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.


A look at why Joplin passed a mask ordinance two weeks after voting one down

Joplin Chamber creates signs for businesses

MSSU, KCU Joplin, announce plans for on campus classes

Both universities to require students, staff, faculty to wear masks

Barton County Sheriff working to put tax question before voters for new jail

Sheriff thinks new tax would help with retention

City of Parsons to vote on mandatory mask ordinance

Ordinance could require businesses to turn patrons away who don't wear a mask

Local hospitals using recommended, investigative treatment methods to care for patients with COVID-19

Freeman infectious disease specialist says it's hard to know what's being effective

Kansas counties to weigh in on state wide mask order

Oklahoma sees COVID-19 cases jump over 13 thousand

Oklahoma has a 56 percent increase in cases since June 15th

Bourbon County deputy resigns after controversy surrounding patch

Recapping Joplin City Council's meeting for declined mask ordinance

Mayor Stanley encourages residents to wear masks, social distance

Joplin Council votes "No" on face mask ordinance

Health director gives update on Joplin and area Covid-19 numbers

Pittsburg City Commission approves COVID-19 relief grants for small businesses

City will launch application process some time in July.

Newton County Sheriff's Office investigating after human remains found at Joplin campground

Human scalp found at Holly Haven Campground

Shawnee Tribe files lawsuit against U.S. Treasury Dept., Dept. of Interior

Lawsuit alleges department used incorrect population data for tribe

Quapaw High School holds graduation ceremony for class of 2020

Original graduation was supposed to happen on May 15th.

Neosho council to discuss pay increases for police, fire, during budget work session

City council holds first budget work session for 2021 fiscal year.

City of Parsons to track dogs after they bite residents

Dogs to be micochipped after they bite someone

Surprise Delivery: Allen County women work to make others smile

What's next after voters approve a 10 million dollar bond issue in Carthage

Both Carthage Technical Centers to be improved with new bind issue

Parsons natives working with police department to hold protest

Demonstration planned for Saturday at Parsons Municipal Building

Positive COVID-19 case at Butterball in Carthage

Freeman Health System unveils finished Learning Center

Ribbon cutting marks end of construction on childcare facility

Jasper County sees "disappointing," but about average, voter turnout

County has 10.7 percent turnout for municipal election

Protests continue in Joplin for third day, residents push for racial equality

Crawford County adopts recommendations instead of enforceable restrictions

County recommending state reopening plan to local businesses, residents

Here to Help: Community rallying behind family of Webb City officer who was hospitalized in Florida

Local businesses, police department, raising money for the family.

Farm to Table: Missouri Farm Bureau creates list of farmers who sell direct to consumers

As meat prices in grocery stores continue to increase, many consumers are turning to local farmers for their beef and pork.

A look at June 2nd municipal elections

Local veterans organize Memorial Day ceremonies amid weather, pandemic

Proposed legislation would allow cannabis businesses to use banks

The SAFE Banking Act passed by the house, moves to senate

Downstream Casino reopens after COVID-19 closure

Downstream Casino Resort starts phased reopening

NEO A&M College on course to start on campus classes in August

College still working on exact details and procedures

Local police departments using purchased, handmade masks

Jasper Police Department not receiving KN95 masks from the state.

Local super markets dealing with increasing meat prices

Food prices see highest single month increase since 1974.

Jasper County Courts to resume in person operations

Courts system to resume operations on Monday

Iola family expresses concern for family member with COVID-19 at state prison

Iola family says 30-year-old Preston Kern isn't being seen by doctors after he tested positive for COVID-19

Crowder College campuses across the area reopen

Some faculty still working from home.

Online petition calling for non-violent inmates to be released from local jails

Signatures at almost 500

COVID-19 cases at Grove Nursing Center down to five

All employees have recovered. Five residents still have the virus.

A closer look at Downstream Casino's reopening plan

Downstream Casino Resort will start a phased reopening on May 21st.