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Transcript: The Community Focus Update (11/25/20)

Updated: Feb 4, 2021

The Community Focus Update Date: November 25th, 2020

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-:60 Opener/Lower third (Mike) (One shot) (Zoom in) Mike: Welcome to our 36th episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff. Thanksgiving

(One shot) Mike: In addition to this week’s program going to the dogs, we’ll see what happened at a recent Miami’s city council meeting, and review upcoming holiday events around Ottawa county. 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) (Milkman Interview)

Mike: Our first story is about an escape artist who has become a local celebraty around Miami.


Milkman is a friendly American bulldog and Pittbull mix who refuses to be cooped up at home. His owner Joshua Thronebury explains.

Lower Third: Joshua Thronebury, Senior, Commerce High school #2(One shot/Video) (Kids Visit Animal Shelter) Mike: On Monday November 23rd, area children and guardians visited the Miami Animal shelter and fed the animals a sweet treat. Eight year old Aryanna McElhaney said it was fun.

Lower Third: Aryanna McElhaney, 8 years old

Mike: This event was conducted under the watchful eye of animal shelter staff. While all animals are currently accounted for you can call the Miami Animal shelter at 918-541-2275 to see if there are any animals that need a home.

#2A (one shot/graphic) (Afton Cofee at Chamber of Commerce)

The Town of Afton and Afton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a coffee connect, a meeting designed to build communication between area businesses, the Town of Afton, and Chamber. The first meeting will feature a guest speaker from Oklahoma Work Force. The meeting will be on December 3, 2020 at 9am in the community center at 201 sw 1st.

#3(One shot/Graphic) (Area Christmas Celebrations)

Mike: With the holiday season in full swing, area communities are hosting a few events:


Mike: The town of Quapaw is hosting it’s tree lighting service on December 2nd at 6:30pm on the corner of 4th and main.


Mike: In downtown Commerce on December 5th at 3pm. It’s the Commerce Christmas parade. If you want to be part of the parade it’s quite simple line up by 2:30. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories. There is no charge to participate.


Mike: The Wyandotte Nation Christmas party drive-thru event will be at the arti nesvold Community Center on Saturday morning December 12th from 10 to noon. Each child present will receive a gift from Santa and each houshold will also receive a $25 gift card. For questions call 918-678-6319.

#4(One shot/Graphic) (Area Christmas Celebrations cancelled) Mike: Unfortunately there are a few Miami events that have been cancelled due to covid-19 concerns they are:

-Graphic -Santa & A Movie at the Coleman

-Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and the adjacent Rotary Pancake Feed

-The Holiday open house

-The Miami downtown Ladies Night Out Shopping Event

Mike: While the Miami Kiwanis club has cancelled its holiday home tour it has replaced it with a christmas light contest for Miami residences and businesses.


Mike: To be part of the fun the entry fee is $40 and residential winners will recievers half of the entry fee pot and the commerical winner will recieve a trophy. Entries are due by december 15th. With the winners being announced on January 1st. For an entry form visit the Miami Kiwanis club on Facebook.

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 a man who has made giving toys to area children his ongoing holiday mission. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know. Trivia: Watch video for trivia

Comercial Break (Unity of Joplin :30, Paid)

(One Shot/Graphic) #8 (Zoom interview)

Lower Third: Jerry Coach, The Jerry Coach Santa Claus program

Mike: After the break, you’ll have a chance to win a calendar from Local Artist Ron Enderland. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know. Trivia: Watch video for trivia

Comercial Break (AARP/Covid-19 :60, PSA) (One Shot/Video) #9 (Miami City Council and Facemasks) Mike: Last night Tuesday November 24th, The Miami City council met for it’s bimonthly meeting among the many topics of city business discussed was the wearing of facemasks in the past Mayor Bless Parker has said he was not for a mask mandate for the city. Here’s a portion and result of that conversation.

-Video (Awaiting video to post on city website as of 12:04pm 11/25/20)

Mike: While I often refrain from commenting on news stories, the fact that wearing a mask to prevent the spead of covid-19 is so controversial boggles my mind. According to the CDC, mask usage by infected persons prevent 80% transmission and those not infection who wear a mask are protected up to 50%. Even without the countless research conducted by scientists common sense alone says it works. If you don’t believe me then read the book of Leviticus in the old testement of the Bible. While most readers tend to focus on the “holiness” aspect, Levitcus is a direct documentation of the cause and effect of infection from a time when there was little scientific knowledge. The concept of quarantine, hand washing, exposure rates, and social distancing are still being found to be true. While the direct question of mask usage is no where to be found in the Bible. Loving your neighbor, humbling yourself, and sacrificing for the betterment of the community are ongoign themes throughout the 66 books of the Bible. Here in Ottawa county where 73% of it’s residents hold mainly Christian beliefs. Following those three ideals should be at the forefront of everything we do. Sadly it’s the exact opposite and in order to justify not wearing a mask many say “it’s my right”. To that I say follow Paul’s advice to the Corenthians “Be careful, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” Frankly, I’m tired of reporting on Covid-19 each week. The story is getting old. I miss going to events and interviewing everyone I meet. I miss siting beside a stranger at public dinners and sharing a meal. I miss going to the movies. I miss flying in an airplane to a vaction destination. I hate continually preaching at my daughter to wear her mask and grounding her each time I discover she didn’t. I’m tired of seeing friends and family lose time at work and trying to figure out how to pay the bills. If we truly care about our rights then lets safegaurd them by wearing a mask and ending this pandemic. We have the power to do this.

Sources used in Mike’s “Rant” Mask Usage Levitcus Christian Population Rights and Stumbling Block 1 Corinthians 8:9 9Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

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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