News to Know (10/26/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

MIAMI, Okla. – Integris Hospital in Miami is honoring one of it’s former employees. Jo Ann Vansandt was a caregiver at the hospital for 40 years, but lost her battle with breast cancer last September. Monday, hospital officials announced they are naming their mammogram program in her memory. The program is now called the Miami Mammography program in memory of Jo Ann Vansandt.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Local rotary clubs unveil new statues in the rotary sculpture garden of Joplin’s Mercy Park. There were 12 bronze sculptures in the park. Now there are three more. The new statues are called “whimsical nature of a little girl”, “the face of strength in an Osage woman”, and “the brotherhood of three young boys”.

NOEL, Mo. – This week is Red Ribbon Week — an annual campaign raising awareness about alcohol, tobacco, drug, and violence prevention. McDonald County Schools are taking part, having students blow away drugs. To do that, Kindergarten through 2nd grade students took part in a bubble blowing activity.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg YMCA AND Ron’s Food Center are kicking off a new program to address food insecurity among kids. The Y says one in five children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. To address that they’ve introduced the “grab-n-go” food program. It’s a weekly program that allows kids to pick up a grocery bag with enough food to feed them for a week.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: A milestone this week as Bitcoin, a crypto currency exchange traded fund, or ETF, began publicly trading this week. Our question for you… Do you invest, whether it’s on your own in a savings account, on the stock market or some other type of investment? Or maybe investing isn’t in the picture right now as you are getting by paycheck to paycheck. Weigh in on our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote at