Monday, November 18, 2019

Parson announces Clear the Air youth vaping awareness campaign

(From Gov. Mike Parson)

In a press conference today, Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of the state’s Clear the Air youth vaping awareness campaign to bring attention to the risks of using electronic cigarettes and vaping products.

In October, Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-18 directing the Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and Public Safety (DPS) to use existing resources to develop a statewide campaign to educate, warn, and deter the use of vaping devices among Missouri’s youth.

“One of the most important responsibilities I have as Governor is to protect the health and well-being of our future generations. Vaping is truly an epidemic among our youth, and we must take action now to educate them about the potential risks of these products,” Governor Parson said. “Over the last 30 days, DHSS, DESE, and DPS have worked hard to develop this campaign, and we appreciate their team effort to bring awareness to the dangers of youth vaping and ensure a healthy public now and in the future.”








The Clear the Air campaign will educate Missourians on the dangers associated with youth vaping by dispelling myths and providing facts about how the products and chemicals impact the health and brain development of our youth.

Education


Over the past month, DHSS, DPS, and DESE have worked together with partners from additional state departments and external agencies to learn more about the epidemic and how existing resources could be used for education on e-cigarette use. The social media portion of the Clear the Air campaign, which consists of graphics and a series of videos specifically targeting Missouri’s youth, launched on YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat today. A website for youth to learn more about the public health issue was also created at stopthevapemissouri.org.

“We greatly appreciate the Governor’s initiative in bringing together different state departments and our external partners, which has significantly moved us forward toward our goal of preventing harm to both young adults and others,” said Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams. “The rate of teen vaping in Missouri is continuing to climb. We believe the Clear the Air campaign is a great first step toward educating Missourians and changing this trajectory.”

Parents and educators are witnessing the negative impact of e-cigarette use and subsequent nicotine addiction on youth each day at homes and in schools. As part of the campaign, fact sheets for educators, parents, and medical providers are also in production, along with posters for school facilities.

“It is alarming to hear that 20 percent of Missouri students are now addicted to vaping,” Missouri PTA President Susan Rupert said. “The educators and parents supporting these children need help addressing this epidemic. This youth-focused campaign gives our students the hard facts while also better informing and supporting our school leaders and families across Missouri as they address this urgent issue with their students.”

Through communication with district administrators and a variety of other means, DESE will help bring Clear the Air campaign materials to Missouri schools and families at no cost. Additionally, cessation and addiction treatment information will be made available in order to arm schools with helpful resources.

“The Clear the Air campaign is designed to better educate on the harmful effects of vaping and to provide educators and families with strategies to put an end to youth vaping in Missouri,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said. “We are pleased to work with other state agencies and school leaders in this joint effort to protect the safety and well-being of our children.”








Enforcement

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) enforces Missouri and federal laws that ban the sale of tobacco and vaping products to persons under age 18. Each year, ATC conducts about 6,000 enforcement operations and inspections of retailers across the state. Over the last month, ATC’s six full-time tobacco and vaping enforcement agents have emphasized enforcement efforts at retailers who sell vaping products.

“Our enforcement operations show that across Missouri, 83 percent of retailers are checking IDs and refusing sales to those who are under age 18,” said Dottie Taylor, State Supervisor of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. "We're confident that through continuing enforcement and merchant education and training we can move the compliance percentage closer to 100 percent. Even more important, we’d like to see fewer and fewer young people tempted by vaping. We believe the Clear the Air campaign can help make that happen, and we’re committed to working with everyone interested in fighting this threat to the health of Missouri’s youth.”

Clear the Air materials can be viewed or downloaded from the DHSS website. To learn more about the current lung injury outbreak, visit health.mo.gov/vaping.

Kay Hively: Old movies

I’m not much of a movie fan these days. In my youth, I was very much of one. My father owned a grocery store on a city block that also had a movie theater.

Every day I walked pass the theater four or five times and always stopped to study the “coming attractions.” I was always aware of each movie that came to town and probably saw 99% of them.

In front of the theater there were wonderful photos of my favorite stars which included Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Debbie Reynolds, Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler, Kim Novak, Mickey Rooney and many others. I loved the Lassie movies and anything that had a race horse.

Some of the great movies I liked were “Giant,” “Singing in the Rain,” “An Affair to Remember,” and cowboy and military pictures.








My taste in stars and movies has changed since my youth. Unfortunately there are almost no current movies I can list as a favorite. I haven’t seen a movie in a theater for years, but I have discovered a new set of favorites.

Movies made in a late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s are the ones I enjoy now. Many of these would be considered “B” grade, not blockbusters such as the “Wizard of Oz,”or “Gone With the Wind.”

I have learned to enjoy these movies because they are shown on the television movie channels. The “Thin Man” series is a great favorite and all the Bogart movies are good. In his early acting days, Humphrey Bogart often played a gangster. Later he became a leading man and a hero in such movies as “Casablanca,” (my all-time favorite film) and “Key Largo.”

Today’s movies seem to rely on sequels and we get the equivalent of War Stars II, III, IV, etc. It seems that original ideas as scarce. Cartoon characters such as Spider Man, Superman, Wonder Woman and other cartoons are always showing up in the theaters.

In the old black and white films, I find interesting characters, good plots and drama that could actually happen, not computer generated explosions. I have never seen a real zombie nor do I ever expect to, so am not interested in watching a movie or TV show about them. This kind of show doesn’t require much thinking. You just need to sit and watch, not use your brain.

I like crime stories because they feature forensics and old-fashioned detective work which allow the viewer to judge the suspects for themselves.

