News to Know (11/16/21)

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

PITTSBURG, Kan. – As we get closer to winter and the snowy season, it may be more difficult to get around on some area highways. Both the Missouri and Kansas Departments of Transportation are facing staffing shortages for snow plow operators. In Kansas, officials with KDOT say they’re short about 30 percent of their workforce. That could result in significant delays getting roads cleared.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program is offering rental assistance to homeless residents. The program will begin accepting applications for the tenant based rental assistance program on November 29th. To qualify, applicants must be certified homeless or about to become homeless by a social service agency. Also the applicants income must be at or below 50 percent of the area median income in their county.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Monday the Joplin City Council established a citizens committee to help with a bond issue deciding the future of Memorial Hall. Voters will decide on the bond issue in April. If it passes, it would fund reconstruction, renovation, and improvements to Memorial Hall. The citizens committee will help spread information about how the bond would be used.

BAXTER SPRINGS, KAN. – Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves has announced funeral service details for fallen Baxter Springs firefighter Malachi Brown. Brown died last week from injuries he received in the line of duty. Funeral services will be 1:30pm on Sunday at Tennessee Prairie Friends Church in Baxter Springs. Afterward he’ll be buried at the Baxter Springs Cemetery.

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