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Transcript: The Community Focus Update (11/19/20)

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

The Community Focus Update Date: November 19th, 2020

Paradcast Commercial :30 seconds Note: This is a working document information may change. Missing numbers means stories were dropped. (FSG)

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-:60 Opener/Lower third (Mike) (One shot) (Zoom in) Mike: Welcome to our 35th episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff.

(One shot) Mike: In this week’s episode, we’ll learn about a local business promotion that is giving away money. We’ll also learn about online scammers who are taking advanatge of the covid-19 pandemic. Lastly in the program, If you are business owner you’ll want to stick around to learn how you can survive during these trying times. 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. -Pewitt Law Graphic Mike: Since 1992, Douglas Pewitt has been serving the public as an attoney. If you have questions about Family law to include divorce and child custody, auto or personal injury, or found yourself on the other side of the law. Call Pewitt Law Offices at 918-542-8400. -Ron Enderland Art Graphic Mike: Christmas is right around the corner and Ron Enderland Art is making it easy for you to find that special gift. In addition to his pen drawings of famous people and places, For the second year. Ron is selling his Miami historic calendar. This calendar is printed right in Miami, Oklahoma and features heavy paper, spiral binding. Each month features a location from Miami past and is suitable for framing when the year is over. To order visit

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. #1(One shot/video) (Miami Mayor gives away cash)

Mike: Looking for a little extra cash this holiday season? Miami Mayor Bless Parker explains a fun contest that supports local business and gives area residents a chance to win a hundred dollar bill. Upper Third: Facebook: Bless Parker Mayor of Miami Oklahoma Lower Third: Bless Parker, Mayor, Miami, Oklahoma

#2(One shot/Graphic) (Commerce Craft Fair) Mike: The Commerce Parks and Recreation committee is proud to present the 1st Annual Craft Show. Join us as we begin the Christmas season and check out local craft vendors. Admission is free. For booth information, please contact Jackie Smith at 918-541-5410

#4 (One shot/OTS Graphic) (Better Business Bureau online events)

Mike: The holiday shopping season is upon us. With the pandemic, many local in-person events, such as popup holiday markets or craft fairs, have moved online. Scammers are creating phony copycat events that charge for admission and steal your credit card information. How the Scam Works You hear that your city’s annual holiday market or another shopping event will be held virtually this year. You search for it online and find a social media post or event page. Besides moving online, one other big thing is different this year. The event, which has been free in the past, is now requiring a paid ticket. You enter your credit card number and personal information, such as full name and address. Unfortunately, the “ticket” is a scam! The event information you found was posted by scammers and not affiliated with the real holiday market. Con artists are creating fake event pages, social posts, and emails to confuse attendees into sharing their credit card information. In another twist on this scam, some virtual holiday markets have a website or social media page where vendors can post photos of their products and links to their websites. Be careful here too! Some consumers reported to BBB that they the clicked the links provided, thinking they lead to an online shop. Instead, the sites downloaded malware.


How to Avoid a Online Event Scam:

-Is there an admission fee? Visit the event’s website to see if you need to purchase an admission ticket for the virtual event. If not, watch for scammers trying to claim otherwise. If this happens, message the event coordinator to help prevent other virtual attendees from being scammed.

-Research vendors and the host. If the event is unfamiliar to you, research the host and list of vendors ahead of time. While virtually browsing from booth to booth, make sure you are only clicking on the links provided. If you are unsure if a shop is legitimate do an online search for that vendor’s store rather than follow the link provided.

-Use a credit card. When making any purchases, use your credit card. This way if anything gets charged that wasn’t supposed to be, you can file a claim with your credit card company.

Keep your receipts. Make note of all of your purchases and save your receipts. If you have a question about a product or need to make a return, you will have the vendor’s information readily available.

-Know the return policy. Before making a purchase, ask the vendor what their return policy is so you will not run into issues after the holidays.


To learn learn more more about holiday pop-up shops and event scams or to report a scam visit

#5 (One Shot/video/Graphic) (GOV. Stitt restuarants and bars)

Mike: With over 150,000 of covid-19 cases in Oklahoma and the 1,500 deaths that have occurred. Govenor Stitt has released new rules for restruants and bars.


Upper Third: Youtube: Governor Kevin Stitt, 11/17/20

Lower Third: Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma Governor

(One shot/Graphic/Camera One) (News Tip/Trivia) -Graphic Mike: If you have a news tip we’d like to hear from you. Shoot us an email at with the Word “News” in the subject Line.


Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll talk with the folks from the Miami Regional Chamber of commerce about how covid-19 can affect local business. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know. Trivia: Watch video for trivia

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Lower Third: Charlotte Howe, CEO/President, Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mike: Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know. Trivia: Watch video for trivia

Comercial Break (Unity of Joplin, Paid)

Mike: Welcome back everyone.

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!

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