Zachary Dodge

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Zachary Dodge | Reporter

Zach started at KOAM as a news assistant in December 2015. He quickly moved into a photographer position, where he covered news around the four states for 2 years. He then moved into a reporter position in May of 2018. Zach is a Missouri native, calling La Russell his hometown. He looks forward to continuing to provide coverage in the four states.


Ottawa County Jail under quarantine order after COVID-19 outbreak

31 inmates, 5 staff including the sheriff test positive.

Neosho School District reverts back to 14 day quarantine policy

Diamond, Seneca and East Newton move forward with flexible policy.

Neodesha, Kansas residents being forced to move out of trailer park

Circle of Hope owners speak out, close doors, amid state level investigation

Owners say doors will be closed permanently.

Three officers at Carthage Police Department test positive for COVID-19

Department limiting contact with community

Additional Joplin nursing homes report COVID-19 cases

Residents struggle with challenge of being away from loved ones.

SEK native risks life in Montana fighting wildfires

Crawford County COVID-19 case trends shifting to older adults

Health officials worried the trend could cause increased hospitalizations, deaths

KDHE adds note to cluster summary, clears up confusion on numbers

KDEH started reporting cluster summaries on Wednesday, but the original report caused confusion since it didn't originally include an important note about the numbers

Ozark Center holds memorial boat launch, suicide prevention training

Ozark Center asks residents to "be someone's lifeboat" for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Cherokee County Commission discusses courthouse cleaning

KCU adjusts plans for coming Joplin College of Dental Medicine

University making changes to curriculum and building itself

Local police officer opens small business to reconnect with family

Search warrant served at Circle of Hope Girl's Ranch

Missouri Southern delivers meals to students in quarantine

House explosion kills one, leaves family picking up the pieces

State fire marshal investigating cause of explosion.

City of Erie moves forward with grocery store purchase

It's now a crime in Missouri to claim an untrained dog is a service dog

Changes to Missouri's service dog laws go into effect.

JSD extending WiFi at all schools in the district

WiFi range being extended to cover parking lots at schools, stadium and admin building.

Local providers react to CDC's new COVID-19 testing guidance

CDC changes guidance on when testing should be done on close contacts to confirmed cases.

Even after removal, 'infamous' Pittsburg Walmart pole still a source of humor

Walmart removed the pole on August 21st.

Grove Schools asking community to follow guidelines after students contract COVID-19

13 students and five teachers currently in quarantine.

City of Parsons enforcing mask ordinance

Officers to do compliance checks at places of public acommidation

Children removed from Cedar County boarding school as state launches investigation

Iola residents speak out over controversial message on parking space

District says they have taken action, but didn't specify what action was taken.

Students are back on campus at MSSU

Classes start at area colleges and universities

Crawford County approves CARES Act funding applications

Now they have to send the applications to the state for final approval

Columbia Elementary adds outdoor classroom for next school year

Principal built ten benches for outdoor classes

Many Columbus students won't be able to ride the bus this school year

Superintendent says they will still pick up preschool students who live in city limits.

MSSU rolls out self-assessment app to help with contact tracing this fall

Officials hope it will help students be more conscious of their decisions on campus.

Investigation started in Cherryvale after officer accused of using excessive force on a minor

Sergeant Pete Simmons not currently on active duty.

Southwest Missouri families forming "Learning Pods" to help educate kids during the pandemic

Springfield parents are the latest to adopt the idea

Diamond School District to add telehealth kiosks to schools

Pittsburg State University hires COVID-19 case manager

Taylor Panczer previously worked for three years as prevention and wellness coordinator at the university

Six Chanute School leaders test positive for COVID-19 after leadership retreat in Branson

A closer look at Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Missourians to vote on Amendment 2 on August 4th

Carthage School District to do health screenings for all students next school year

School board gives back to school plan final approval

Goodman revamps city police department

All seven officers at the department were hired in the last two months.

Diamond School District getting students and parents involved in planning process for next year

Round table discussions planned throughout the day

Columbus teachers work to make virtual classes feel like what students are used to.

School starts on August 17th.