In the case of the top post on the Inside Joplin Obituaries blog, it was the remembrance of the joy that Wes Brewer brought to young people as the owner of Skateland in Webb City.
On the other end of the spectrum, it was the joys that were taken from young people in the Jasper R-5 School District thanks to the greed and selfishness of former board of education secretary Karla Jessee (pictured), who was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for embezzling more than $145,000 from the district.
Her actions, according to school officials, forced the district to go to a four-day week and eliminated activities for the children.
The links to the top posts for the Turner Report, Inside Joplin and Inside Joplin Obituaries can be found at the bottom of this post.
Newton County Memories
An update on my book Newton County Memories- Thanks to those who have let me know how much you have appreciated the book. It was a privilege to be able to tell stories about the people, places and events that have shaped my life.
A new shipment of the books arrived Thursday. Newton County Memories can be purchased locally at Always Buying Books in Joplin, Pat's Books in Carthage, and Granby Auto Supply and Hardware. They are also available at Amazon. com in paperback and e-book formats at the links below.
Slow summer for business end of Turner Report/Inside Joplin
The Turner Report/Inside Joplin blogs have had a major slowdown recently on subscriptions and contributions.
Thanks to those of you who have helped me to continue this news operation. I have referred to it in the past as a one-man news operation, but that is not quite accurate. You readers have played a major role in the success of the blogs with your continued readership, comments, sharing of the posts, news tips and more times than I care to admit, catching mistakes I have made and letting me know so I can correct them.
You have made suggestions that have helped improve the blog, often coming up with ideas that never would have occurred to me, but that have helped the Turner Report/Inside Joplin continue to grow.
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The Turner Report
1. Former Jasper R-5 secretary sentenced to two years, six months in prison
2. Embezzling Jasper R-5 secretary to judge: Words cannot express the remorse I feel for my crimes
3. Joplin man, West Virginia man sentenced for sexual act involving five-year-old at Neosho Inn, child pornography
4. Official DOJ news release on former Jasper R-5 Board secretary's guilty plea
5. McKinley Elementary Principal resigns; Barbara Cox hired on interim basis
6. Accused road rage killer bound over for trial, judge denies bond reduction motion
7. Joplin man pleads guilty to child pornography charges
8. Newton County Watermelon Feed features pro-choice Republicans, witch hunt criticism, threat to nail McCaskill "pow, right in the kisser"
9. Webb City man, 51, sentenced to 13 years in prison for having sex with a high school student
10. Federal grand jury indicts Carl Junction pharmacy owner on Medicare, Medicaid fraud, Botts pleads guilty
1. Joplin woman missing for more than two weeks
2. Neosho woman arrested, gun, drugs seized at 3 a.m. traffic stop
3. Gravestone installed for Ryder Potts, five months, after drive spearheaded by Newton County deputy
4. Jasper County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
5. Highway Patrol Arrests July 28-29
6. Newton County Dissolution of Marriage Petitions
7. Joplin Police Department Arrests July 30-31
8. Joplin Police Department Arrests August 1-2
9. Joplin Police Department Arrests July 31-August 1
10. Joplin Police Department Arrests August 2-3
Inside Joplin Obituaries
1. Wes Brewer
2. Benjamin Steubing
3. Siearra Paige Taylor
4. Gene Conduff
5. Abby Bixler
6. Kenny Zerkel
7. Betty Ball
8. Charles Palmer
9. Craig Hunt
10. Victor Strickland