Just between you and me, I believe that we all need to use our own minds as much as possible.
(Kay Hively is a historian, author and former editor, reporter and columnist for the Neosho Daily News and Neosho Post.)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

A complete breakdown of the chapters in The Buck Starts Here: Harry S. Truman and the City of Lamar

My new book, The Buck Starts Here: Harry S. Truman and the City of Lamar is available at three Joplin locations, Always Buying Books, Changing Hands Book Shoppe and The Book Guy and will be available at other area locations within the next few days.

It can also be purchased in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.com at the links below.

Following is a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of what is included in the book:

Introduction- Jim Allen, retired Thorco official, announces intention of bringing President Reagan to Lamar for the Truman Centennial in 1984.

Chapter One- Two newcomers arrive in Lamar who make their marks on the city's history- lawyer Lee Chiswell, who becomes prosecuting attorney at age 24, and Wyatt Earp, who becomes the city's first marshal.










Chapter Two- Lee Chiswell buys the Barton County Progress newspaper to support Democrats and attack Republicans and renames it the Lamar Democrat. John and Martha Truman arrive in Lamar and their first child is stillborn.

Chapter Three- John Truman's mule and horse trading business struggles. The Trumans have another baby and name it Harry S Truman. Trumans leave Lamar in 1885.

Chapter Four- Lee Chiswell makes a name for himself both in politics and as a newspaperman until tragedy strikes.

Chapter Five- Arthur Aull's history. Aull buys the Lamar Democrat.

Chapter Six- Harry Truman's car breaks down on his way to Joplin and stops in Lamar in 1924 for the first time since the family left 39 years earlier. Truman enters politics. Wyatt Earp's relatives buy the house where Truman was born. Truman runs for Senate in 1934 and campaigns in Lamar.

Chapter Seven- Truman's benefactor Tom Pendergast's corrupt political machine is brought down. Truman faces stiff competition for re-election in 1940. Arthur Aull turns against Truman.

Chapter Eight- Richard Chancellor, the second man drafted into the army from Lamar becomes the first one inducted when number one flunks his physical. Arthur Aull tells the Joplin Rotary Club, the U. S. is headed for war and predicts a time when the U. S. will become the police force for the world. Aull becomes famous when a nationally syndicated columnist begins reprinting his warts-and-all coverage of the scandals of Lamar.

Chapter Nine- Richard Chancellor finds romance. Madeline Aull VanHafften returns to help her ailing father run the Democrat. Truman gains national attention when his Senate Committee uncovers waste and corruption in the war buildup. A woman beats Arthur Aull over the head with a baseball bat, hospitalizing him when he writes about her/

Chapter 10- Chancellor joins the Army Air Force. His plane crashes over the Mediterranean and he saves two crew members.

Chapter 11- Chancellor and his men avoid Nazi U-boats as they await rescue in the Mediterranean.

Chapter 12- Sheldon teen Gerald Gilkey visits the Lamar square in his canary yellow 1924 Model T and is asked by the police to go home. H. C. and Pearl Chancellor watch as their son Richard is honored for his bravery. Gerald Gilkey and Betty Medlin fall in love and secretly get married- until their secret is revealed to their parents on page three of the Joplin Globe.

Chapter 13- Truman becomes the vice presidential nominee. Two Republicans drinking coffee at the Travelers Hotel come up with the idea of having Truman accept the vice presidential nomination in Lamar. Roosevelt approves the idea.

Chapter 14- A Lamar youth dies fighting for his country in France. H. C. Chancellor learns Richard is missing in action.

Chapter 15- Three men rob a Jasper filing station/cafe. While making their escape, they are confronted near Lamar by Barton County Sheriff Roy Patterson and his son and kill them. A look back at the first time a Barton County Sheriff and his son were killed in 1919 and the vigilante justice that was given to their killer.

Chapter 16- Lamar plans for the Truman visit.

Chapter 17- Lamar and Joplin feud over Truman visit. Ione Williams waits to hear word of Richard Chancellor's fate. Betty Gilkey moves to Kansas City and helps with the war effort. Gerald Gilkey is stationed at an isolated post in the Aleutians.

Chapter 18- The Joplin Globe rips Lamar. Truman arrives at the Conner Hotel and gives a press conference. Truman visits the soldiers at Camp Crowder in Neosho.

Chapter 19- Crowds arrive in Lamar for Truman's return. H. C. Chancellor prepares the Travelers Hotel. Margaret Truman is not too thrilled with Lamar. Lamar is not too thrilled with Margaret Truman.

Chapter 20- H. C. Chancellor and Pearl learn Richard is being held in a German POW camp.Pickpockets and con artists arrive in Lamar for Truman Day. Truman's mother visits Lamar for the final time. The national media arrives. A professional tries to help Truman give his first major speech. Truman delivers the speech. Another Lamar boy dies in the war.

Chapter 21- Life in a POW camp for Richard Chancellor, Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. John Bricker of Ohio campaigns in Lamar, Barton County votes for Dewey-Bricker over Roosevelt-Truman, Truman becomes vice president

Chapter 22- Truman is sworn in as vice president. As the Allied Forces advance, the Germans move Chancellor and other prisoners, exposing them to Allied air raids.

Chapter 23- Life Magazine publishes a notorious photo featuring Truman and 20-year-old actress Lauren Bacall and in the same magazine profiles Arthur Aull. Bud Moore, later head of the Lamar Fair for years, updates Aull on the war in Europe.

Chapter 24- President Roosevelt dies and Harry Truman becomes president. Lamar residents mourn Roosevelt's death. Truman learns of the existence of an atomic bomb. Martha Ellen Truman reacts as her son becomes president. A VE Day ceremony is held in Lamar. Richard Chancellor is freed. Chancellor and Ione Williams reunite and get married.

Chapter 25- A service is held at Memorial Hall honoring 53 Barton County residents who died in the war. Life Magazine provides more publicity for Lamar. Everett Earp sees a chance to make money off the Truman birthplace.

