Friday, July 10, 2020

Joplin R-8 Board approves spending $218,000 to provide Chromebooks for all sixth and seventh graders

In a move that seems especially prudent going into a year that may require students to spend some time at home in addition to time in the classroom, the Joplin R-8 Board of Education, during a special meeting Thursday night, approved the purchase of Chromebooks for all sixth and seventh graders.

The district already provides Chromebooks to all eighth grade students, a recent change from the iPads that were used when the 1-1 initiative for eighth graders was first implemented.

According to board documentation, the Chromebooks will cost $218,106.08, with the money coming out of this year's operational budget.

In the documentation, the district's director of technology Eric Pitcher said, "The COVID-19 crisis has illuminated our need to make virtual/distance learning more equitable and viable for all secondary students in the district.

District officials will try to receive CARES Act funding to cover the cost.

Six COVID-19 deaths reported in Oklahoma

(From the Oklahoma State Department of Health)

As of this advisory, there are 19,092 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are 6 additional deaths; none occurred in the past 24 hours. 

-One in Garvin County, male in the 65 or older age group. 

-One in McCurtain County, male in the 65 or older age group. 

-One in Muskogee County, male in the 65 or older age group.

-Three in Tulsa County, two males and one female in the 65 or older age group. 

There are 416 total deaths in the state.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announces the Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System; a four-tiered risk measurement tool with corresponding color categories that identify the current COVID-19 risk level. 

This tool offers the public and local elected officials an easy way to recognize each county’s risk level. OSDH will update the alert system every Friday in the 11AM Situation Update based on a 7-day rolling average of new cases. 

For more information, visit

    Joplin R-8 officials offer details on how life will change for students when they return for classes

    In a video posted on Facebook and YouTube this morning, Superintendent Melinda Moss and other Joplin R-8 officials explained what life will be look like for students when they return to the classroom this fall.

    The officials detail the process they went through to establish the guidelines and health procedures they will use, how and when children will wear masks, how the buildings are being kept sanitized and the procedures that will be used if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

    The district will buy facemasks for all students and staff.

    If students have to be quarantined, options are outlined for how students in grades 6-12 will be able to keep up online. The R-8 Board of Education authorized the purchase of Chromebooks for sixth and seventh graders.

    Dustin Moyer named Joplin Police Department Detective of the Year

    Joplin Police Department named Dustin Moyer detective of the year, making the announcement in a Facebook post Thursday.

    "(Moyer) has established himself as a hard working, thorough detective who excels at investigating all aspects of crime," Chief Sloan Rowland said.

    In 2019, Moyer recovered approximately $100,000 worth of stolen property, completed 13 search warrants and assisted on 37 search warrants and obtained 37 confessions, according to the post.

    "While working SIU (Special Investigative Unit) in June 2019, Moyer was able to coordinate a stop on a vehicle that led to the recovery of 127 grams of meth and over $16,000 in cash. That arrest ultimately led to federal indictments against the offender."

    In October, Moyer made arrests and obtained charges on several Joplin teenagers who were conducting an armed robbery spree.

    "Detective Moyer is an asset to the Joplin Police Department and the Investigation Bureau," Rowland said.

    Jasper, Newton County businesses receive more than $150,000 in Paycheck Protection Program funds$150

    Over the past couple of days, the Turner Report has posted the names of Joplin businesses and corporations that received more than $150,000 in Paycheck Protection Program funding from the Small Business Administration.

    Listed below are businesses from other Jasper and Newton county communities that received the funding:


    $1 million to $2 million

    Jeff Asbell Excavating and Trucking

    $350,000 to $1 million

    Meridian Oil and Equipment
    Mid Central Contractors

    $150,000 to $300,000

    Asbell Trucking, Inc.



    Henson Foundation Drilling



    Seward's Insulation



    Granby Telephone Company


    $350,000 to $1 million

    D&E Pizza

    $150,000 to $300,000

    Atnip Enterprises


    $350,000-$1 million

    Christ's Church of Oronogo



    Baugh Industrial Construction


    $350,000 to $1 million

    Heritage Oak LLC

    $150,000 to $300,000

    Jay Hatfield Ford
    Sarcoxie Nursing Center


    $150,000 to $300,000

    D&D Hardwood
    Seneca Telephone Company


    $2 million to $5 million

    Cardinal Scale

    $350,000 to $1 million

    Grace Precision Products
    W. C. Transport

    $150,000 to $300,000

    Baxley Anesthetics
    BP&W, Inc.
    Embassy Embroidery
    Kabinet Korner
    Madison Animal Clinic
    McCallister Body Shop
    R. G. Lily Investments
    Shree Govind LLC
    The Webb Corporation

    Thursday, July 09, 2020

    Oklahoma COVID-19 death count at 410 after three more recorded

    (From the Oklahoma State Department of Health)

    As of this advisory, there are 18,496 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

    There are three additional deaths; none occurred in the past 24 hours. 

