First of all, I am not going to be modest. The Globe pays attention to what I am writing about. I am not so full of myself that I believe they are obsessed with my blog or that it is important to them, but the people at the Globe do pay attention to the Turner Report.
And I pay attention to the Globe.
For decades, I read the Globe in the morning and as I have noted before, when I was in high school, I paid Alan Oxendine 15 cents every afternoon for a copy of the Joplin News-Herald.
For a long time, I could count on spending a considerable amount of time each Sunday morning with the Globe.
That, sadly, is no longer the case.
While I still read and enjoy Wally Kennedy's page two column and can find some interesting AP stories, there is little to admire about the rest of the publication.
I open the newspaper every Sunday, every day for that matter, hoping that it will offer me a window of what is going on in the Joplin area. At times, it does, but those times have become fewer and fewer as the years have passed.
I have loved newspapers for as long as I remember and I want the Joplin Globe to a be a giant that serves the community, offers in-depth coverage no matter who may be offended and throws the cookie-cutter feature stories, columnists who believe their families should be the center of attention and the Rush Limbaugh/Fox News pretensions of Geoff Caldwell.
As I want the Globe to succeed, so would I like to see newspapers like the Carthage Press and the Neosho Daily News returned to ownership that actually cared about newspapers.
While the dearth of quality local journalism has opened the door for a one-man operation like the Turner Report/Inside Joplin to carve out a niche, I would still give anything to have the Joplin Globe, the Neosho Daily News and the Carthage Press return to being newspapers and not media products.
As some commenters, including those who spoke up for me, pointed out, the Turner Report is not a newspaper.
In this current media climate, I would love to see a quality weekly created to tackle this market, but it probably cannot be done any more. With the consolidation of newspapers, there is almost no place to get one printed.
I would love to have the opportunity to take on that kind of project in a digital format, with a handful of reporters, columnists who know the community and know how to write about it and a dedication to news as a public service and to the concept of journalists serving in a watchdog capacity.
That is unlikely to happen, but I can provide a news operation that offers news, commentary and investigative reporting and an outlet for people who want to comment on the matters that affect them. Add free obituaries, a considerable amount of records material, bulletin board items and coverage of crime and courts and the Turner Report/Inside Joplin offers just what I have promised- an alternative news source for the Joplin area.
Glance through the items in this week's Top 10 most visited posts on the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries and you will see some items that have not been available from any other source, some highly readable posts and a news service that keeps on delivering, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year.
Thanks to those of you who have contributed to this news operation, through word of mouth, sharing posts, making comments, providing news tips and documents, paying for subscriptions or making contributions.
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The Turner Report
1. Joplin High School assistant principal resigns, follows Eggleston to Seneca
2. Drunk driver sentenced to prison for killing Joplin girl, Neosho man arrested for DWI
3. Probable cause: 34-year-old Carthage man shaved, video nude underage girl, then locked himself in bedroom
4. Alba man charged with assault after allegedly beating girlfriend on I-49
5. Neosho man with four previous drunk driving convictions charged with DWI
6. Hawley: McCaskill wants illegals in U. S. no questions asked, allow them to use children as human shields
7. Wagner: America is safer today thanks to Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un
8. My fond farewell to Joplin Globe Publisher Michael Beatty
9. Hartzler: I am glad Trump addressed issue of children being separated from their parents; Obama did it, too
10. Jason Smith: Because of Trump tax cuts, people everywhere are optimistic about their future
1. Five Joplin residents arrested following SWAT team search warrant execution at 221 North Walnut
2. Carthage teen airlifted to Mercy Springfield after being run over by a dump truck
3. Carl Junction Police searching for porch package thief
4. Joplin man arrested following drive-by shooting, pursuit from Joplin to Labette County
5. Joplin teen held on $150,000 cash only bond for drive-by shooting at 406 N. Pearl
6. Joplin Police arrest Carthage woman with stolen car, drugs in her bra
7. Joplin Police Department searching for armed, dangerous teen wanted on 10 felony counts of assault, armed criminal action
8. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
9. Jasper residents arrested, drug operation uncovered
10. Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
Inside Joplin Obituaries
1. Lindsey Dieckhoff
2. Sue Mailes
3. Dave Yen
4. Hunter Calderon
5. Sonny Medley
6. Earline Spence
7. Grace McCoy
8. Angie Hoffman
9. Ellen Henderson
10. Jewel Vonier
One week from today- Saturday, June 30, I will join three other area authors for a signing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Neosho Public Library. It will be the first signing for my new book Newton County Memories, which will be available along with Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, along with my other books and Turner Report t-shirts. If you can't make it, you can order the books at Amazon.com.