Chapter 26- The killers of Sheriff Patterson and his son are captured and fears of a second lynching grow.

Chapter 27- Truman announces that an atomic bomb has been dropped on Hiroshima. Arthur Aull's health continues to deteriorate. VJ Day celebrated in Lamar.

Chapter 28- Gerald Gilkey returns to Lamar and reunites with Betty after three years apart. The court cases of the killers of Sheriff Patterson and his son. Madeleine Aull VanHafften takes the reins of the Lamar Democrat. A brawl breaks out on the Nevada High School football field after a Lamar football player is critically injured in the Silver Tiger game. Teenager Marvin VanGilder takes his first newspaper job with the Democrat's competitor, the Lamar Republican.

Chapter 29- Everett Earp's stories about his family's connection to the Trumans begin to evolve into tall tales. Truman finds himself an underdog to Tom Dewey in the 1948 election. Truman brings his Whistle Stop Tour to Neosho. Truman elected president.



Chapter 30- Arthur Aull dies. The city of Lamar says goodbye. Madeleine covers the story of her father's death. Two of the men who killed Sheriff Patterson and his son escape from the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Chapter 31- Claude "Brother" Adams, his brother Billee Bob Adams, Ed Knell of Carthage and a team of Lamar mules prepare to represent Lamar in the presidential inauguration parade.

Chapter 32- Madeleine and the Lamar Democrat struggle. The Lamar Republican sells to D. Wayne Rowland who changes its name to the Lamar Journal and stresses a more positive brand of journalism with less scandal. Gerald Gilkey moves to Lamar. Richard Chancellor struggles to find his place as he adjusts to civilian life.

Chapter 33- Marvin VanGilder becomes a music teacher after working his way through college as a reporter. Truman is threatened with impeachment after he fires Douglas MacArthur. Madeleine defends Truman. D. Wayne Rowland's Lamar Journal continues to put pressure on the struggling Lamar Democrat

Chapter 34- Arthur Aull's widow, Luanna, convinces son-in-law Stan White, a veteran advertising manager to come to Lamar to run the Democrat's business operation. The Journal gains the upper hand after it hires moonlighting teacher Marvin VanGilder. VanGilder enlists Harry Truman's support in creating the Barton County Historical Society and writes The Story of Barton County, with plans to publish the book in 1955 during the Barton County Centennial celebration. The Democrat buys the Lamar Journal and shuts it down, derailing VanGilder's plans for The Story of Barton County. As he leaves Lamar for an academic career, D. Wayne Rowland advises Marvin VanGilder to go in the opposite direction and quit teaching to become a full-time journalist.

Chapter 35- Everett Earp dies. The United Auto Workers buys the Truman Birthplace from the Earp family with plans of restoring it and giving it to the State of MIssouri as a shrine honoring Truman. A dedication ceremony is scheduled with Truman accepting an invitation to return. Stan White talks Gerald Gilkey into running for City Council. Richard Chancellor takes an executive position with Lawn Boy.

Chapter 36- No Sunday matinee at the Plaza Theater as Truman comes to town. Truman drives to Lamar for the dedication and thoroughly enjoys himself. Lamar High School Student Council President Donald Braker speaks to thousands as he presents Truman with a plaque that will be placed in the room where Truman was born. The United Auto Workers provide a dinner honoring Truman. Truman leaves Lamar for the final time.

Chapter 37- Not wanting to go into competition with his in-laws, Gilkey prepares to buy a car dealership in Abilene, Kansas and leave Lamar. Things are worked out and Gilkey buys a Lamar dealership starting Gilkey Chevrolet. VanGilder interviews Truman and artist Thomas Hart Benton at a day honoring Benton in Neosho. Truman judges a mule show with a Lamar winner Gilkey runs for mayor. With the Truman Birthplace running into management problems, Chancellor's suggestion of Jim Finley as the man who take over the operation is followed.

Chapter 38- After 72 years of ownership, the Aull family sells the Lamar Democrat to Missouri Secretary of State Jim Kirkpatrick. Harry Truman dies at age 88.

Chapter 39- The Democrat covers the death of Truman. Gilkey speaks at a memorial ceremony for Truman at the birthplace. Marvin VanGilder speaks for Lamar and Southwest Missouri with a stirring tribute to Truman.

Chapter 40- Madeleine struggling after selling the newspaper she loved dies at age 77. The birth of Truman is recalled during the Truman Pageant. The historic Travelers Hotel is torn down to make room for a bank. Marvin VanGilder's The Story of Barton County is published. Gerald Gilkey steps down as mayor in 2001 after 36 years, the longest serving mayor in Missouri history. After Gilkey's death, Mayor Keith Divine and city officials unveil a portrait of Gilkey that will always maintain a prominent place at City Hall. Current Mayor Kent Harris reflects on Truman's lasting legacy for the City of Lamar. A surprise ending.

For anyone who is interested, I will send a free 12-chapter PDF preview of the book.

Serial drunk driver Edward Meerwald accepts sweetheart plea bargain deal on day of trial

It may not be the sentence he ends up receiving but serial drunk driver Edward Meerwald, 65, Noel, accepted a last minute offer from the McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney's office of four years in prison for his latest DWI arrest.

The offer came after a jury had already been selected and seated and the trial was about to get underway.

Court records indicate the plea bargain was offered after Judge Kevin Selby rejected McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Dobbs' offer to have Highway Patrol Trooper Derek Carnagey, the arresting officer, attest to the accuracy of the breathalyzer test taken after the June 17, 2018 traffic stop.








Meerwald's lawyer, public defender Charles G. Oppelt had objected to the introduction of breathalyzer evidence noting that the prosecution did not have any professional witnesses who could establish the machine's accuracy.

