Here's an update to a story News Talk KZRG told you first. A woman from Baxter Springs is dead and a woman from Joplin is hospitalized with serious injuries after their car crashed Tuesday morning in northwest Newton County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 66-year-old Carol Sweeton of Joplin ran off Apricot Road and hit a drainage ditch shortly after 11am. A passenger, 91-year-old Margie Williams of Baxter Springs, died at the scene. Sweeton was taken to a Joplin hospital with serious injuries.
There will be a new public library and movie complex built in Joplin...just not in the same building. Representatives from master developer Wallace Bajjali told the Joplin City Council Monday that plans continue to build a library and theater at 20th and Connecticut. They'll just be two seperate projects. Joplin Interim City Manager Sam Anselm tells News Talk KZRG talks about splitting the projects began late last year.
"As we dug into the numbers and asked for supplemental information, we had some concerns. So we approached EDA (Economic Development Administration) about the prospect of splitting the two projects out. After some conversations with them, they gave us their blessing to go ahead and continue with the library portion. This gives Wallace Bajjali, their team, the green light to get moving forward on the theater portion. And then we can continue with our RFP process to get a consultant on board to help look at the library."
The City received a $20 million grant from the EDA for the new library.