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COLUMBUS, Kan. – The city of Columbus early Friday morning began battling a water leak. Water to the city was turned off to repair the leak. “Public Works was called out around 12:30 a.m. regarding a leak. The leak has been identified on the corner of Olive & Vermont. Due to the amount of water lost, the pressure dropped and we had to cut water to the city in order to repair the leak.”

Due to the water issue Columbus Schools were canceled for Friday. “Due to a major water leak in the City of Columbus, Columbus Schools USD 493 are closed today, Friday, May 20, 2022.”

The planned Grand Opening for the Splash Pad at Discovery Park was postponed.  The city releases information online:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Splash Pad Grand Opening has been postponed. Once a new date has been secured we will update you. We apologize for this inconvenience, we can’t wait to celebrate with you soon!” – SPLASH PAD EVENT

The city updates, “Public Works is currently splicing in the new section of pipe, we will keep you posted once the repair is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Columbus public water supply system located in Cherokee County. Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker (read more…)



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Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.