News to Know (8/30/21)

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

JOPLIN, Mo. – The winners in the first round of Missouri’s covid-19 vaccine drawing are announced, and they include some in the Joplin area. Although the Department of Health and Senior Services says they can’t say for certain whether this has played a part in raising vaccine rates across the state, they have seen an increase in numbers. The Newton County Health Department plans to host a vaccine lottery of its own. That drawing will take place October 1st. Joplin man one of many winners in MO VIP drawing

WILSON COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issue a boil advisory in Wilson County. The KDHE says the advisory is for Wilson County Rural District Number 11. The advisory is not related to covid-19. The KDHE says the advisory is in effect due to conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination, specifically, a pump failure resulting in loss of pressure. KDHE issues boil advisory for part of Wilson County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – A one vehicle crash in Cherokee County claims the life of an Alabama man. The Kansas Highway Patrol says, just after 11:00am Friday morning, 79-year-old Klonie Smith of Coker, Alabama was driving east on Bagdad Road when his car left the roadway. The rear end struck a tree, causing the car to spin 180 degrees and crash into another tree.

JOPLIN, Mo. – JOMO Pridefest returns to Joplin for another fun-filled celebration of the local LGBTQ+ community. The event featured a ton of activities and attractions, including vendors, a pride march, drag shows, magic and comedy shows, a costume contest — and more! This weekend’s hot, late summer weather didn’t stop hundreds of 4-staters from coming out for two days packed full of pride-themed activities.  PrideFest returns to Joplin

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