The traffic stop June 17 south of Split Log Road and MO 59. According to the probable cause statement, Meerwald was clocked doing 77 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.
Meerwald told Carnagey he had been to Joplin and was driving to his daughter's home. Carnagey smelled alcohol on his breath and asked if he had been drinking. Meerwald said he had two beers.

"I informed him two beers would definitely not place him anywhere near the legal limit," Carnagey wrote.

According to the statement, Meerwald voluntarily provided a breath sample on the trooper's portable tester. Despite his claim that he had only two beers, Meerwald said he would fail the test. The sample registered .177, more than twice the legal limit.

Because of the test and Meerwald's statements, Carnagey asked him to perform further tests.

"Meerwald claimed he had issues with both feet being previously broken, along with cellulitis in his legs causing swelling."

Carnagey placed Meerwald under arrest and took him to the Pineville Police Department for a chemical breath test.








The second test registered .121.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. January 30. Selby is not obligated to accept the plea bargain.

The McDonald County was not the only DWI charge pending against Meerwald.

On May 3, while Meerwald was awaiting trial on the McDonald County charge, an off-duty Joplin Police Department officer noticed him behaving erratically while he was at Hideout Harley Davidson and became concerned that Meerwald might drive when he left the business.

From the probable cause statement:

As Meerwald was leaving the store, he was stumbling and staggering as he walked toward the front door. 

Upon opening the door, Meerwald almost fell onto the ground. 

The officer informed me of the male and advised if he were to leave while operating a vehicle he needed to be stopped immediately. 

I observed (Meerwald) driving his 2016 Chevrolet Colorado eastbound out of the parking lot. I initiated an investigative traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with Meerwald. I observed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his person and his eyes to be bloodshot/glassy.


The trial in that case is scheduled for Thursday, December 12 in McDonald County Circuit Court where it is being held on a change of venue from Newton County. Judge Joseph Schoeberl will preside.

A pre-trial conference is set for Friday in Newton County Circuit Court.

Meerwald also has a driving while revoked charge pending in Newton County.

Meerwald was the driver behind the wheel and driving impaired on July 30, 2004 on MO 86 when he ran off the road and killed Jessica Mann, 8, Joplin, and her grandfather, Jim Dodson, 69, Neosho.

The vehicle Meerwald was driving at a high rate of speed ran off Highway 86 and ran into the eight-year-old and her grandfather killing them.

Those deaths were the driving force behind a bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, during the 2005 legislative session that toughened the penalties on drunk drivers.

That law, however, did not apply to the man who killed Jessica and her grandfather.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and served time in prison.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Buck Starts Here arrives in Joplin, copies available for order, special deals offered

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when the first copies of my new book, The Buck Starts Here: Harry S. Truman and the City of Lamar, arrived at my apartment.

Signed copies of the book are now available at Changing Hands Book Shoppe, Always Buying Books and The Book Guy in Joplin.

I will be in Lamar setting up retail outlets next week and will have information soon about signings.








Signed copies of the books can also be ordered directly from me through PayPal for $20. PayPal adds the shipping and Joplin sales tax to the amount.

I am also offering two combination deals. Anyone ordering a copy of The Buck Starts Here, can also have a copy of either Lost Angels: The Murders of Rowan Ford and Doug Ringler or Newton County Memories for $5.

For those who prefer not to use PayPal or a credit card, send a check for $22 for The Buck Starts Here or $27 for either the Truman book and Lost Angels or the Truman book and Newton County Memories.

If you would like to have the book signed to someone in particular (as a gift, for instance), be sure to let me know.


Book Combination Offers

Nancy Hughes: The candy corn reminder

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want
to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Romans 7:15 (NIV)


There is a small bowl full of candy corn sitting on my coffee table. It’s almost always there. I keep it as a reminder of something that happened to me as a small child and as a reminder of my behavior as an adult.

I remember it like it was yesterday. My parents played cards with several couples and we had gone with them to the home of a family we had not met before. As we were sitting on their sofa in the living room, we spotted a bowl of candy corn on the coffee table. That was a delicacy to us and one that we seldom had at our house.

The daughter in this family frowned as she watched us dip into the bowl again and again, since we knew that we would probably not get another opportunity to eat candy corn for a long time.








We must have eaten almost all the sweet candy because she suddenly grabbed the bowl and shouted to her parents in the other room: “Those kids are eating ALL the candy! By the handfuls, Mom! It’s almost gone!” and gave us a look of ‘what is wrong with you’ that mortified us all.

I remember thinking as my face flushed with embarrassment that I would never treat anyone like that – ever.

Fast forward to my being a parent and buying my children a package of 12 juice boxes. I had just enough money to get them and told my kids to make them last all week. When I came in the kitchen about an hour later and saw all 12 empty boxes, I blew up.

“You kids drank ALL the juices at one time! Every single one! Now it’s all gone!” and gave them the ‘what is wrong with you’ look. I am sure they were mortified.
Suddenly, I was not looking at 12 empty juice boxes but instead I envisioned a nearly empty bowl of candy corn and felt the sting of hurtful words and the weight of embarrassment.

The very thing I hate, I end up doing. That’s what Paul is saying in Romans 7. I know what is right. I know what I should do. But instead, I do the very thing that I hate.

Reading further in verses 18 and 19, Paul states that he has the desire to do what is good and right but he just doesn’t do it. Even Paul struggled with the sinful nature that urges us to ignore the right thing to do and instead to do whatever we want. There is an ongoing battle between our sinful natures and God’s will for our lives.

How thankful I am for the cross and for a Savior whose grace and mercy call me to ask for forgiveness and another opportunity to be Jesus to the world.

Let us keep on praying, confessing our mistakes and trying again. He who is faithful will never leave us. And His grace covers candy corn and juice boxes.

Father, how many times have I said I would never treat someone a certain way, and yet I did. Forgive me and help me to focus on you and your will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

R.A.P. it up . . .

