up again.

I had considered using a different word in the headline and had considered using "pickups," but decided against it, primarily because the news release from the sheriff's office referred to "trucks" and I have never heard any references to ice cream pickups.

I also am unaware of anyone associating over-the-road truckers with targeting children.

But I will give it careful thought.

Signing July 20 at The Book Guy in Joplin

My next signing for Lost Angels: The Murders of Rowan Ford and Doug Ringler will be held 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, July 20, at The Book Guy.708 E. 15th Street in Joplin.

The Book Guy has copies of 5:41: Stories from the Lost Tornado, Scars from the Tornado, and Newton County Memories, in addition to Lost Angels.

I will have copies of my other books, available on the 20th, as well.

The signing will be in conjunction with the biggest sale of the year at The Book Guy.

Lost Angels is also available online at at the links below and can be purchased at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shop in Joplin, Granby Auto Supply and Hardware in Granby and Pat's Books in Carthage.

This week's top 10 most visited posts for the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries are listed below the Amazon ads with links to each.

The Turner Report

1. Probable cause: Joplin man murdered the mother of his grandchildren, shot his son and left him in critical condition

2. Probable cause statement: Lamar man kidnapped woman, threatened to "damn shoot" her

3. January cyberattack on MSSU exposed personal information about students, alumni

4. Neosho driver discovers saying "I'm drunk" during 7th and Maiden Lane stop does not ptevent DWI charge

5. Services being held for murder victim, accused killer pleads not guilty

6. Former Sarcoxie teacher pleads not guilty to sex charge involving student

7. Jalen Vaden to Jayda Kyle's father- I pray you know I didn't do this to her

8. Arraignment for former Sarcoxie teacher charged with sex crime set for Wednesday

9. Former Joplin police officer receives probation on assault charge in connection with DWI injury crash

10. Cynthia Davis: Truck drivers used to be considered gentlemen; now some of them can't even speak English

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Inside Joplin

1, Joplin woman killed, two men wounded in shootout at 8571 Eloise Lane

2. Wichita man drowns on Elk River in Noel while attempting to rescue female swimmer

3. Barton County Sheriff investigating reports of men in trucks trying ot lure children by using puppies, ice cream truck melodies

4. Joplin man arrested on weapons charge following disturbance on 500 block of South Joplin Avenue

5. New HIghway Patrol troopers in Troop A include Joplin, Webb City, Lamar natives

6. Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision at 22nd and Maiden lane

7. Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests

8, Joplin Police identify motorcyclist critically injured in crash at 22nd Street and Maiden Lane

9. Jasper County Sheriff's Office Arrests

10, Diamond trucker killed, two injured in fiery four-vehicle crash on I-44

Inside Joplin Obituaries

1. Sarah Tyminski

2. Scott Smith

3. Angie McCauley

4. Samantha Harr

5. Bobby Horton

6. Katherine Phillips

7. Corey Ellis

8. Vern Young

9. Bob Talley

10. Tim Hayes

Jasper County deputies use K-9, taser to capture drunk driving armed felon in stolen car in Carl Junction

A 1:15 p.m. Monday arraignment is scheduled in Jasper County Circuit Court for a Pittsburg, Kansas, man charged with four felonies in connection with a pursuit Tuesday that began in Crawford County that ended in Carl Junction with a shot allegedly fired by the accused and the deployment of a K-9 and a taser.

William Askew, 38, faces charges of DWI as a persistent offender, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in Jasper County, as well as auto theft in Crawford County.

The pursuit that led to the arrest of Askew is described in the probable cause statement:

On June 18, 2019 at 0938 hours I, Deputy (George) Datum responded to a vehicle pursuit with possible shots fired at Hill Ln and County Road 304 in Carl Junction, Jasper County MO. 

Upon arrival William Askew shot one single round in an unknown direction when he exited the stolen vehicle he had fled from officers in. (Askew) refused to comply with orders resulting in a K9 apprehension and taser deployment. 

A criminal history checked located several prior felony convictions for drugs and assaults. A single barrel shotgun was located with a spent 12 gauge shotgun shell. I observed the rifle having grinding marks on the side as if a serial number was removed. 

William was taken into custody at 1039 hours and transported to the Jasper County Detention Center for resisting arrest, armed criminal action, Stealing a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, Unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a defaced firearm."

In a separate report, Jasper County deputy Jonah Holly described the DWI arrest:

I attempted to set my issued spike strips at County Road 255 I saw William Askew driving the truck while swerving to miss the spikes.

When William was taken into custody at the end, I was able to smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Williams’s person. A PBT showed alcohol in his system with a .149. William was taken to the County Jail where he refused SFST’s. William gave a BAC of .152. William has a history with DWIs.

Services being held for murder victim today, accused killer pleads not guilty

Services for murder victim Sarah Tyminski, 32, Joplin, began at noon today in Schermerhorn Park in Galena.

Sarah Tyminski obituary

Tyminski, the mother of two and a security guard at St. John's Behavioral Health Center, was shot to death Monday at her home at 8571 Eloise Lane.

The man charged with first degree murder, Rickey Lamb, 60, Joplin, was arraigned Thursday in Newton County Circuit Court and entered a not guilty plea.

