Rolla police officers helped serve drinks and wait tables at Alex’s Pizza Palace Thursday night to help raise money for Special Olympics Missouri. Cpl. Tony Lauth with the Rolla Police Department said it was also an opportunity to meet the community and show people a different side of police. According to the Rolla Daily News, the Tip-A-Cop event was held at various locations throughout the state last week. Locally, four events were held on Thursday and raised a total of $7,544.

Cupcakes For A Cure

Jul 18, 2016

A nine year old has started a philanthropic project that addresses the comforting-care side that is needed by a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer. Rolla native Brenna Heavin created Cupcakes for Cancer solely because “she wanted to help people”. The Rolla Daily News reports Brenna sells the cupcakes for a dollar apiece and all the money she raises goes to the “Joy of Caring Cancer Fund”. She chose this charity because it deals with the day-to-day needs that arise for people who battle cancer, including the cost of wigs and money for transportation.

The 16-year-old who is battling advanced cancer became an officer for the day courtesy of the Rolla, Mo., police department. "One of our dispatchers is a mentor to this young man," Rolla detective Derrick Dillon said by email. "When she brought him and his wish to our attention, it was a no-brainer on what needed to happen.

Hundreds of people turned out late Tuesday afternoon to St. James City Park near the Tiger Shark Waterpark, for a walk to support those who put their lives on the line as first responders. Law enforcement officials, along with EMS, firefighters, and other first responders, stood by their vehicles as people walked by and shook their hands, thanking them for their service. According to the Rolla Daily News, area resident Richard Skyles helped organize the event and has held two similar walks in the past.

Out of Arm's Way

Jul 14, 2016

An eastern Missouri man whose mechanical arm was seized this spring after he was accused of hitting an officer with it has had the prosthetic taken away a second time. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Joshua Stockinger, of House Springs, had the arm confiscated most recently after he was accused of using the prosthetic to break glass out of a jail door in Jefferson County. He is jailed there on $150,000 cash-only bail on four felony charges that were filed last week following a road-rage arrest. The prosthetic was first seized in May in St.

Faith Ann Barnes and her husband, Rick Barnes, are helping to guide Rolla’s needy children through the cracks of family poverty. The couple coordinate and manage what is known today as a backpack program. With local school cooperation, the Aldi grocery, the Vineyard church, donors and an army of volunteers, they provide nutritious weekend meals for nearly 430 children in Rolla. The Rolla Daily News reports the meals have been helping elementary, middle school, and junior high age children for over nine years.

  A 55-year-old disabled woman lost nearly everything in a house fire on Saturday, but it could have been worse without the help of her daughter and a mysterious stranger. Mary Beth Davis’s home was destroyed on Saturday after an electrical fire burned it to the ground. The Lebanon Daily Record reports Davis was sleeping at the time. Her daughter happened to be at the home and was able to alert Davis and a friend sleeping on the couch. The family managed to escape the house and a stranger helped the family move their vehicles before the flames could reach them.

Summer can be one of the busiest times of the year, if you happen to be Chancellor at Missouri University of Science & Technology! 

Five Hours of Freedom

Jul 12, 2016

An inmate worker who may have been free soon anyway escaped Saturday and now may face a mandatory 5 year sentence after being quickly recaptured. Wesley L. Hatmon, 33, of Lebanon was part of a crew of inmate workers helping with the Laclede County Fair in Lebanon. The Lebanon Daily Record reports that after feigning illness, the inmate went to the restroom where he walked out of the back door. A car was waiting for him and authorities believe it belonged to his half-brother. Police tracked Hatmon to his home where him and three others were arrested.

Arch Madness

Jul 12, 2016

For 50 years. an unsolved mystery in St. Louis centered around who piloted the small plane that flew through the legs of the newly completed Gateway Arch in 1966. Donna Doris, 75, said the man was her father, Earl Bolin, who was a bit of a daredevil. The family held on to the secret for five decades. According to the Rolla Daily News, the family recently decided to come clean because the stunt was mentioned in a “This Day in History” post in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A year before the stunt occurred, the FAA warned that any pilot who flew through the legs would be severely penalized.

There are many birds that you commonly hear but almost never see. 

Artist in the Woods

Jul 12, 2016

Artists from all over Missouri are inspired by the beautiful Ozark woodlands.  The Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center in Salem has a new exhibit entitled Artist in the Woods

Project "Lead The Way"

Jul 12, 2016

Project Lead The Way is an innovative way of teaching teachers how to teach STEM topics.  Missouri S&T is one of the leading STEM institutions in the country, and a liaison to the national Lead the Way program.  KMST student reporter Jack Crewse talks with Ben Yates about it. 

Birds are just as thirsty in the summer heat as we are!  KMST's Backyard Birder says we all need to keep water around for our feathered friends.

Zip It Up

Jul 11, 2016

  Transportation departments in Missouri and Kansas have joined Minnesota and Washington in urging drivers to use the “zipper merge” method when approaching lane closures, most often associated with road construction. Using all available lanes until the last moment, then alternating entry into the open lane, helps reduce accidents by keeping both lanes moving at the same speed, said David Silvester, a Missouri Department of Transportation engineer.

Marijuana Magic

Jul 8, 2016

A man arrested for growing marijuana said five plants just appeared in his garden. On June 30, a police officer responded to the residence of David Burns after receiving information that a man was growing marijuana. According to the Lebanon Daily Record the officer searched the property and found a suitcase filled with over 35 grams of marijuana. The officer also discovered several pieces of paraphernalia along with two seven-foot tall marijuana plants and five small marijuana plants in a garden.

    From the poetry etched into the Statue of Liberty, to the hymns that became our national anthems, to the words of the Declaration of Independence, the American Tradition was built on . the power of language, and the language of power. Here with a celebration of that language is local marine and Chief Warrant Officer Three, Andre Mayes.


Knowing when something doesn’t look right and trusting gut instincts are critical skills for Fort Leonard Wood’s Directorate of Emergency Services deputy director. Those abilities were tested June 16 when Don Rose drove home from work. The Guidon newspaper reports a lady was trying to break her windshield when Rose drove by and noticed the unusual behavior. He later turned around and got out to help the woman who had locked her keys in the car, along with her infant child. The two were able to rescue the child who was unharmed in the hot car.

The 31st annual Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival will take place until this Saturday, July 2, at Starvy Creek Bluegrass Park. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dailey and Vincent, and the Spinney Brothers will be dazzling listeners along with nine other notable bands. The first performance begins tonight at 6:30. The Lebanon Daily Record reports the festival began in 1985 when Don and Bobby Day decided to have a music party on their farm and invite the public. Since then, attendance has grown to over 3,000 visitors.

Future inventors entering grades one through six can now spend the summer doing what they love. Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp, supported by the US Patent and Trademark Office is coming to Missouri S&T in mid-July. The Rolla Daily News reports the week long camp allows students to get out all their creative and imaginative energy in a way not normally feasible in the classroom. This year’s theme, Epic, focuses on the environment with solar-powered activities and eco-adventures.