Reflect

Have you ever seen or overheard something and thought “I would never do that” but later found yourself doing the very thing you said you would never do?

Apply

Find something, like my bowl of candy corn, to place on your coffee table as a reminder of Romans 7:15.

When you find yourself, as Paul did, doing the opposite of what you want to do, ask the Lord for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to redirect you to God’s will.

Power

Romans 7:15 (NIV) “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

Romans 12:9 (NIV) “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Romans 7:18 -19 (NIV) “. . . For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.”

(For more of Nancy Hughes' writing, check out her blog, Encouragement from the War Room.)

Kim Frencken: Too much tech?

Are we using too much technology in our classrooms?

 Some probably think we aren't using enough, but I wonder if we're missing interaction with our kids for the sake of using multiple devices in the classroom. 

Don't get me wrong, I think there is a time and place for everything, including technology. There are some outstanding programs in use. Programs that engage and teach students. But we can't lose sight of the importance of human interaction. Of teachers, teaching kids. Of listening and learning from the inflection in a voice what is really being said. 








It's too easy to write and read emails. But we lose the nuances of communication on the written page. Now, that's rich coming from me. I actually prefer email in some cases. I think email provides a great paper trail. 

I think letters are a fantastic way of phrasing your words in just the right way. They let you erase the mistakes before they words have been said. A chance to correct. But teaching social interaction is equally as important.

I see so many using technology just to use technology. They have to incorporate it into the lesson so they stick in a video or chat link or digitized document. I've been there. And done that. And not been so proud of it. I was left wondering if there maybe wasn't a better way. 

Had I just been checking off a requirement? Or was I really using technology to enhance my lesson? 

In some cases, I'll never know. In others, I knew the minutes I observed my students interaction. Or lack of it. They were going through the motions, but not really diving in.

This doesn't mean that I'll abandon all uses of technology, but it does mean that I'll rethink how and when I use it.
(For more of Kim Frencken's writing and information about her educational products, check out her blog, Chocolate For the Teacher.)

Jason Smith: President Trump did nothing wrong

(From Eighth District Congressman Jason Smith)

While the Left wishes it wasn’t the case, the facts remain the same: President Trump did nothing wrong.

Since the facts don’t create a reason to impeach the President, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Adam Schiff are now using the most desperate tactics to keep their endgame alive. 

First, it was top-secret auditions behind closed doors in the Capitol. Now, Adam Schiff has moved the spectacle into the national spotlight. Unfortunately for him, the lead witnesses have all failed to deliver “star” performances.








All of the witnesses we heard from this week had no direct knowledge of the phone conversation President Trump had with the President of Ukraine. The only thing they could share is what they heard from someone, who overheard from another person, who may have heard from another. This kind of hearsay would not be accepted in the court of law and should not be used to impeach the President of the United States. The Democrats’ star witness on Friday was an Obama Administration holdover who was fired by President Trump and proved to be nothing more than a disgruntled former employee lashing out at anyone willing to listen.

The so-called whistleblower, whose complaint launched this whole circus, has refused to testify as Schiff has blocked the American public from hearing from them. Ever since Adam Schiff's lie that he had no coordination with the whistleblower was exposed, he has claimed their testimony is no longer relevant. Despite his claim, more evidence of the whistleblower’s personal bias continues to trickle out including his attorney’s tweet from 2017 calling for a coup against President Trump.

If Adam Schiff and the Left wanted to actually find the facts in this case, we would be questioning Hunter Biden under oath to understand what he was doing on the board of an energy company in Ukraine when his dad, the Vice President at the time, was in charge of the United States’ policy towards that country. Instead of following a fair process, the Left continues to break with longstanding precedent by denying subpoena power to Republicans and refusing President Trump the ability to cross examine any of his accusers. This is unlike any impeachment investigation we have seen in modern history. During the most recent impeachment of President Clinton there was broad bipartisan support—430 of the 435 Members of the House of Representatives voted in some capacity to move forward with impeachment. Today with President Trump, the only bipartisan votes have been against moving forward with this sham.

With all of this absurdity taking place in Washington, I was grateful to take time and talk with thousands of people from southern Missouri during a town hall conversation this week. I heard repeatedly about how insane this impeachment investigation has been. I asked everyone participating to let me know whether or not they approve of the job President Trump is doing in spite of all this impeachment nonsense and 92% said they do. I am with you—President Trump has been able to get so much done with nearly all of Washington pushing back against him. In his first thousand days in office, I worked with him to slash burdensome regulations, saving $220 billion in regulatory costs for Americans.

While President Trump has been able to do so much, there is more that we could be focusing on. That’s why I asked my town hall participants which issue they would prefer Congress to focus on instead of impeachment. Nearly half said they would prefer Congress to work on securing our southern border and I could not agree more—and I know President Trump agrees too. He has been working around the clock to defend the United States by securing our borders, with 71 miles of new barriers on the southern border, 162 miles under construction, and an additional 276 miles are in the pre-construction phase. These are the kind of real results for the American People the Washington Establishment cannot stand.

They are fighting him, because he is fighting for us.

Missouri October unemployment rate 3.1 percent

(From the Missouri Department of Economic Development)

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in October 2019, remaining unchanged from September.

Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique used to measure and remove influences of predictable seasonal patterns to show how employment and unemployment change monthly.









Missouri has over-the-year job gains across key industries – with employment growing by 35,200 jobs, or 1.2 percent over the last year.

To view the October 2019 jobs report, click here.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Cleaver: I am watching impeachment testimony with thoughtful deliberation that it deserves

(From Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver)

As I’m sure you are aware, this is a week, unfortunately, that will be written about in American history books for generations to come.

This week, the United States House of Representatives opened public hearings as we uphold the solemn responsibility of investigating whether the President of the United States abused the powers enumerated unto the him by the constitution, and whether or not those offenses rise to the level of impeachment.

