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Transcript: The Community Focus Update (09/02/20)

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

The Community Focus Update Date: September 2, 2020

Note: this is currently a working document. (FSG)

Covid-19 Disclaimer (PPT Video/Chroma Key)

-:60 Opener/Lower third (Mike) (One shot) (Zoom in) Mike: Welcome to our 29th episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff. Rodeo Miami at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. (One shot) Mike: In this week’s episode, we’ll learn what a local schools are doing in response to an uptick of covid-19 cases. We'll recap last weeks rodeo. We will deliver an in-depth report on a recent emergency ordinance passed by the Miami City Council. Also during the program we'll give you a chance to win some money. Before we get into the news, let’s talk about our sponsors. - Graphic

-Elegance Unleashed Mike: Elegance Unleashed; Owner Deb Swank offers a full service salon for you and your family. They offer a wide variety of services from haircuts to pedicures. Due to easing of state and local Covid-19 rules Elegance Unleashed, will be taking one-on-one appointments. Children and the disabled can be accompanied by one adult. As a safety caution all clients are asked to wear surgical masks. If you don’t have a mask one will be provided. Deb wants to thank everyone for their past patronage and looks forward to serving returning and new customers. For an appointment call 918-544-6976.


Mike: Do you or a loved one need home care? Then give Caring Hands Home Services a call at 417-825-5600. Caring Hands Home Services offers covid-19 compliant care in your home with light cooking and cleaning. With stay at home orders issued by state and local governments, Caring Hands Home Services is an essential business and offers grocery pickup from your favorite store! Caring Hands Home Services serves Ottawa County and the Joplin Metro area.


Mike: We also want to thank Rachel's Marvelous Masks. In this current state of caution why not look trendy and wear a mask that suits your personality. With masks starting at $8, Local seamstress Rachel Sanda reminds you to spread love, not germs! For more information visit Rachel's Marvelous Masks on Facebook or call (918) 244-1049.


Mike: The Ottawa County Farmers Market is now open and following CDC covid-19 guidelines to include “one way in, one way out” service, hand washing stations, social distancing, and all vendors wearing masks. The Ottawa County farmers market is every Thursday afternoon from 4 to7 at 225 B St NW behind All Saints Episcopal Church for more information visit OttawaCounty FM dot com.

-Graphic Mike: If you’d like to advertise or be a sponsor of The Community Focus Update it’s only $10 an episode during the covid-19 pandemic. Email me at Michael Woodruff Media Management dot com with the Word “advertising” in the subject line. (One shot/Graphic) (Covid in Commerce Schools) Mike: On Monday August 31st, The Commerce school district learned that a high school student in Group B has tested positive for COVID-19 and a middle school student in Group B is showing symptoms for COVID-19. The students are currently in self-quarantine. Upon learning the news, school distirct immediately contacted the Ottawa County Health Department to receive guidance. The first step will be conducting contact tracing and making appropriate notifications by reviewing video, interviewing/reaching out/providing assistance directly to individuals with an elevated risk of exposure who may have been in recent close contact with the students. According to the CDC, for COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. All families directly impacted by this news are being contacted. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding the infected students’ identity was not released.

-Graphic Email:

Mike: If you have questions email Jim Haynes at the email on the screen.

(One shot/ Graphic) (Covid at Miami High School)

Mike: Miami High school has also had a reported case on Tuesday, September 1st, According to a Faceboook post by Superintendent Jeremy Hogan, the student has not been in school since Friday, August 28th, and those who were in direct contact have been notified. Mr. Hogan reassured the community all school sites are cleaned and sanitized daily and reminded students to continue to practicing the three “W’s” *Wear a face-covering *Watch your distance (6 feet) *And Wash your hands regularly

Mike: If you have any questions, please contact Miami Public Schools at (918) 542-8455.

(One shot/Graphic) (Covid at Quapaw High/Middle School)

Mike: In the afternoon on Wednesday September 2nd, Quapaw Public Schools was notified of a positive COVID case at Quapaw High School. To minimize exposure, all High School and Middle School students were dismissed at 1:30 p.m and will be going to virtual instruction until September 15 with classes resuming on campus September 16. All activities, to include football games, will also be cancelled until that time. Since the elementary school wasn't affected, students will continue to have regular classes on campus. If your child shows any COVID symptoms please contact your primary care doctor. For more information you can call the school at (918) 674-2501

(One shot/File Video/Graphic) (Covid in Ottawa County Jail) Mike: Also in Covid-19 news, Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic the Ottawa County Detention Center has taken many precautions in an attempt to keep the virus from entering the jail. According to a press release on Tuesday September 1st by Sheriff Jeremy Floyd, since March the Ottawa County Jail has processed 764 inmates. Recently officials discovered a positive case in the jail that was transferred to another facility prior to being notified of the test results. The Sheriff’s Office is taking precautions and is testing inmates and staff to see if anyone else could potentially test positive. Fortunately the inmate that tested positive was isolated to a cell since their reception date, thus being limited to personal contact, and was not in general population. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor any new potential symptoms. With this being said, non-criminal (Applicant) fingerprints will be suspended until September 15.

(One shot/graphic) (Covid and Business)

Mike: In April, Microsoft disclosed that the number of subscribers to its Game Pass service a Netflix type service for gaming cracked 10 million. Among those subscribers, Microsoft reported a 130-percent increase in multiplayer engagement across March and April. Nintendo also announced sales of its Switch console were up 24 percent year-over-year, while its new game, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” had sold 13.5 million copies since its release in late March. All of this was due to stay at home orders issued by Federal and State/provincial governments worldwide. Local businesses also benefited from people staying at home and playing video games. Shane Schertz of Extreme gaming in Miami says this uptick has ended.

