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Thursday, April 24
Prisoners awaiting arraignment in the Polk County Jail will no longer have to be transported to the courthouse thanks to a new video arraignment system. Video cameras and monitors have been installed in the third floor courtrooms along with the juvenile courtroom, jail, the sheriff's office and two conference rooms. This will allow prisoners to appear before the judge without ever leaving the jail.
A federal grant in the amount of $197.46 was obtained by Rep. Roy Blunt. The video system was purchased for $78,000, with the left over amount to be used for future maintenance of the system. The system works through the intranet and can also be used for remote training sessions. The system has been in use for approximately two months. Aside from court personnel working through some procedural issues the added security to the public will be a great asset to the community.
Wednesday, April 23
The email recipient is then instructed to go to the linked site and fill in the information such as bank account and routing numbers and the check will be deposited directly into their account. The IRS requests that these emails be sent to them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information concerning this scam can be found on the IRS.gov website.
The IRS states that they do not contact tax-payers through email for any kind of personal information.
Tuesday, April 22
What is your current occupation?
I am a high school social studies teacher as well as a speech and debate coach. This is my first full year teaching, but it is my fourth year as a debate coach.
I am not really for sure. I guess it grew out of my frustration about finding out about what is happening in local tv news. I always was aware of what was going on with MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN, but you never could find out what was happening locally. My blog started out that way and remains true to that theme for the most part.
I just hope to provide a home for people who are interested in what is going on behind the scenes of television news. In my blog's relatively short existence, I have already had current and former television personalities tell me that they check in frequently. From covering the big game, the big story, or the big storm, I hope to continue to build upon what I have created and provide more information for my readers in the weeks and months to come. I am not an insider... all the information obtained is grunt work. That makes it a lot of work some days, but it is very rewarding.
What other kinds of blogs do you enjoy reading?
Well, my first stop is always The Turner Report. He is a top notch blogger and he provides great insight into SW Missouri current issues. I also enjoy reading personal blogs (like yours) to find out about the average person and their thoughts about everything. In addition, I am a political junkie. Any political blog is also a must-read for me.
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
That is a tough question. I guess it would have to be people who aren't what they seem. I have encountered far too many people that put on a different "face" depending on who they are around. I pride myself in truly being me... no matter where I am or who I am talking to. I have found that it is better to have one or two people you can truly trust than to have an entire army of so-called friends!
Another toughie. Are you sure you aren't a journalist? ;-) I guess my honest answer would be that I wish more people knew Christ and his will. I look around at our society and I think of how much better the world would be if more people truly read and studied their Bible. I am a very compassionate understanding individual and I don't wear my religion as a flashy banner. I feel it is better to show it through how I live, but sometimes wish more people would open their eyes to the truth. I respect people of all faiths. I feel it is important to do that, even if you disagree with them. Yet, I wish I had the ability to enlighten more people to the truth...especially those who are agnostic and apathetic. How is that for a deep answer?
I appreciate Gary taking the time out of his busy day so that we could find out a little more about the man behind "The News 2K. Being a huge supporter of high school speech and debate I can also appreciate the work you do. I look forward to reading more great posts!
Everyone keep checking back for more "Meet The Blogger." Be sure and check your emails the next blogger could be you!
While my focus could be on the planned bombing it is not, but I think the focus is more importantly directed on why in the world Ebay would allow such a dangerous product to be sold on their site?
We put cold medicine under lock and key that requires a signature and identification but we can buy ammonium nitrate from Ebay? And on top of that have it shipped to a residential address?
Ten pounds no less shipped to a residential address!
I went on Ebay to see if I could purchase ammonium nitrate and this is what I found. click here.
This is one of two sellers I found listed. Now I am not repeat not suggesting that either of the two sellers listed here sold this young man the nitrate. But somebody did and Ebay allowed it and is still allowing it. And now every mentally deranged person in the country knows where you can get it.!
It would take many bottles of this size to equal 10 lbs, but notice one of the statements. "Sold in 10z size...without you having to pay for a one pound lot... "
So I gather from this that at some point one pound lots were available?