The misconduct alleged—that the President bribed and extorted a foreign government into interfering in our presidential election—is of the utmost seriousness for any democracy, and I can assure you I am watching the testimony with the thoughtful deliberation that such a moment deserves. 








I’m hopeful that, as a United States citizen with a say in this outcome, you will give these hearings the attention they deserve and will voice your opinion following the conclusion of testimony from all witnesses, many of which are nonpartisan career public servants.

While I know the impeachment hearings have been a focus of the media, the work of Congress on behalf of the American people has not stopped. I’m proud to let you know that a bill I introduced, the Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act of 2019, was passed unanimously out of the Financial Services Committee this week. This legislation would protect American consumers from predatory debt collection practices by closing federal loopholes and bolstering protections for consumers.

As it currently stands, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) makes it illegal for debt collectors to use abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices when collecting debts from consumers. Unfortunately for American consumers, a major exception in the FDCPA are debt collectors hired by state or federal government entities. One man in Kansas ended up in jail three times because he was unable to pay the growing debt from an unpaid speeding ticket. People in my home state of Missouri have been thrown in jail because they were not able to pay for traffic violations and other minor offenses. I don’t believe the federal government should be held to a different standard when it comes to preying on consumers, and this legislation will close that loophole, ensuring Americans and their credit are better protected.

The bill’s unanimous passage out of committee is a significant step in the legislative process, and a rare sight in such politically divided times. I’m hopeful the Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act will be taken up for a vote on the House floor in the coming weeks, and that it will be able to garner the same kind of bipartisan support from the whole House. Until it does, I will continue my fight to protect Americans from predatory debt collectors.

Tracey Martin: You have the right to remain silent- use it!

We all know the Miranda rights – “You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you…”

Even though we know we have the right sometimes we don’t use it. Maybe because the person believes they can talk their way out of any trouble or maybe as Ron White said, “I had the right to remain silent, but I didn’t have the ability.” 

Pretty sure intoxication was the factor in his story, but drunk dialing or drunk chatting with the police is generally not a good idea.

They really mean it when they say anything you say can and will be used against you in a Court of law. Whatever you say to law enforcement is noted. 








For instance, during a DWI arrest asking the officer, “Do you feel like a hero now?” That makes the report. Also gains you some extra fines or community service.

Another common scenario, during your ride to the police station telling the officers all the reasons your arrest is wrong, those get recorded. Your phone call from the jail it is recorded, just like the sign posted right next to the phone says. Not to mention the irritating robo voice that reminds you frequently the call can be monitored and recorded. It is recorded and provided to your defense attorney. It is now evidence.

Interviews and Interrogations

“Anybody who understands what goes on during a police interrogation asks for a lawyer and shuts up,” ― James Duane, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

It is a very rare occurrence that an attorney would advise you to meet with the police for an interview, especially without the attorney present. 

 A good rule of thumb is if you are being asked in for an interview where you could be a suspect or person of interest – DO NOT go without an attorney. If you get there and are being asked to waive your Miranda rights do not sign the waiver, ask for your attorney. The interview stops the moment you invoke your right to counsel.

The fact you are being asked to waive rights is an absolute clue that there is the possibility of arrest. It is also an indicator that without your statement or confession there is not sufficient evidence for arrest. 

Most people are arrested prior to being asked to interview or make a statement. Most times there is sufficient evidence for arrest from witnesses, physical evidence, video/audio recordings and other investigation to make an arrest without ever talking to the suspect. 

If the police need a confession to make an arrest, the case is probably not strong on its own merit. That is why you should ALWAYS ask for an attorney.

I hear lots of reasons why people chose to make statements without an attorney. The most common thing I hear, “Innocent people don’t need attorneys.” 

 Really? 

You say you are innocent, yet at the end of the interview you got arrested. Your words can be twisted. You can say things that you think sound reasonable, that the officer doesn’t find reasonable at all. 

If you are being questioned about a crime, they are looking to make an arrest. That officer has a job. The job is to solve a crime by arrest.








Your words often come back to haunt you. Your attorney can attempt to have your statement suppressed, so that the statement can’t be used at a trial. However, there are only a few exceptions that allow the statement to be suppressed. 

Rarely does the Court rule that the statement is inadmissible. The real problem here is that if your statement needs suppressed, you already got arrested and the suppression hearing does not come quick. 

Procedurally a suppression hearing comes way down the road after arrest. You could spend a considerable amount of time in jail or out on bond before there is ever a hearing about your statement.

You have an absolute right against self-incrimination and an absolute right to have an attorney present for questioning. Invoke your rights, and get an attorney with the requisite experience and knowledge to help you decide if an interview is in your best interest. 

 REMAIN SILENT!
(Tracey Martin is a Joplin attorney. For more of her writing, check out her blog, The Pink Attorney.)

Autopsy: She didn't kill him- she just stashed his body in the freezer for a year

An autopsy conducted today on Paul Barton, whose corpse was found in a freezer in his home at 2602 S. Vermont Avenue, Joplin, showed no signs of foul play, according to a Joplin Police Department news release.

Barton's wife, Barbara J. Watters, 67, faces a felony charge of bandonment of a corpse and is being held in the Joplin City Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond

The Joplin Police Department, with the help of the U. S. Marshals Service, arrested Watters Thursday at 814 S. Jackson Avenue.








Barton's body had reportedly been dead for nearly a year. Joplin Police found the body while executing a search warrant at the home after receiving a tip that a body was being kept there.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the JPD news release.

(Note: The post has been edited to reflect that Watters is being held in the Joplin City Jail.)

Former Kansas City Chiefs player faces additional charges in drug trafficking conspiracy

(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri)

Additional charges have been filed against a former Kansas City Chiefs football player and eight co-defendants for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that operated primarily in Eastern Jackson County.

