The Globe breathlessly "confirmed" that Webb City will no longer hold its traditional "Mining Days" celebration:
Jeanne Newby, the city’s unofficial historian and a member of the Webb City Mining Days committee, confirmed Thursday that the annual Mining Days event, usually staged the last weekend in September, is being discontinued. In its place, the city wants to put on a series of other annual festivals with different themes in the downtown area, including a Route 66 event.
An attempt to reach Lou Gutheil, owner of the historic Bradbury-Bishop Deli and head of the Mining Days committee, for comment Thursday was unsuccessful.
Perhaps it would have been easier for the Globe to pin down this story if it had begun working on it when the announcement was made in the Webb City Sentinel at least three weeks ago. This is not news that had to be confirmed, it is news that was confirmed a long time ago. The only people apparently who did not know about it were the people at the Joplin Globe.
In addition to not reading the Sentinel, apparently Globe editors are also not paying attention to its business news competitors, Joplin Tri-State Business and the Joplin Business Journal. Had they been reading those publications, they would not have treated the bankruptcy of the Swimmin' Hole Water Park in Joplin as if it were breaking news:
A motions hearing in the civil case was scheduled for today in Jasper County Circuit Court, but it was canceled Thursday after the court became aware of the pending bankruptcy petition.
Because bankruptcy proceedings are filed in federal court, they supersede civil actions at the state level.
The business publications listed this bankruptcy quite a while back. This "pending" bankruptcy, as the Globe article calls it, actually was filed Feb. 29, exactly seven weeks ago.
There is no crime in being behind on news stories (though the Globe does have a problem with much news that is not of a breaking nature), but please, do not treat these stories as if they are Joplin Globe scoops.