The sellers goes on to state the following,
"THIS IS SHIPPED BY GROUND ONLY & SHIPPED IN 1OZ BOTTLES, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU BUY. ONCE YOU TRY IT OUT & ARE HAPPY WITH IT, GOOD LUCK FINDING ANY MORE. WITH THE GOVERMENT GOING NUTZ ON OUR SUPPLIERS, IT WILL SOON BE ATHING OF THE PAST. SO IF YOU THINK YOU WANT SOME MORE, YOU BETTER GET SOME NOW."
So come on Ebay, what's up with selling such a dangerous product especially when it can so easily fall into the wrong hands knowing the government has already cracked down on it?
You think just because the disclaimer says to follow all the city, state and federal rules that a mentally disturbed person who is about to kill himself along with others is going to care about following the rules?
Is $4.99 "buy it now" price worth the risk?
Monday, April 21
Missouri would join 5 other states if the law should be passed.
Critics of such a law says that it's a bad idea, stating that sex offenders would be more likely to kill their victims. They also believe that in many instances the child knows the offender and putting the offender to death could cause the child to be further traumatized or causing the child to keep quiet about the offense when it involves a family member for fear of what might happen to them.
In 1977 the Supreme Court ruled that no one could be put to death for rape of an adult it did not however address the issue of raping a child.
Two men are currently on death row in Louisiana for the rape of a child in which the law allows for the death penalty for the rape of a child under the age of 12.
Patrick Kennedy was convicted of raping his 8 year old step daughter and the other man Richard Davis was convicted of repeatedly raping a 5-year-old girl that he and his girlfriend were babysitting.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently trying to decide if the Louisiana law is constitutional.
Blunts Legal Briefs on Death Penalty for Violent Sexual Offenders.
Sunday, April 20
Monett High School students brought home 5 awards, including one state champion Omar Qureshi who took 1st in Lincoln- Douglas Debate.
Neosho High School students brought home 5 awards, including state champions Mathew
Cumming and Mary Kellogg who took 1st in Cross Examination Debate.
Nixa High School students brought home 3 awards with Ty Harshman taking the state championship in humorous interpretation.
Parkview High School students 4 awards
Joplin High School students 3 awards
Carthage High School students 1 award
Webb City High School students 1 award
State Champions throughout the state:
Blue Springs- Jimmy Kraycyzk (Dramatic Interpretation)
Blue Springs-Andrew Grojean and Precious Johnson (Duet Acting)
Francis Howell North- Bryan Yard (Extemporaneous Speaking)
Pembroke Hill- Katie Smith (Original Oratory)
Park Hill South- Aryiel Everett (Poetry Reading)
Cameron- Dalton Gentry (Prose Reading)
Liberty-Max Mikitish and Susan Taylor (Public Forum Debate)
Pembroke Hill- Forest Honeck (Radio Speaking)
Blue Springs-Jake Helton (Story Telling)
Raymore- Peculiar took the championship in both the One Act Play and Readers Theatre
There is an abundance of hard work and dedication that takes place throughout the year to prepare for this competition. It is nothing less than amazing to watch the talents of students involved in the speech and debate program.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
For a complete list of winners click here.
Saturday, April 19
2 students opened fire on students and teachers killing 12 students and one teacher and injuring 23 others.
click here to find out what has taken place over the past 9 years.
Friday, April 18
The strongest earthquake to hit Illinois was in 1968 when a 5.3 was recorded.
No injuries have been reported.
Thursday, April 17
Wednesday, April 16
So I took the old, "they have to find out for themselves" approach.
OK, I can do this...deep breath. After all Im laid back, easy to get along with right?
So what if work isn't anything that interests him or his education consists of the latest video game or how he doesn't know how he is going to get his car fixed because that takes money. All that matters is that Einstein gets at least 12 hours sleep so that he can give advice to those of us that haven't yet lived life. No problem!
It worked for awhile. I would smile and just be thankful that their relationship had not reached the point of a life long commitment or heaven forbid... Reproduction!
But then I became reminded almost daily by a friend or family member who would casually mention his name and then something about a french fry short of a happy meal. I guess it was along about the 5th happy meal I decided to conduct an experiment and see if I could develop a system that had not been introduced to mothers in the same situation or at least had not been shared with the rest of us.