Saousoalii P. Siavii Jr., also known as “Junior,” 41, of Independence, Missouri, was charged in a nine-count superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The superseding indictment replaces the original indictment against Siavii and includes additional charges and eight additional defendants. The indictment was unsealed today following the arrests and initial court appearances of some of those defendants.








The federal indictment alleges that Siavii, along with Marion D. McCrorey, also known as “Doug,” 40, Andrew A. Tofaeono, also known as “Drew,” 35, Isaac M. Butler, 34, Michelle M. Andrews, 37, Katie M. Thompson, also known as “Muneca,” 25, Michelle L. Morris, 25, and James J. Leach, 39, all of Independence; and Kristannie Casteel, 31, of Blue Springs, Missouri; participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from July 11, 2018, to Nov. 13, 2019.

In addition to the conspiracy, Siavii is charged with two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Siavii allegedly possessed a Sturm Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun on Aug. 4, 2019, and a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Aug. 24, 2019.

Siavii and Andrews are also each charged with one count of being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Siavii allegedly possessed a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol on April 7, 2019. Andrews allegedly possessed a Kel-Tec .380-caliber pistol July 10, 2019.

Siavii is also charged with two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Tofaeono is also charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Leach is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Leach, who has prior felony convictions, allegedly possessed a Ward’s Western Field 12-gauge pump-action shotgun on Sept. 30, 2019.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Siavii was arrested on Aug. 24, 2019. Independence police officers responded to parking lot on U.S. 40 Highway, where a witness said he located his friend’s stolen 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The witness told police he saw a man, later identified as Siavii, getting out of the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Officers contacted Siavii, the affidavit says, who disregarded their commands, and an officer deployed his Taser on Siavii. Siavii, who is six feet, five inches tall and weighs approximately 330 pounds, fell to the ground. Officers attempted to gain control as he began to actively resist arrest. Siavii began pushing himself up off the ground, at which time a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol fell directly in front of him within his reach. An officer drew his duty weapon and put it to Siavii’s back, due to him not being under physical control, while another officer grabbed Siavii’s firearm and threw it several feet away. Officers continued to fight with Siavii, the affidavit says, while giving him commands to stop resisting and to place his hands behind his back. An officer deployed his Taser on Siavii again with little effect. Siavii was able to get on top of the officer, who was on the ground at this point. Another officer was eventually able to put Siavii in a neck restraint and render him unconscious long enough to handcuff him. Siavii continued to resist even after being handcuffed.

In addition to the Aug. 24 incident, the affidavit cites several more incidents in which Siavii was arrested while in possession of illegal drugs and firearms. In one incident, when officers responded to a report of a stolen Chevrolet Silverado that was tracked by On-Star to a motel parking lot, Siavii attempted to flee on foot, then resisted arrest, and fought with officers. In another incident, Siavii led officers in a vehicle pursuit that reached speeds up to 101 m.p.h. Siavii’s vehicle eventually left the roadway and he fled on foot before being located by officers and taken into custody.

The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Smith. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Agenda posted for Carthage R-9 Board of Education meeting
















































Agenda posted for Joplin City Council meeting






COUNCIL AGENDA
Monday, November 18, 2019
6:00 P.M., Council Chambers
1.

Call To Order

Invocation
Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America
2.

Roll Call

3.

Presentations

1.

Joplin High School Student Council President Faron Haase Will Present An Update To City Council On Joplin School Events

2.

Proclamation Recognizing November 16-24, 2019 As Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week. Requested By Robin Smith, Economic Security Corp. Of SW Area, Assistant Director Of Community Development.

3.

Joplin Regional Airport Airline Industry And Air Service Update

4.

Finalization Of Consent Agenda

5.

Reports And Communications

6.

Citizen Requests And Petitions

1.

William Shumate, 2925 Missouri Ave. Joplin, Requested To Address City Council Regarding A Medicinal Marijuana Ordinance Change.

2.

Debra Nash, 28253 Kafir Rd. Requested To Address City Council Regarding The Medicinal Marijuana Ordinance.

7.

Public Hearings

1.

Public Hearing Procedures


2.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2019-009

AN ORDINANCE approving a plan for an industrial development project consisting of the acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping of a warehouse and distribution facility; authorizing the city of Joplin, Missouri to issue its taxable industrial development revenue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $51,400,000 to finance the costs of such project; authorizing and approving certain documents; and authorizing certain other actions in connection with the issuance of the bonds.
8.

Consent Agenda

1.

Minutes Of The November 4, 2019 City Council Meeting

Documents:
  1. NOV 4, 2019.PDF
2.

Minutes Of The November 11, 2019 Special City Council Meeting

Documents:
  1. NOV 11 CC MINS.PDF
3.

COUNCIL BILL NO.. 2019-281

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District C-1 property as described below and located 2818, 2824, 2828, and 2832 E 19th St., City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
Documents:
  1. CB2019-281.PDF
4.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2019-405

AN ORDINANCE approving an Agreement between the City of Joplin, Missouri, and the Economic Security Corporation that pertains to 2019 CDBG public service grant funds in the amount of $25,000.00; authorizing the City Manager to execute same on behalf of the City.
Documents:
  1. CB2019-405.PDF
5.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2019-406

AN ORDINANCE approving an Agreement between the City of Joplin, Missouri, and the Homeless Coalition that pertains to 2019 CDBG public service grant funds in the amount of $17,000.00; authorizing the City Manager to execute same on behalf of the City.
Documents:
  1. CB2019-406.PDF
9.

Resolutions

1.

Resolution No. 2019-013

A RESOLUTION initiating the required 45-day public information period of the actuary reports for the transition from the policemen’s and firemen’s pension plan to the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) for public safety employees.
10.

