E-Edition 2024-03-28

The King Is Risen and Alive!

Read Luke 24:1-12 I’ve never experienced death. I don’t know what it’s like. I have experienced grief, which is loss. My grandfather passed when I was very young. My grandma passed when I was in my late teens. Those were my mother’s parents. My dad’s parents passed in my teens. I am sure there are many reading this who also […]

Smoke in the Spring

A gust of wind sent a blizzard of white flakes past the picture window last weekend. The wall of white wasn’t snow, rather the fluttering petals from the blooming Callery pear tree in the front yard. Also known as a Bradford pear, it’s about as welcome today as a spring snowstorm. The flowers are beautiful and Callery trees provide good […]

William Soper Jr.


Columbus, Kansas – William L. “Bud” Soper, Jr., sixty-six, died March 21, 2024 at the Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He was born September 4, 1957, in Columbus the son of William L. Soper, Sr. and Lorene Comer Soper. Bud graduated from Columbus High School with the class of 1975. He was married to Sandy Engroff in 1975 and they […]

Tony Murray

Baxter Springs, Kansas – Tony L. Murray, eighty, passed from this life on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at his home with his family at his side. Tony was born September 11, 1943, in Picher, Oklahoma to Floyd Leroy and Margarette Ann (Evans) Murray. Tony graduated from Picher High School with the class of 1962. Like Tony said, “once a Gorilla, […]

Laveta Williams


Quapaw, Oklahoma – Laveta Anne Williams passed from this life Saturday, March 23, 2024 at her home. She was seventy-three. Laveta was born January 10, 1951 in Lincolnville, Oklahoma to Thomas Richard and Lavada Marie (Wood) Power. She had lived in the Picher and Quapaw area all her life. She was manager of Dollar General in Miami, Oklahoma and also […]

Barbara Gibson


New Braunfels, Texas – Barbara L Gibson, age eighty-six, a former Joplin resident, passed away on March 21, 2024, in New Braunfels where she lived for the last six months. She was born on September 19, 1937, in Sherwin, Kansas, the daughter of the late Clarion and Blanche Poor. Barbara graduated from Columbus High School in the spring of 1955 […]

Dorothy Spencer


Joplin, Missouri – Dorothy Evelyn Bradshaw-Spencer, age 95, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024 at Westgate in Joplin. Dorothy was born August 29, 1928 in Norwood, Missouri, daughter of the late Ottie F. Bradshaw and Viola May (Brown) Bradshaw. She attended school in Lowell and Galena, Kansas where she graduated from High School. She met and married Melvin A. […]

Cherokee County Inmate Roster

Arrest date, name, age, arresting agency, charges, bond amount, and release date (if applicable). 3-19-2024 at 1:40 pm, Mary Francis Gaines, thirty-two, Quapaw Marshals, failure to appear, $500, in custody. 3-19-2024 at 4:23 pm, Bryce Wayne King-Black, twenty-one, CKSO, aggravated battery: causing great bodily harm, interference with LEO: obstruction/resistance felony, no bond, in custody. 3-19-2024 at 5:35 pm, Mark Leslie […]

Riley Green and Ella Langley Set to Ignite the Stage at the 2024 Kansas State Fair on Saturday, September 14

Hutchinson, KS – Get ready for a night of heart-pounding country melodies and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll grit as Riley Green with Ella Langley take center stage at the Kansas State Fair on Saturday, September 14, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Riley Green, the compelling voice behind country hits that resonate with authenticity, will grace the Kansas State Fair with his […]