Below are the 5 ways that worked for me. Individual results may vary!
1. Hug your daughter each morning and tell her how much you love her and that her boyfriend is an idiot.
2. Text your daughter over her lunch hour just to remind her that her boyfriend is an idiot.
3. Take your daughter out to lunch and talk about the nightmare you had about your grandchildren being idiots.
4. Text your daughter again right before bed with the definition of idiot.
5. Leave sticky notes with the word idiot on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror and on her computer.
Repeat as needed.
Side effects can include: dizziness caused by extreme happiness. Smiling that does not go away. Decrease in psyciatric treatment followed by an increase in better days ahead. If you experience any of these side effects just keep hoping they never go away!!!!
Tuesday, April 15
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Springfield.
With approximatly 60 teams competing there will be plenty of great BBQ. There will also be entertainment and activities for the kids.
All the proceeds go to Springfield Children's Charities.
For complete details go to...
Monday, April 14
The last time the water at Table Rock Dam had been this high was in 1961.
The top of the flood pool for Table Rock is 931 which means this is as much as the lake can hold. Saturday the lake was to reach 933. While the flood gates are suppose to close today, the danger of more flooding is still very much a reality. Until the area lake levels go down considerably any additional rainfall could mean trouble.
We decided to visit some of the area campgrounds this afternoon and many places had "DO NOT ENTER" signs posted.
Photos taken by Kayla Castor
Eagle Rock campground
The Park attendants allowed us to drive through the Big M campground and look around. Below is what we found.
Saturday, April 12
Friday, April 11
Southwest Missouri has faced every kind of weather one could imagine since the beginning of 2008. We are very fortunate to have so many great meteorologist watching out for us when threatening weather approaches the Ozarks.
Brandon Beck is in my opinion one that deserves recognition for his commitment to helping keep communities throughout the viewing area informed. His coverage of area weather begins each morning from 5-7 and again at noon.
Brandon earned his degree in broadcasting from Evangel College. He also obtained a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State. He began his career at Ky3 in 1996 as the weekend weathercaster. Since then, he along with Ron Hearst and Dave Snider have become a team the viewers have come to depend on. They have spent endless hours the past few months tracking storms, analyzing data, gathering information vital to their viewers safety.
He was chosen by 417 magazine -people as the 2008 Best TV Meteorologist. Brandon was also awarded "Best Weathercast" in 1998 by the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
Brandon brings more than just a forecast to his viewers each day. He brings his experience, genuine concern for the well being of others and a magnetic sense of humor that is uplifting no matter how depressing the weather may be.
Downtown Monett April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8
Mario Chalmer's shot at 2.1 seconds to send Jayhawks to OT
Sunday, April 6
Memphis rolled by UCLA to end the game 78-63. The athleticism of this team was incredible and proved to be just too much for the Bruins.
The Kansas Jayhawks the underdog going into last nights game walked out on the floor and for the first 10 minutes had even the biggest KU fan in shock. Ten minutes into the game B Rush had as many points as the whole Tarheel team. The second half saw the Tarheels fight their way back as they came within 4 points. The last five minutes of the game KU got their second wind to wrap up the game 84-66.
Kansas and Memphis will meet up tomorrow night for the championship game. What a game that should be!
GO KU!!!! Rock Chalk!
Friday, April 4
It's never a child's fault when abuse happens!
Believe what the child is telling you. It is important for them to know you believe them and they have done the right thing by telling someone.
Teach your child that bad people want them to keep secrets.
Children need to understand that their body belongs to them and not anyone else.
Learn all you can about child abuse and the warning signs (links provided on the right).
If you suspect someone is abusing their child. Report it.
Thursday, April 3
Click on my Kspr link on the right to find out more about this exciting new addition.
Tuesday, April 1
Happy Birthday to...
Actor Sam Huntington : Born April 1st 1982 in Peterborough New Hampshire
A few of her performances include:
MsRenyolds has won over 40 awards which include an Academy award for Best Actress in the Unsinkable Molly Brown, an Emmy and 5 Golden Globe awards.