Ordinances - Emergency

1.

Council Bill No. 2019-156

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the acceptance of a Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Public Transit Operating Assistance Grant Agreement for state funds of eleven thousand five hundred ten dollars and No/100 ($11,510.00) to be used for operating assistance for the Metro Area Public Transit System (MAPS), and containing an emergency clause.
2.

Council Bill No. 2019-157

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin to enter into an Airport Agreement with American Airlines, Inc.  to establish operational guidelines and fees in the Commercial Terminal at the Joplin Regional Airport; authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; and containing an emergency clause.
3.

Council Bill No. 2019-158

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Joplin to establish the Airport Police Department and empower its Uniformed Officers at the Joplin Regional Airport; authorizing the City Manager to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; and containing an emergency clause.
4.

Council Bill No. 2019-522

AN ORDINANCE adopting and establishing pay rates for certain Unclassified Council Employees; and, containing an emergency clause.
5.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2019-532

AN ORDINANCE amending the Annual Budget of the City of Joplin for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 as adopted by Ordinance 2019-166 on October 21, 2019, to adjust appropriations and containing an emergency clause.
11.

Ordinances - First Reading

1.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2019-009

AN ORDINANCE approving a plan for an industrial development project consisting of the acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping of a warehouse and distribution facility; authorizing the city of Joplin, Missouri to issue its taxable industrial development revenue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $51,400,000 to finance the costs of such project; authorizing and approving certain documents; and authorizing certain other actions in connection with the issuance of the bonds.
Documents:
  1. CB2019-009.PDF
2.

Council Bill No. 2019-523

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 58-68, Schedule of Fees, Article II, Fire Prevention Code, Division 2, International Fire Code, of Chapter 58, Fire Prevention and Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 58-68, Schedule of Fees, Article II, Fire Prevention Code, Division 2, International Fire Code, of Chapter 58, Fire Prevention and Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
3.

Council Bill No. 2019-524

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 106-32, Duty of Abutting Property Owners, Article II, Repairs, and Section 106-62, Plan Review and Permit Fees, Article III, Improvement Permits, of Chapter 106, Streets, Sidewalk and Other Public Places, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 106-32, Duty of Abutting Property Owners, Article II, Repairs, and Section 106-62, Plan Review and Permit Fees, Article III, Improvement Permits, of Chapter 106, Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
4.

Council Bill No. 2019-525

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 34-2, Prices of lots and grave rights; charge for setting stones, of Chapter 34, Cemeteries, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 34-2, Prices of lots and grave rights; charge for setting stones, of Chapter 34, Cemeteries, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
5.

Council Bill No. 2019-526

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 30-121, License Classifications and Fees, of Article III, Licenses, Division 2, Schedule of Fees, of Chapter 30, Businesses, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 30-121, License Classifications and Fees, of Article III, Licenses, Division 2, Schedule of Fees, of Chapter 30, Businesses, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain classification changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
6.

Council Bill No. 2019-527

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 86-5, Fees at Schifferdecker Golf Course, of Article I, In General, and Section 86-6, Fees for Parks Programs and Parks Facilities, of Article I, In General, and Section 86-152, Admission Fee, of Article V, Swimming Pools, of Chapter 86, Parks and Recreation, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 86-5, Fees at Schifferdecker Golf Course, of Article I, In General, and Section 86-6, Fees for Parks Programs and Parks Facilities, of Article I, In General, and Section 86-152, Admission Fee, of Article V, Swimming Pools, of Chapter 86, Parks and Recreation, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
7.

Council Bill No. 2019-528

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 9, Filing Fees, of the Subdivision Regulations, Appendix 29B as adopted by Ordinance No. 97-161 of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 9, Filing Fees, of the Subdivision Regulations, Appendix 29B of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
8.

Council Bill No. 2019-529

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 29A-2514, Fees, Article II, of Appendix 29A, of the Zoning Regulations of the City of Joplin and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 29A-2514, Fees, of Appendix 29A, of the Zoning Regulations of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
9.

Council Bill No. 2019-530

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 118-211, Hauled Wastewater Fee, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 6, Rates and Charges, and Section 118-235, Permit fee, Connection Fee, and other Sewer Fees, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 7, Building Sewers, of Chapter 118, Utilities, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin, and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 118-211, Hauled Wastewater Fee, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 6, Rates and Charges, and Section 118-235, Permit Fee, Connection Fee, and other Sewer Fees, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 7, Building Sewers, of Chapter 118, Utilities, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
10.

Council Bill No. 2019-531

AN ORDINANCE repealing Section 118-203, Basis for Computation, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 6, Rates and Charges, and Section 118-206, Billing and Collection Procedures, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 6, Rates and Charges, of Chapter 118, Utilities, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin, and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 118-203, Basis for Computation, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 6, Rates and Charges, and Section 118-206, Billing and Collection Procedures, of Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, of Division 6, Rates and Charges, of Chapter 118, Utilities, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Joplin to implement certain fee changes; and setting a date when this Ordinance shall become effective.
12.

Ordinances - Second Reading And Third Reading

13.

Unfinished Business

14.

New Business

1.

News From Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot

2.

CLOSED SESSION

Vote to go into closed session, which shall pertain to legal action, causes of action, or litigation including a public governmental body and any confidential or privileged communications between a governmental body or its representatives and its attorneys pursuant to state law; and which shall pertain to leasing, purchasing or sale of real estate by a public governmental body where public knowledge of the transaction might adversely affect the legal consideration therefore; and the hiring, firing, disciplining, or promotion of an employee or particular employees of a governmental body involving personal information as set forth in Section 610.021 (1) (2) (3) RSMo, as amended, 2018. This meeting, record, and vote to be closed to the extent provided by law. The City Council shall adjourn at the end of the session.