Wednesday, December 28, 2016

KOAM departure, Zach Williams protest, $3.5 million lawsuit among top January 2016 posts

I don't suppose it would surprise anyone for me to say that 2016 has not been a particularly great year. It started with me at Freeman Hospital  on New Year's Day undergoing my second stent operation in less than eight months.

Four months later, I was back in Freeman following a heart attack, undergoing triple bypass surgery.

Now as 2016 draws to a close, I am feeling much better, but I am afraid to say anything about it, remembering that I initially felt better after the first stent operation and the second one. So please allow me to remain cautious about that subject.

It has also been a year that has seen serious health problems for other members of my family, though thankfully, all are doing better as the year draws to a close.

On the other hand, it has been another successful year, content-wise at least, for the Turner Report and the Inside Joplin blogs, with readership up for all three.

During this week, nearly all media outlets review what happened during the year and the Turner Report is not going to break that tradition.

Over the next day or two, I plan to review the top posts for each month, listing the top 10 and mentioning a few that barely missed.

One thing you will notice- some of these posts were never covered in the Joplin Globe or by any other local media outlet and even in the ones that were featured in other media, you will often find information on this blog that was not included in the other reports.

Some of the top posts also feature the kind of commentary that you do not receive from any other Joplin area media outlet.

Please check the list, review posts you have read before, check out those you have missed and determine if the service provided by this blog, as well as the types of records-based police, courts, and community coverage on the Inside Joplin blog and the free, searchable obituaries on Inside Joplin Obituaries has any value to you.

Quite frankly, a small number of readers have been supporting this news operation and in order for it to continue at this high level and keep growing, I need help from others. Over the past several months, in particular since my operation, while I have cut spending nearly to the bone, my expenses have increased, much of it as a result of that operation, despite insurance.

At the bottom of each of these year-in-review posts, I will include subscription and donation buttons. If you do not feel the Turner Report/Inside Joplin contributes anything to you or to this community, please ignore them. If however, you appreciate the service that has been provided and if you see the value of what I have been doing day after day, month after month, and year after year, consider taking a subscription or donating any amount, large or small.

Those who would prefer not to use PayPal or a credit card can send contributions or subscription payments to Randy Turner, 2306 E. 8th, Apt. G, Joplin, MO 64801.

My apologies for the long message, now it's time for the Top 10 posts for January 2016:

1. Dave Pylnnt signs off at KOAM

2. My New Year's Eve stay at the Freeman Hotel

3. Drunk driver who killed Joplin child, Neosho man headed back to court

4. Zach Williams graduation controversy is about community and humanity

5. Russian national: Joplin businessman heated out of $3.5 million

6. Protest considered for JHS Graduation ceremony over Zach Williams request

7. Domestic violence victim: I shouldn't be alive

8. Reader: Martucci needs to go; nothing has changed at Joplin Schools

9. More changes for Joplin Schools, what a little transparency can do

10. Joplin businessman responds to $3.5 million fraud lawsuit

Some of the posts that did not make the Top 10:

Road to Blasters agreement began with Mark Rohr dog and pony show (the first news outlet to examine the documents relating to how the Blasters arrived in Joplin)

Reports: Empire District Electric sold to foreign company (Turner Report was the first area news outlet to report this)

Murder-suicide took place days before custody hearing

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1 comment:

Steve Holmes said...

I will be really happy to see 2016 in the rear-view mirror. May 2017 bring you better health and fewer trolls.