When I was promoted from general assignment reporter to managing editor of the Carthage Press in December 1993, the first major test came almost immediately with the brutal murder of eight-year-old Douglas Ryan Ringler, a second grader at Hawthorne Elementary.
It never gets any easier, whether it is murder of a child like Doug Ringler, Jonathon Munoz-Bilbrey or Jayda Kyle, a death in a car accident or from an illness, a suicide, or as a result of the violence of nature, as occurred with the death of newly-graduated Joplin High School senior Will Norton during the May 22, 2011 Joplin Tornado.
This week, the tragic death of 12-year-old Carl Junction sixth grader Kaylen Warren was the most visited post on the Inside Joplin Obituaries, while the announcement that counselors would be available for students needing to talk or needing help in dealing with Kaylen's death, was the second most visited post on Inside Joplin.
The most visited post on that blog was about the death of another young person, a seven-year-old who was killed in an auto accident.
It never gets any easier to write about. It is hard to put into words the passage of someone who had so much life let to live or to even fathom the heartbreak suffered by those who are grieving the loss.
I encourage you to check out the links below and see how much information is available here that you are not going to find anywhere else.
Thanks, readers, for recognizing the work that has been put into this alternative news source for the Joplin area and spreading the word. On three different days this week, the Turner Report and Inside Joplin combined for more than 50,000 unique visitors.
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The top posts for the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries are printed below with links to each:
The Turner Report
1. Joplin Toys R Us, Babies R Us stores expected to close
2. The man who brought us Wallace Bajjali wants to take his leadership to Jefferson City
3. Allegation that five-year-old Neosho boy inappropriately touched, threatened kindergarten classmate at center of possible legal action against school district
4. Ace Mohr walks, judge suspends sentence, places Carthage man on probation
5. So this guy crashes into my car at 7th and St. Louis and naturally, it seems he has no insurance
6. Recordings of interviews with Jalen Vaden, Devyn Kyle among items turned over to defense during discovery process
7. Despite social media claims, Judd McPherson was not at daughter's home the night Jayda Kyle was abused
8. Judge in Rangeline Sonic lawsuit orders company to turn over gender discrimination, sexual harassment records
9. Neosho City Council action: Residents ask Mayor Ben Baker to resign
10. Preliminary hearing set for former Newton County deputy charged with felony child abuse
1. Seven-year-old Granby driver dies after accident on private property
2. Counselors to be available to help students deal with death of Carl Junction sixth grader
3. Jasper County Dissolutions of Marriage
4. Superintendent: Rumor of planned school shooting, hit list at Webb City High School investigated, found not credible
5. Jasper County Marriage Licenses
6. Joplin Police Department Arrests March 7-8
7. Carthage man, Texas man injured in head-on accident on 43
8. U. S. Bankruptcy Court Petitions- Joplin
9. Joplin Police Department Arrests March 6-7
10. Joplin Police Department Weekend Arrests
Inside Joplin Obituaries
1. Kaylen Warren
2. Candy Patterson
3. Sadie Stevenson
4. Glenn Wammack
5. Larry McKinney
6. Glen Stone
7. Larry Dickey
8. John DeBolt
9. Tudgie Kaderly
10. Mary Crider