    -One in Muskogee County, male in the 65 or older age group. 

    -One in Oklahoma County, male in the 50 - 64 age group. 

    -One in Pawnee County, female in the 65 or older age group. 

    There are 410 total deaths in the state.

    For more information, visit

      Former Lamar police officer pleads not guilty to five counts of statutory sodomy, furnishing pornographic material to a minor

      A former Lamar police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vernon County Circuit Court to five felony charges of statutory sodomy and one count of furnishing pornographic materials to a minor.

      The Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control arrested Brian Hansen, 47, Nevada, Tuesday. He is being held in the Vernon County Jail on $500,000 cash only bond.

      According to the probable cause statement, the crimes began when Hansen took an underage girl on a ride along when he was with the Nevada Police Department in October 2019, showed her a video of a woman performing a sexual act on a man and asked her if she could do that.

      The probable cause statement indicates she could, she performed the act on him that day and on four other occasions.

      Hansen told the Highway Patrol he thought the girl was 17.

      At the time of his arrest, Hansen was working for the Lamar Police Department, a job he had held since April.

      A bond reduction hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 20.

      Agenda posted for Joplin City Council work session

      JULY 13, 2020 5:45 P.M.

      Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, will hold a Work Session beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020 in the 5th Floor Council Chambers, 602 S. Main Street to discuss the following topic: 


      1. Guidehouse Presentation: Needs Assessment for CARES Act funds

      2. Museum Discussion 


      Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases in Greene County today, potential exposures at Walmart Supercenter, Walgreen, Starbucks, Inner Circle Vodka Bar

      (From the Springfield-Greene County Health Department)

      The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is notifying the public of potential community exposures from two COVID-19 positive individuals.

      Prior to being diagnosed, our cases went to the following locations:

      Thursday, June 25: Visited Walmart Supercenter at 1923 E Kearney from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, not masked)

      Thursday, June 25: Visited Walgreens at 1155 E St. Louis St around 7 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, not masked)

      Thursday, June 25: Visited Inner Circle Vodka Bar at 319 W Walnut St from 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (infectious and symptomatic, not masked)

      Tuesday, June 30: Visited PetsWay at 1517 W Battlefield Rd around 3 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic, not masked)

      Wednesday, July 1: Visited Starbucks at 433 W Sunshine St around 12 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, not masked)

      Thursday, July 2: Visited Walmart Supercenter at 1923 E Kearney from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (infectious and symptomatic, masked)

      Anyone who was at these locations on these dates is at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop.

      It is our responsibility to take steps to suppress COVID-19 in our community and interact with our environment carefully. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they need to stay home. We all need to practice physical distancing, proper hand hygiene and wear a face covering whenever possible. For information on how to properly wear a face covering and when to wear one, click here.

      A timeline of all known potential community exposures in the last 14 days is available here.

      34 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported by the Health Department today, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 440.

      Joplin businesses will have right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask once ordinance goes into effect

      (From the City of Joplin)

      After hearing public testimony from more than 20 citizens and several healthcare officials related to recent spread of coronavirus in our area and whether masks were an effective tool to reduce the transmission of the virus, Joplin City Council passed an ordinance enacting a face mask requirement for those in Joplin.

      The ordinance states that all people over the age of 6 should wear a face mask when inside public facilities or businesses that are open to the public, public transportation vehicles and outside when social distancing is not possible in groups of ten (10) or more persons who are not members of the same family or household.

      “We heard from our health officials that they are seeing a growing increase in cases,” said Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley. “While numbers may be decreasing in other areas, we are continuing to have more.”

      A 6-3 vote passed the bill that defines a face covering as a cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth or a full-face shield. It can be a sewn mask secured with ties or straps around the head or behind the ears; multiple layers of fabric tied around the head; made from a variety of materials, such as fleece, cotton, or linen; or factory-made or made from household items.

      Joplin and area health officials have stated that wearing a face covering, in combination with physical distancing of at least six feet and frequent hand-washing, may reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus when in public and engaged in necessary activities by reducing the spread of respiratory droplets.

      There are several exceptions noted in the ordinance related to health conditions, religious beliefs or some activities. All can be reviewed within the ordinance on the City’s website.

      Public facilities and businesses that are open to the public will be required to post a sign at their entrances stating that masks must be worn in the facility. To help businesses with this, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce website has templates available to print. Businesses will have the right to refuse service for failure to comply.

      Enforcement of this ordinance focuses on education in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and encourage compliance. Future non-compliance could result in a civil citation.

      The ordinance goes into effect at 6 a.m. on July 11, 2020 and will expire at 11:59 p.m. August 17, 2020 unless extended or terminated prior to that date by the Mayor or City Council. Citizens can read the ordinance in its entirety here. To view ordinance