Lower Third: Shane Shertz, Owner, Extreme Graming

(One shot/video) (Rodeo Miami)

Mike: Last week we broadcasted live from Rodeo Miami at the Miami Fairgrounds. This annual event had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19 concerns. Amanda Davis with the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau explains how this event had to adapt.

Lower Third: Amanda Davis, Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

(One shot/Video) (Rodeo-Mutton Busting)

Mike: In addition to cowboys and cowgirls riding bulls and bronco riding, children also had an opportunity to be part of the show. In Mutton Busting the rules are simple, the competing children have to hold on tight as they ride a sheep. The child who stays on the longest wins a prize. Kirsten Weisinger mother of competitor Chloe Weisinger says her daughter finds Mutton Busting a challenge. Lower Third: Kirsten Weisinger, Mother

Lower Third: Chloe Weisinger, Mutton Buster

Mike: This years event was sponsored nightly by David Dean Candidate for Ottawa County Sheriff.

Mike: If you have a news tip we’d love to hear from you. Shot us an email at Michael at Woodruff Media Management dot com and Type “News” in the subject block.

Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll give you an overview of Tuesday evening's Miami City council meeting. Here's a piece of trivia you may not know. Trivia: It is impossible to sneeze with your eye open.

Commercial Break Unity of Joplin (Paid)

Mike: And we're back,

(One shot/Video) (Miami Marijuana Dispensary Zoning Law Voted) Upper Third: Video Via Sept 1, 2020

Mike: At Tuesday night's Miami City Council meeting, city leaders discussed the passage of City Ordinance 2020 dash 6, This emergency ordinance addresses the initial lack of state guidance when it came to zoning laws after Oklahoma voters approved State question 788, a law that legalized medical usage of Marijuana.

-Graphic/Map Mike: City Ordinance 2020 dash 6 regulates Medical Marijuana Businesses or MMBs within the central commercial district also known the C4. According to the ordinance, this law ensures downtown Miami preserve its historic nature and tourist, arts and cultural heritage as well as to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the city and its citizens.


Mike: Among the requirements established by the ordinance, there will be no new dispensaries allowed to open while current businesses be allowed to remain open and allowed to be sold in when owners see fit. Miami City Attorney Ben Loring explains why having a grandfather clause like this is important

Lower Third: Ben Loring, City Attorney, City of Miami

Mike: While Mr. Loring focused on the downtown aspect of the ordinance during the meeting, he did not mention the additional details the ordinance addresses. Here are a few points we thought you'd find interesting:



-The law only applies to businesses, individuals with state issued caregiver grow licenses can grow plants in their residence with specified security measures.

-No on-premises consumption of medical marijuana or medical marijuana product by smoke or vaporization shall be allowed within businesses within the city or within twenty-five (25) feet of the entrance or exit of such premises.

-No such business shall be allowed within one thousand (1,000) feet of any public or private school entrance.

-MMB's are specifically allowed only in M3's or intensive industrial districts and Agricultural Districts which, according to a 2010 Miami Zoning map, are currently near the Miami Airport, the Industrial park on Mushroom Farm Road, Henley Avenue, and H street Southeast near the water treatment plant. We found no agricultural districts on the 2010 Miami Zoning map.

-New MMB's are not allowed to open in city limits.

-Ordinance does not address Tribal land.


Mike: Miami City leaders unanimously passed the ordinance via the Emergency Clause that make the law effective immediately. While the required two votes happened, a specific emergency was not mentioned.

Mike: To watch the full video of the city council meeting, read the entire ordinance, or see how Miami is zoned, visit our website woodruff media management dot com slash news and read the transcript of today's episode.

Mike: Upon watching the city council meeting we reached out to The Flying Pig Dispensary located downtown Miami to get their thoughts on the passage of ordinance 2020 dash 6. Lower Third: _____________, Owner, The Flying Pig Dispensary Sources:

City Council Video

Ordinance Language

City Zoning Ordinances 09/01/20 Minutes verifying Mr. Lorings overview of ordinance explanation

Mike: After the break we’ll have more news. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know. Trivia: Watch video for trivia

Commercial Break -Featherstone (Paid)

Mike: Welcome back everyone

(One shot/Video/Photos) (Miami Caboose for Sale)

Mike: Since the 80's visitors to the MHS Key Club park or what many refer to as Rocket park have noticed one of Miami's greatest mysteries. A fenced in caboose. In past conversations, I've heard many tales about this piece of railroad history yet nobody can actually give me definite details. Last year, I even went inside and took a look around. Aside from a maintenance log on the bathroom wall dating back to the 80's there is no explanation why the caboose was placed in the park. I contact the Miami News-Record and the Ottawa County Historical Society and both places had little information. According to google search cabooses were the place to house a railroad crew that was need to operate a train. With the advances of technology and the laws that adjusted with that change, cabooses were no longer needed. How it got to Miami is a mystery. Recently the city put the caboose up for auction online with a starting bid of $500. Currently the bid is 5,000. By Friday the highest bidder will have a caboose and a piece of American railroad history. Around North America cabooses have been used for houses, offices, and museum exhibits. In the comment section below this video we'd like to know what would you do with a caboose? Among the the answers, we'll draw a name and that winner will receive a crisp $20 bill.

Want to buy the caboose? Visit this link

Tease: Interview with Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce about Designs of Autumn and what the city is doing to

Mike: Well that’s it for this week's program. Be sure to like and share this video and become our friend on Facebook. Thanks again for watching. We’ll see you next week! (Copyright/fade out)

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