According to the probable cause statement, Lamb allegedly shot and killed Tyminski and wounded his son, Christopher Lamb, leaving him in critical condition. The shootings were over a custody dispute.

Probable cause: Joplin man murdered the mother of his grandchildren, shot his son and left him in critical condition

The next hearing for Rickey Lamb, who is also charged with assault and two count of armed criminal action, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday before Judge Anna Christine Rhoades.

Jason Smith: Nancy Pelosi's budget shows Democrats' values are spending more tax dollars

(From Eighth District Congressman Jason Smith)

It’s been more than two months since the deadline for Congress to pass a budget has passed, and Washington is no closer to slowing its spending.

Instead of trying to balance the government’s books, the Democrat leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives decided to skip the budget process altogether and go straight to spending, putting the cart before the horse and liberal priorities ahead of common sense. This was on display this week as the House voted on spending packages that have no chance of being signed into law in order to push a radical agenda.

Speaker Pelosi frequently says a budget is a statement of values. By proposing massive spending hikes without a budget, her party is showing they only value spending more of the American people’s tax dollars. The spending bills they passed out of the House would bust through current spending caps by more than $176 billion with no plan at all to pay for the new spending.

Instead of investing in defense or border security, the spending package gives tens of millions more of taxpayer dollars to the United Nations and ends President Trump’s Mexico City Policy, which means the spending package would allow American taxpayer dollars to be spent on abortions overseas. The Trump Administration would be forced to give family planning grants to abortion providers, and many of President Trump’s pro-life policies would be reversed.

These radical policies are apparently more pressing to Speaker Pelosi and her caucus than issues taking place on American soil. 

Just this month I traveled to the southern border and saw the humanitarian and security crisis that is overwhelming our immigration system. 

It would be bad enough if the spending packages this week passed without addressing the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, but the bills as authored by Democrats would actually make the situation worse. It blocks further construction of a border wall and prohibits government agencies from sharing information with each other about potential illegal immigrants in the country. 

I authored amendments to get rid of this reckless language and curb illegal immigration, but the Democrat-controlled Rules Committee blocked my amendments from even receiving a vote.

Democrat leaders know that the spending packages passed this week have no chance of being signed into law. The spending bills may not be real, but the consequences for the American people are. They are a complete waste of time, taxpayer dollars, and the opportunity to work together to end the crisis at the border.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Parson issues statement on Planned Parenthood license renewal application for St. Louis facility

(From Gov. Mike Parson)

Today, Governor Parson issued the following statement regarding Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis Facility license renewal application:

“We should all agree that, regardless of the number of Planned Parenthood facilities in Missouri, every step should be taken to ensure the protection, safety, and well-being of women's healthcare.

"Planned Parenthood is losing its license because it failed to meet basic standards of care, placed multiple patients in life threatening situations, performed multiple failed abortions where patients remained pregnant, and intentionally impeded the state’s health investigation by not allowing health inspectors to talk to the abortion doctors.

"If you don’t comply with the law, there will be consequences. If you don’t provide a standard of care that ensures the safety of women, you shouldn’t be allowed to operate. It’s that simple.

"However, if Planned Parenthood can show it is abiding by the laws and regulations here in the State of Missouri, it has every right, under the law, to have its license renewed and continue to provide patient services.”

Billy Long: Helping survivors of domestic abuse

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

Growing up, Christina Ford considered abusive relationships just a normal part of life.

Seeing her own mother in one, Christina assumed this was something that came along with loving someone. To her, being slapped, hit, pushed down and yelled at was a common theme in relationships. That was until she met her husband, Dana Ford, Missouri State University men’s basketball coach, in college. Having previously been in an abusive relationship, Christina had to learn what a normal relationship was like. Today, she’s happily married with four children.

Although Christina’s story had a happy ending, she understands that’s not the case for many women. 

In the U.S., one in three women are victims of domestic violence. In 2017, there were 45,000 domestic violence incidents reported in Missouri. In the same year, Greene County had nearly 4,000 reported, which made up 8.3 percent of the statewide total.

Christina’s personal experiences and the experiences of thousands of other women inspired her to start the Rebound Foundation, which supports and provides resources for survivors of domestic violence in southwest Missouri. 

In November, Christina, with the help of community leaders and businesses, opened a transitional home known as Marda’s House, which was named after her mother. This home provides shelter and safety for women and their children up to six months after they leave Harmony House (Greene County’s only domestic violence shelter). During these six months, women receive job skill training, parenting support courses, help finding permanent housing and financial literacy assistance.

Thankfully, the Rebound Foundation isn’t alone in this fight. Harmony House has long been a place survivors can turn to in times of emergency. In 2018, Harmony House was fortunate enough to secure 18 apartment units in west central Springfield for survivors. This allowed individuals another safe haven in Springfield to start over. As one survivor and resident of these apartments said, even though she’s 60, she feels like she’s 20 with her whole life ahead of her.

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting Christina and others who are committed to ensuring all survivors are taken care of and have access to the resources and help they need. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, survivors have a number of places to stay while getting back on their feet.